Thomas Donald Hillson
January 11, 1949 – April 5, 2019
Thomas Donald Hillson, 70, of Ames, died April 5. He was born in Austin, Minnesota, to Donald and Anies Hillson. . Visitation will be at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th St, Ames) on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 2-4:00 p.m. Celebration of Life will be at the funeral home on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.
He graduated from Charles City High School and Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Master’s degree in plant physiology. He worked in the Iowa State University forestry research lab; for CE Software; and managed and supported the computer systems for the ag college at ISU. Tom was an avid orchid grower, starting with 2 seedlings and eventually grew to 6000 orchids in his greenhouse at his home. In the 1980s he helped found a Mac user group at ISU. He and his wife took many trips to Yellowstone National Park. They were enthusiastic supporters of ISU athletic teams.
He is survived by his wife Glenda; brother, David (Cynthia); sister, Denise (Steven) Long; brother-in-law, Wesley (Lauri) Winters; aunt, Elaine (Tom) Trotman; nieces, nephews, many cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Steve.
- He is survived by his wife Glenda; brother, David (Cynthia); sister, Denise (Steven) Long; brother-in-law, Wesley (Lauri) Winters; aunt, Elaine (Tom) Trotman; nieces, nephews, many cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents (Donald and Anies) and brother Steve.
- Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
- Memorial Service Sunday, April 14, 2019
Thomas Donald Hillson
April 12, 2019
I met Tom in 1998 when I started tech support for one of the departments in the College of Agriculture. He was very patient with me, a person who had little in the way of formal training in computer hardware, software, operating systems, or programming languages. He gave me some memories I will never forget, about dealing with others needing help. I learned to become a passable tech guy! He told me about Linux; The start of a 20 plus year fascination in frustration and amazement. He also became a great friend. Lunches in Campustown, and Prime Rib at the Flame & Skewer, of course, figure highly in those memories. I'm going to miss you, Tom.
April 9, 2019
Sympathy from Mrs Honore Steimel Charles City, Iowa.