John H. Hillebrand Jr., 85, of Gilliam, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Cremation. Memorial services will be Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Rev. Jess Spurgin will officiate. Organist Bethany Weiker will play "How Great Thou Art," "The Church in the Wildwood," and "In the Garden." Inurnment with military services will be in the Gilliam Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Howard County Hospice.
Born Nov. 6, 1921, in Urich, he was the son of the late John H. Hillebrand Sr. and Eva Catherine Schneider Hillebrand. On Jan. 13, 1945, in Reno, Nev., he married Juanita R. "Nita" Peterson; she preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2004. He was a member of Gilliam United Methodist Church. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of American Legion Post 78 and VFW Post 4367 in Slater. He had served as a councilman and mayor for 12 years for the City of Gilliam. He retired from Kansas City Power & Light after 34 years of service.
He is survived by three daughters, Johnita "Sue" Trapp and her husband, Rick, of Shawnee, Kan., Barbara Trapp and her husband, Joe, of Gilliam, and Vonnie Page of Marshall; six grandchildren, Michelle Crone, Sean Trapp, Nicolas Trapp, Tony Pycke, Andy Pycke and Joe Trapp; three great-grandsons, Lukus Crone, John Payne and Hayden Pycke. He was preceded in death by two sisters.
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