|Published by Fremont Tribune on Oct. 28, 2021 and the Enterprise October 29, 2021|
Gary Arlyn Hilgenkamp
April 26, 1940 – October 26, 2021
Gary Arlyn Hilgenkamp, age 81, of Arlington, Nebraska, went to his eternal home on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.
The eldest son of Harvey and Elsie (Ahlmeyer) Hilgenkamp was born April 26, 1940, on the family homestead, where Gary lived most of his life.
Gary attended Bisbee School and St. Paul's Lutheran School in rural Arlington, and graduated from Arlington High School in 1958. After graduation, he served his country in the Nebraska Air National Guard where his unit received the Wilson Trophy for being one of the top rated units in the country.
He married the love of his life, JoAnn Bradbury, on Sept. 2, 1962, in Fremont, Nebraska, continuing to live on the homestead raising swine, milking cows, growing grains and hay, and raising a young family.
Gary was proud to be a lifelong farmer and member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He enjoyed animals, antique tractors, and fishing, but his true joy came from spending time with his family and friends. He was known for his sense of humor, generosity, kind spirit, and love of God.
He is survived by son, Rick Hilgenkamp (Wendy); granddaughters, Hannah and Lily; great-grandson, Ryker, all of Arlington; daughter, Sherie Hilgenkamp (Tom Streeter) of Newcastle, Wyoming; brother, Rollyn Hilgenkamp of Arlington; sister, Judy Bushek of Littleton, Colorado; and beloved extended family and a multitude of dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
His Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Arlington, Nebraska. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lutheran Family Services, or LCMS Mission Central.
~~~Obituary courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska Public Library~~~
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