Harold Edward Hiel Jr.

January 23, 1947December 1, 2018

Harold “Butch” Edward Hiel, Jr., of Spring, Texas, entered into rest on December 1st 2018. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on January 23, 1947.

Butch graduated from North Field High School and attended St. Olaf College for 2 years before receiving a degree from the United States Army as a pilot. He was married to Betty Hiel on September 23rd, 1989.

Butch had a career as a helicopter pilot for the United States Army, Transco, and Air Logistics. He was a loyal member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and had a passion for travel, coin and stamp collecting, books, music, photography, dogs, and loved his job as a pilot.

He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Ridings and step-sons Rodney and Eric Powell; grandchildren Chris, Ryan, Reagan, Bowen, Dallas, Bailey, Madison, Abigail, and Landon; siblings Carol Arny, Lyle Hiel, Beth Ann Means, Cathy Curtis, Susan Reynolds, and Christy Sobota.

A Visitation will be held in his honor on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. inside the Chapel of American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston Texas 77038. The Celebration of Life service will take place at 12:00 p.m. after which he will be escorted to the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston Texas 77038, where he will be laid to rest with honors.

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  • Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, December 6, 2018

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E. Pam Miller

December 4, 2018

I have two strong memories of being with Butch. (Our visits were not nearly frequent enough. ) My husband Rick has always talked about his big brother Butch and when we got together, it was a special time.
Early on, there was a family get-together and Butch and his daughter, Jennifer, traveled to Albert Lea, MN for the party. Rick and I came from Ohio bringing with us our daughter, Nessa, who was about 5 years old, and our son, Derrick, almost 2 years old. Nessa was so cute with her pigtails that her aunt Lori, cousin Jennifer, and cousin Kim styled for her. Butch razed the gang of girls all day as they laughed and covered the cement patio with colored chalk drawings. Later, Butch wandered in the kitchen while Derrick was getting a quick bath in the sink. Butch joined right in with Derrick. Leaning against the counter, he splashed Derrick and pulled his toes. Derrick had a tracheotomy and Butch teased me; "Ya better watch it, when Derrick puts his mouth on the faucet - the water is going to spout right out the trach!" He was so comfortable with Derrick at a time when Derrick's trach was still new to us. Butch's confidence, playful humor, and love will stay with us all forever.

But my favorite memory is dancing with Butch at Lori's wedding. We both love to dance and with every "good" song, we'd jump off our chairs and dance like fools! We cut the rug with swing, bop and twist but it was the boogie-woogie that was fabulous fun! Dancing is magical. I imagine Butch is dancing in heaven across the stars.