Published January 27 2013
He was born in Barnesville, Minn., to Frank and Theresa Hilgers. He married Millie McGregor in 1944 in Ephrata, Wash., while they were both serving with the military during World War II. They lived for 62 years in Wahpeton, N.D.
He has six children, Kathy (Dave) Larson, Faribault, Minn.; Dan (Anita) Hilgers, Dexter, Iowa; Patti (Chuck) Haberman, Apple Valley, Minn.; Mike (Kim) Hilgers, Phoenix; Brian (Becky) Hilgers, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and Sheila (Mark) Beauchene, Fargo; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.