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James Hay Hiett

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James Hay Hiett, 68, of Bellefontaine, passed away at 2:32 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, Columbus.

Mr. Hiett was born in Lima on May 14, 1944, to the late Don E. and Martha Hay Hiett. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Myra Traxler.

On Aug. 11, 1968, he married the former Jane E. Ewing in Lima and she survives, along with children, Jami Marie Hiett of Bellefontaine and Jason Don (Katherine) Hiett of Loveland; and three granddaughters, Sarah Marie, Laura Katherine and Madalinne Jane Hiett.

Mr. Hiett received a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College, attended Indiana University, and graduated from Ohio University with a master’s degree. He taught for 32 years before he retired in 1998. For the majority of his career, he taught history at Bellefontaine City Schools.

He was a life member of the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, Western Ohio Education and Bellefontaine Education Association.

Mr. Hiett attended the First United Methodist Church in Bellefontaine. An avid reader, he also enjoyed working at the polls for the Logan County Board of Elections as well as a cashier at Mad River Mountain.

He was an avid sports fan following all sports, especially baseball. He closely followed the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. James frequently attended Reds games with his family. He was a registered Ohio High School basketball official and officiated games in the West Central Ohio Area.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where Pastor Ed Beale officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial is in the Mt. Zion Cemetery on the corner of Hay and Amherst roads near Harrod.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Bellefontaine, or the Logan County Libraries.

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