Ivan Hillman

Ivan Hillman, 92, of Jefferson died Thursday, March 10, 2016.

A Service of Remembrance was held Saturday, March 12 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson. Words of comfort were given by Bruce Webster, Minister of Church of Christ, Jefferson. The recorded music played was “Knowing You’ll Be There” and  “I’ll Meet You In The Morning” by Gaither Vocal Band and “Grandpa, Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days” by The Judds. Honorary bearers were Kylie McDonald, Ellie McDonald, Marlie McDonald, Drake McDonald, Lori Gordon and Lana McDonald. Serving as casket bearers were Neil Hillman, Nick Hillman, Alex Gordon, Matthew Gordon, Rich Gordon and Randy McDonald. Interment was at Paton Township Cemetery, Paton.

Ivan Gene Hillman was born May 4, 1923 to Glenn Hillman and Verna Bateman Hillman on a farm northwest of Dana, Iowa.  He graduated from Dana High School in May of 1941. After graduation, Ivan attended Iowa State University for two years. He studied agriculture and then returned to work on the family farm. Ivan was united in marriage to Betty Calvert on May 5, 1945. They were married for 66 years. Ivan and Betty were the parents of two children, Jolene Kay and Rick Ivan.

Ivan’s greatest accomplishment was attending to the family farm for over forty years and raising two wonderful children. After their children were raised, Ivan and Betty enjoyed spending the winter months in Harlingen, Texas. They met numerous wonderful people and enjoyed entertaining friends and family when they came to visit. Ivan enjoyed playing softball for the Dana Town Team, gardening, Iowa State athletics, and attending his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s athletic activities, being their biggest fan. Ivan was a 4-H leader, a member of the Dana City Council, Dana Methodist Church and later a member of the Grand Junction Methodist Church.

Ivan took great pride in the ability to live independently until October of 2015. At that time, he moved to Regency Park in Jefferson. He enjoyed the great care and compassion he received from the staff at Regency Park. Ivan died on March 10, 2016, at the age of 92 years.

Ivan devoted his life to his wife, Betty, two children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Jolene German and her husband, Freddie, of Jefferson; son, Rick Hillman and his wife, Judy, of Dana; four grandchildren: Lori Gordon (Rich) of Grand Junction; Lana McDonald (Randy) of Winterset, IA; Nick Hillman of Dana and Neil Hillman of Sunrise, Fla.; six great-grandchildren: Alex and Matthew Gordon, and Kylie, Ellie, Marlie,and Drake McDonald; step-granddaughter, Teresa Cross (Dan) of Jefferson; and three step-great-granddaughters: Stephanie, Emily, and Zoe Joy.  Ivan is also survived by his two brothers: Wayne Hillman of Alliance, Neb. and Max Hillman of Springfield, Mo.; and a sister, Martha Hillman of Marshalltown, IA.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; and great-granddaughter, Katie Jo Gordon.

Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, www.sliningerschroeder.com.

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