John Hiltner

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, August 30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton, S.D. for John Joseph Hiltner, 85, of Yankton.

John Hiltner

Posted on 8/29/13

He died Sunday, August 25, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton.

John Joseph Hiltner was born September 22, 1927, in rural Dresden to John A. and Margaret (Schafer) Hiltner. He grew up on the family farm, which was homesteaded in 1904, and worked as a third generation farmer. He married Evangeline Dennick on September 27, 1949 in Langdon. He later began working as a mechanic for Standard Oil in Langdon. In August 1967, they moved to Yankton, where he worked for Firestone until 1984. At the age of 57, he attained his GED in 1985. He then began working for Dale Electronics as a night watchman and delivered the Missouri Valley Shopper as a route driver. He was a lifelong learner and self-taught tradesman. He loved woodworking, building birdfeeders and furniture, and was an avid inventor. He enjoyed working on cars, making his own El Camino and loved his family above all else. He was a true farmer at heart, traveling back to the family homestead to help with planting and harvesting.

Survivors include his wife, Evangeline Hiltner of Yankton; 11 children: Leon (Margaret) Hiltner of Wales; Linda Hiltner of Wall, S.D.; Judy (Jerome) Swensen of Fergus Falls, Minn.; Mary Hiltner of Raleigh, N.C.; Darlene Hiltner of Bullhead City, Ariz.; Betty (Ralph) Gors of Columbus, Neb.; Diane (Terry) Hauger of Yankton; Merle Hiltner of Farmington, Minn.; Kay (Stan) Robinson of Buckeye, Ariz.; Debbie Hiltner of Sandy Valley, Nev.; and John R. (Marcy) Hiltner of Eden Prairie, Minn.; 21 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; his twin sister, Teresa Stangler of Albany, Minn.; two sisters: Rose Imholte of Watkins, Minn. and Rita Uhrich of Wales; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 10 brothers and sisters: Alphonse, Sister Anselm, Tillie, Sister Leodette, Michael, William, Aloysius, Andrew, Clara and Tony; granddaughter, Barb Swensen; one niece, Kathy Wheeler and one great nephew, Troy Gratton.

Wintz & Ray Funeral Home of Yankton was in charge of arrangements.

To send an online sympathy card, please visit wintzrayfuneralhome.com.

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