Clarence Burnie Hiett, Jr.

Hiett, Clarence

Burnie Hiett, 86, passed away on April 30, 2016. A visitation will be at 10:00 am, followed by a “Celebration of Life” service at 11:00 am at Southwoods Christian Church, 16110 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Burnie was born August 24, 1929 in Ottawa, Kansas to Clarence Burnie and Frieda Martha (Spaethe) Hiett. He graduated from Bonner Springs High School in 1947 and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State College in 1951. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was employed at Midwest Research Institute, and held Engineering Management Positions at KW-Dart Truck Company, Rickel Manufacturing, Bryan Corporation, and Snorkel Fire Service Division. While working, he earned a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas University. As part of his work he traveled the world extensively, and thoroughly enjoyed designing special equipment.

He is survived by his wife the “Love of His Life”, Betty (Goble), and they enjoyed 63 wonderful years together serving Jesus Christ. Additional survivors are son, Stephen Hiett; daughter, Laura and her husband, Richard Smith; three granddaughters, Heather and husband Boyd Barker, Lindsay and husband Tony Ceballos, and Rebecca Smith. He also had four great-grandchildren: Abigail Ceballos, David Ceballos, Grace Barker, and Caleb Barker; and a sister, Carolyn Oelschlaeger and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Southwoods Christian Church or a charity of choice.



  1. Ellen Schaaf Aberegg on May 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Laura is a dear friend of my mother’s and I. We love her and by extension, her beloved parents. Our prayers are with the family during this time of grief and celebration of life. So glad we have Jesus and heaven to count on. You are in my and my mother’s prayers.

  2. Dianne Hart on May 6, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Burnie was part of my “village” with Betty, a group of adults who served as example to me. Betty, we will miss our trusted friend. Please know that you, Stephen, Laura, Rob and Sheri can call on us lf needed. Our love and prayers.

  3. Teddi Brent on May 3, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Betty..My love and sympathy to you and yours. Burnie was a very special person to many of us. Hugs.

  4. Paul and Sandy Ring on May 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers with Betty, Laura and Stephen and family.
    He will always hold a place in our hearts.
    Hope to be able to attend on Saturday.

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