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KENNETH PAUL HITZEMAN, 71 of Villa Rica, Georgia passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Mr. Hitzeman was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 8, 1946, the son of the late Paul G. Hitzeman and Bertha Mary Geise Hitzeman. He served in the United States Marine Corps. He retired from ALP Lighting in 2010 as an engineering manager and was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

Following service in Vietnam, “Kenny” held an apprenticeship at General Electric and worked nights to earn his Master of Mechanical Engineering in his hometown of Fort Wayne. In 1979, he moved his family to Georgia, where the Hitzeman’s now call home. In 2005, he retired from Cooper Lighting in Americus with several patents, and he spent the last twelve years of his life close to family and friends in West Georgia.

Throughout his life, Ken shared his remarkable woodworking talent with all who he encountered. He worked in his “Santa’s Workshop” year-round to create gifts for the children of his associates and, especially, his beloved children and grandchildren. He showered them all with these gifts, but (most of all) with his gift of generosity.

Survivors include his wife of over fifty years, Dorothy M. Hitzeman; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Bruce Redford of Villa Rica; sons and daughters-in-law, Kelly and Brenda Hitzeman of Phenix Alabama, Kurt and Andrea Hitzeman of Carrollton; grandchildren, Teighlor Redford, Carleigh Redford, Tyler Hitzeman, Lilly Kate Hitzeman; sister, Carol Jean Pyle of Decatur, Indiana.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly I. Dikty.

The family received friends at Almon Funeral Home, Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Pallbearers were MSG Kelly Hitzeman, USA, Ret., Bruce Redford, Kurt Hitzeman and Tyler Hitzeman.

Funeral services were Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Andersonville National Cemetery with Rev. Bruce Laird and Rev. Hazel Glover officiating. Military Honors were provided by the U. S. Marine Corps.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 606 Newnan Street, Carrollton, Georgia 30117.

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