Kenneth G. Hiers, a resident of Chelmsford, MA, for 46 years and a longtime Lowell businessman, has died at the age of 93. The son of Jacob and Lily (Combs) Hiers, he grew up in Ehrhardt, SC. He served in the US Coast Guard during WW II, attaining the rank of Chief Radioman. He completed his degree at The Citadel in Charleston, and was admitted to Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honorary Society.
Ken moved to Florida to join the ballistic missile program at Cape Canaveral as Chief of Telemetry, working on the Matador, Jupiter, Atlas, and other missiles. During this time he was keen on amateur radio and flying his “Stinson Station Wagon” airplane. He married Carol (Murrell) Hiers, a native Floridian, in 1953, and they raised three daughters.
The family moved to Chelmsford in 1968, and Ken left the aerospace industry to start Middlesex Rental Center in 1970. Ken, and then his daughters, managed the Lowell tool and party rental center for 33 years. After his retirement, Ken spent many happy hours in his vegetable and flower gardens and enjoyed frequent trips around the US and Europe.
Ken will be sorely missed by his wife of 61 years, Carol; his daughters, Marsha Antoinette of Eastham, Nancy (and David) Smith of Cambridge, and Mary (and Luis) Carrillo of North Andover; and his loving grandchildren Sera, Nathan, and Rebecca Ford. He is also survived by the last of his six South Carolina siblings, J.C. (and Faye) Hiers.
Ken was a member of the West Chelmsford Methodist Church; services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to send your memories to [email protected].
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