Erwin J. Hilliard, 89, of Hooper NE

Erwin J. Hilliard, age 89, of Hooper, Nebraska passed September 19, 2016 at the Hooper Care Center.

Services will be 10am Saturday September 24 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hooper.  The Rev. Damien Wee will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Hooper Cemetery with Military Honors.  Visitation will be Friday from 3pm to 8pm with the family present from 6pm to 8pm at Ludvigsen’s Hooper Funeral Chapel.   Memorials may be given to the Hooper Care Center at 400 E. Birchwood, Hooper, NE  68031 or Kindred Hospice at 847 E. 23rd Street, Fremont, NE  68025.

He was born February 10, 1927 on a farm outside of Neligh, NE to Frank and Magdalena Haake Hilliard. He grew up and attended school in Newman Grove, NE.  He enlisted in the US Navy on February 29, 1944 and was honorably discharged May 11, 1946.  Erwin returned to Nebraska as a farm hand.  He married Marjorie Joerger on April 4, 1949 in Yankton, SD and worked on various farms in Madison, Wisner, Stanton and Randolph, NE.

In 1959 he moved his family to Howells, NE and worked for Risch Implement for 3 years. In 1962 he and his family moved to Hooper, NE where he worked for Kassmeier Implement until he retired in 1989. During his retirement he enjoyed traveling to see his family in Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Texas, and Colorado. Gardening, yard work and reading the “Good Book” were his favorite pastimes.

Survivors include his sister, Marian Little of Port Angeles, WA, ex-wife Marjorie Hilliard of Hooper, his children Judy Hall and late husband Ron of Spring Branch, TX, Jeanette Cordes and husband Phil of Scribner, NE, Earl Hilliard and his wife Lori of Fremont, NE, Ernie Hilliard and wife Cherrie of Orange City, IA, Mary Knott and husband Rick of Berthoud, CO, Lyle Hilliard of Prague, NE, Larry Hilliard of North Bend, NE, and Rose Hilliard and husband Stacy Glasgow of Longmont, CO, 20 Grandchildren and 34 Great-Grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by son, James Hilliard, parents, Magdalena and Frank Hilliard, brothers, Ray, Kermit, Russ, Milton and Eldon Hilliard and great-granddaughter Trinity Dart.

Erwin Hilliard

Erwin Hilliard

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