James Lawrence Hilgers, age 75, of Waconia, died Thursday, April 17, 2013, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
He was born Jan. 8, 1938, in Waconia, the son of Joseph and Hedwig (Vanderlinde) Hilgers. James was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia.
He was united in marriage to June M. Goetz Nov. 26, 1960, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia, by Father Joseph Kauer.
Jim honorably served his country in the US Army from 1958-1960, and was a member of the Waconia America Legion.
He was a milk trucker for 45 years, and the owner of Hilger’s Milk Transport. Jim also drove for Water’s Edge.
A loving husband, dad, and grandpa, Jim always loved being around his grandchildren. He and June enjoyed their winter vacation in Lake Havasu City, AZ, where Jim was a member of the Elk’s Lodge. Jim also loved to dance and have coffee with his fellow buddies every day.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Hattie Hilgers; brother Bobby Hilgers; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Rueben and Verna Goetz.
Jim is survived by his loving family; wife June; children and spouses, Joel Hilgers of Cologne, Judie and Steve Kuenzel of Mayer, Jill and Tony Widmer of Norwood Young America, Jason Hilgers of Lake Havasu City AZ, and Justin and Krissy Hilgers of Waconia; grandchildren Abby and Mike Sultvedt, Megan and Peter Arneson, Steph Kuenzel, Brittany, Jay, Maddy, and Jack Widmer, and Nathan and Mitchell Hilgers; brothers and sisters-in-law William and Georgian Hilgers of Waconia, and Dan and Sue Hilgers of Belle Plaine; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Jean and Dick Kelzer of Waconia, and Jim and Dolly Goetz of Waconia; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday April 20 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia with Father Bennet Tran as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.
There was visitation Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the Mass.
Jim’s grandchildren were his casket bearers.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.