Reverend Thomas Eugene Hilger

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Reverend Thomas Eugene Hilger

Reverend Thomas "Pastor Tom" Eugene Hilger, 79, died of complications from congestive heart failure on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021. Tom was born February 21st, 1942 in Sterling, IL to Clinton Hilger and Mildred "Millie" (Currie) Hilger. Tom graduated from Carthage College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL in 1968 with a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained as a pastor in the Lutheran Church of America on May 27, 1968, and retired in April, 2008. On July 29, 2018, he recognized the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination, organized lovingly by his late son, Mike. On December 27, 1964, he married Karen Louise Dotzert of Virginia, IL. They met playing clarinet in the college band and shared a love of music throughout their entire marriage.

Pastor Tom served nine parishes in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa; including Fjeldberg Lutheran in Huxley. Outside of ministry and youth ministry, Tom enjoyed gardening, singing, being a 4-H leader, fishing, bowling, and his many beloved dogs.

Tom is survived by daughter Debbie Hilger Blanco (Julio) of Louisville, CO; son Steve Hilger (Sherry) of Lee's Summit, MO; son David Hilger (Jen) of Norman, OK; grandchldren Gabe, Brooke, Kathryn, Anna, KyAnne, Max, Jake, Shannon, Nathanael, Matthew, and Oliver; a brother, Dan Hilger; brothers-in-law Steve Dotzert (Cindy) and John Dotzert (Lois) of Virginia, IL. Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Dotzert Hilger; his son, Michael Eugene Hilger; his sister, Jill Nailor; and his parents.

Due to the pandemic, a small private memorial service will be held mid-October in Lee's Summit, MO. Interment will take place at Garner Chapel Cemetery in Virginia, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Dad's name to your home congregation, or to www.waysidewaifs.org, a pet rescue organization in Kansas City.

Posted online on August 24, 2021

Published in Tri-County Times

Tri-County Times Obituaries in Tri-County, IA | Tri-County Times
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Reverend Thomas Eugene Hilger

Reverend Thomas Eugene Hilger

Reverend Thomas "Pastor Tom" Eugene Hilger, 79, died of complications from congestive heart failure on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021. Tom was born February 21st, 1942 in Sterling, IL to Clinton Hilger and Mildred "Millie" (Currie) Hilger. Tom graduated from Carthage College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL in 1968 with a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained as a pastor in the Lutheran Church of America on May 27, 1968, and retired in April, 2008. On July 29, 2018, he recognized the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination, organized lovingly by his late son, Mike. On December 27, 1964, he married Karen Louise Dotzert of Virginia, IL. They met playing clarinet in the college band and shared a love of music throughout their entire marriage.

Pastor Tom served nine parishes in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa; including Fjeldberg Lutheran in Huxley. Outside of ministry and youth ministry, Tom enjoyed gardening, singing, being a 4-H leader, fishing, bowling, and his many beloved dogs.

Tom is survived by daughter Debbie Hilger Blanco (Julio) of Louisville, CO; son Steve Hilger (Sherry) of Lee's Summit, MO; son David Hilger (Jen) of Norman, OK; grandchldren Gabe, Brooke, Kathryn, Anna, KyAnne, Max, Jake, Shannon, Nathanael, Matthew, and Oliver; a brother, Dan Hilger; brothers-in-law Steve Dotzert (Cindy) and John Dotzert (Lois) of Virginia, IL. Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Dotzert Hilger; his son, Michael Eugene Hilger; his sister, Jill Nailor; and his parents.

Due to the pandemic, a small private memorial service will be held mid-October in Lee's Summit, MO. Interment will take place at Garner Chapel Cemetery in Virginia, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Dad's name to your home congregation, or to www.waysidewaifs.org, a pet rescue organization in Kansas City.

Posted online on August 24, 2021

Published in Tri-County Times