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Robert Hiester

Civic-minded Robert “Bob” Hiester, 92, always interested in the growth and progress of his beloved Plymouth, has died.

Bob, a resident of Plymouth for sixty-one years coming from Bremen, died, after a brief illness, on Thursday, June 1, 2000, at 7:28 a.m. in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center – Plymouth Campus.

He lived at 818 W. Adams St., Plymouth and spent the past 16 winters in Bradenton, Fla.

Born on January 16, 1908, in Bluffton, Ind., he was the son of Charles N. and Cora Hathaway Hiester.  He graduated from Bremen High School in 1927.

On August 27, 1939, in Plymouth, Bob and Mary Louise John began a marriage of nearly 61 years.

Together they owned Hiester’s Neighborhood Grocery, Madison at 5th Street, for forty years, retiring in 1981.

 Bob enjoyed fishing, especially on Marshall County Lakes.

 He is survived by Mary, his wife, their children and grandchildren.  They are a daughter, Julie A. and David McLiver and their children: David, Jack, Jarom and Amy, all of Plymouth, and a son, John E. and Debra Hiester and their six-week-old twins, Johnathan and Cassie, of Logansport.

Four half-sisters also survive: Jane John, Bradenton, Fla., Gretchen Kimble, Bremen, Llana Huff, Indianapolis and Berniel Butler, Niles, Mich.  Four half-brothers survive as well.  They are: Charles M. Hiester, Bluffton, Ohio, David W. Hiester, Williamsburg, Va., Wendell Hiester, Saginaw, Mich., and Arthur Hiester, Bremen.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Jennie Hiester, and three sisters: Marie Diesch, Esther Wise, Helen McKelvey, and brother, Fay Hiester

 Visitation will be on Sunday, June 4, 2000, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.

Funeral services, conducted by Pres. Gabriel Kemeny, of the Plymouth Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, will be in the funeral home on Monday, June 5, 2000, at 2 p.m.

Entombment will be in the New Oakhill Mausoleum, Plymouth.

 Memorial gifts in Bob’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.