OBITUARY

Louis Robert Hillman

August 17, 1959May 6, 2019

Louis R Hillman passed away peacefully at his home in East Lansing, Michigan on May 6, 2019. Lou was born in East Lansing on August 17,1959 to Donald and Mary (Richardson ) Hillman.

He received a BS degree from St Meinrad College, Indiana and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goddard College, Plainfield, VT.

Lou had a passion for life and embraced it with enthusiasm. He loved to travel, and anything to do with the arts. He was an accomplished musician, painter, cook and was an avid reader. Lou was a champion of children and worked as a coach for youth soccer and basketball teams and was also a volunteer with the Big Brother Organization.

He is survived by his daughter, Rita Hillman (Jacob) and granddaughter, Alice Mitchell; mother, Mary Hillman; siblings, Donald L (Helen), Richard (Teresa), Mary Lou (Keith) Schwaner, Christine (Paul) Lacroix, Ann (Jeff) Leipprandt and Lisa (Tom) Rolka, along with 18 nieces and nephews and their families . He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Hillman.

A wake will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing Chapel on Thursday, May 9 from 5-8 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m.

Visitation will be at noon on Friday, May 10 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing, followed by the Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. The celebrant will be Rev. Fr. Gary Koenigsknecht.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Clean Water Action Organization, 552 S. Main St., Ann Arobr, MI 48103, The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 or The Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.greastlansing.com for the Hillman family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 10, 2019

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Joseph Reynolds

May 12, 2019

Mary, My wife and I want to offer you and your family our condolences on the loss of your son Louis. May he and all who have died in the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Joe & Elaine Reynolds

Raymond Pfister

May 10, 2019

My sincerest sympathy to Lou's family. I know your hearts are heavy at this time and I pray this passes soon.
I got to know Lou our freshman year in high school. We immediately became great friends. Lou was like that, he would make you at ease and feel like you were friends forever.
We lost touch over the years but I will never forget our friendship. Rest in peace my friend till we meet again.

Joan Mackson

May 10, 2019

My mother lives across the street from the Hillman family. When I visit, things like snow covered sidewalks and driveways, empty garbage cans, iced steps and sidewalk, and leaf covered lawns were always taken care of before I had a chance to get out the door to address them. I asked my mom who was taking such good care of her and she said “Louie”. Once I figured out who he was so I could thank him, he always waved to me like I was an old friend. We are put here for such a short time to do our best to help others and leave a legacy. Louie will be missed for his generous, caring, thoughtful and loving nature. He has truly left his mark on this world. Hillman Family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Kathleen Foley

May 8, 2019

My deepest, most sincere sympathy to Louis' family and friends. Louis was one in a million. He was such a joy to work with. He was always early. He was always one step ahead of us getting tasks done. He was just the kind of person you wanted to have around, not only because he was so great at what he did, but also because he was so kind, thoughtful, and generous. He seemed to radiate joy. It was just wonderful to see him. I am so very sorry for his passing, it's a true and terrible loss. All my best to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Paulette Hatchett

May 8, 2019

I moved into the neighborhood in April, 2006. Louie was one of the first to welcome me. He was warm, supportive, and instructive. He offered to help or helped without being asked when he thought you needed assistance. Whenever or wherever he saw me, he followed that recognition with a wave and a smile. I love my neighborhood and Louie helped make me feel welcome, safe, and at home. I appreciated him. I will miss him. My sincerest sympathy to the marvelous family of which he was a part. May God's love provide comfort and salve to his family at the lost resulting from his passing.

Tim Richardson

May 8, 2019

I knew Louie before he was old enough to walk, and once he could walk, and then run(!), he was always a friendly 'game spirit' addition to the Richardson boys' annual summer visits with the Hillmans. He was our playmate and a member of the group even though we were quite a bit older.

We got to know him then and he never changed that open friendly outlook. Louie had a steady compass and in later years I appreciated the depth of his knowledge and cultural awareness that made him a unique individual who never lost his curiosity and interest in life.

He shared his devotion to his daughter, took a father's pride in her accomplishments, became a grandfather(!) and supported Don and Mary on Berkshire for many years. I feel fortunate to have known him even better in recent years. He will be missed by me and many others.

Eric Faunce

May 7, 2019

Lou was one of my best friends in the 1980s. He and I played soccer, wrote, recorded and performed music together. One of my fondest memories is from when I drove to Chicago to visit him. We took the train up a few stops and did an impromptu performance on the platform for tips. Despite only making enough money to split a hamburger, I remember it as one of the best meals of my life.

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