The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 8, 2014

Elvin D. "Ed" Hiser

Palestine Herald-Press

— 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.

Ed and Joan were married on Valentines Day in 1953 and he was a fine father to their four children, Susan, Ronnie, Terry and Tommy. He loved coaching their softball and baseball teams, taking them hunting and fishing, and he was justifiably proud of their accomplishments. When the grandkids came along, and then the great-grandchildren, Papa's heart was just that much fuller. 

After the death of his first wife, Ed met and married Shirley White in August of 1997, and they shared the last 17 years. They were a very productive team, happiest when they were tackling projects: remodeling a rent house, or gardening, or cooking for a pot luck or hosting a big meal for guests. If you were their neighbor or their friend, you were lucky. And when Ed took Shirley as his wife, he also took on her kids and grandkids as his own, becoming Papa Ed to them and a host of foster children and international exchange students who claim him as their American grandfather.

A man of deep faith, Ed was always an active member of his church home. For decades at Buffalo's First Baptist Church he taught Sunday School and was a member of the Kitchen Committee. More recently, at First Baptist Church in Palestine Ed was a proud member of the church choir. 

It may sound cliche', but Ed Hiser was a genuine "pillar of the community", and many of you knew him through his many contributions to his community. Especially in the years after his retirement, he would sometimes be running from meeting to meeting to meeting. A partial list of organizations where he served -- often as chairman or president -- includes: Pasadena Girls' Softball Association, United Fund, The America Legion, (Congressman Joe Barton's) Sixth District Congressional Advisory Committee, Brazos Valley Regional Community Development Block Grant Review Committee, Texas-Oklahoma Kiwanis, AARP Chapter 2870, Texas Workforce Commission, Brazos Valley Workforce Development Board, the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Crime Watch, the First Resource Center in Palestine and the Palestine Stock Pot Soup Kitchen. He was instrumental in creating Buffalo's Lord's Pantry, the Buffalo Senior Center, and Buffalo's Pate Park. Awards he received are too numerous to list, but he was honored by the Buffalo Kiwanis with their Presidents Special Award, by the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce as Man of the Year in 1987, and by the Buffalo Masonic Lodge with their Community Builder Award in 2001.  

A man of many talents, Ed was equally at home in a tool shed or kitchen. Ed's hobbies included raising parakeets, raising cattle and cooking. His recipe for a stuffed jalapeno he called "Texas Candy" was a work of art and won an award at the State Fair. He had a passion for sports and in his younger years played football, baseball and did a little boxing. In recent years he refurbished a 1922 Model T Ford, with the help of his friend and neighbor Harold Richardson, and it was a prized possession. There wasn't much he couldn't do -- (and nothing he wouldn't CLAIM he could do!)

Ervin D. Hiser leaves a handsome legacy of service to his Lord, his family and his fellow man. Shirley often called Ed "my ANGEL husband", and now he truly is. Ed's passing leaves a void and he will be dearly missed, but our memories are good ones.

Miss Me - But Let Me Go 

When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me

I want no rites in gloom-filled room.

Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little - but not too long

And not with your head bowed low.

Remember the love that we once shared

Miss me -- but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take

And each must go alone.

It's all a part of the Master's plan,

A step on the road to Home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart

Go to the friends we know

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.

Miss me - but let me go.

-- Author Unknown .

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jay Abernathy and the Rev. Roy Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Cemetery. Condolence calls will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

Pallbearers will be Bobby McCurdy, Michael Bosshard, Chris Hiser, Scott Hiser, Ryan Goodwyn and Craig Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Richardson and the men’s Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Stock Pot or to the Buffalo Lord's Pantry.

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