Ervin Dial Hiser was born on Aug. 9, 1932 in Waco, Texas and left this earth in the early morning hours of Feb. 6, 2014. His wife Shirley was by his side in the hospice unit at Palestine Regional Medical Center when he finished his valiant battle with heart disease and related complications.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Lola May Sparks Hiser; his wife, Joan Neumann Hiser; brother, Donald Hiser; and sister, Betty Hiser Jordan.
He is survived by his second wife, Shirley White Hiser of Palestine; his brother, Douglas (wife Annie) Hiser of Sante Fe, Texas; daughters, Susan (and Lawrence) Meleski of Fulsher, and Terri Bosshard of Pearland; sons, Ronnie (and Rene'e) Hiser of Deer Park, and Tommy (and April) Hiser of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; and by stepchildren, Hal White of Kingwood, Vanessa Goodwyn of Buffalo and Jana Franklin of Prescott, Ariz., and their families. He also leaves a legacy of 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Ervin, "Ed" to most of his friends, was a man who made a difference: in his family, his church, his community, and his nation. He was well respected and known by all as a man with a cheerful personality and a calm and even temperament.
The oldest of four kids, Ed was a good big brother, and a strong right hand for his dear mother and his father, whom he considered his greatest teacher. After graduation from Santa Fe High School in 1952, Ed served as an electrician's mate in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1956. An electrician by trade, Ed was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 66 in Houston. One of his proudest efforts was his contribution to restoring electrical power to the Methodist Hospital in Houston after the flooding in 1976. After moving to Leon County he was a Maintenance Supervisor with Houston Lighting & Power, Limestone Plant from 1956 until his retirement in 1992.