Leon Hilton

September 12, 1948March 6, 2018
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Leon Hilton, age 69, of Lansing, Michigan passed away on Tuesday March 6, 2018. Leon was born on September 12, 1948 to Arthur Hilton and Arey Guy.

He is proceeded in death by his parents; and son, SFC Matthew L. Hilton during Operation Enduring Freedom, in Afghanistan in 2008.

Survived to cherish his memory is his; daughter, Jeanine Hilton; daughter-in-law, Mary Hilton; grandchildren, Hailie and Brent Robinson; and his beloved dog, Max.

Leon worked for the City of Lansing from 1967-2001 during those years, he was president of LEIU from 1970-1987. In 1987 he moved the LEIU to the UAW to form UAW Local 2256. He served as president with the UAW Local 2256 from 1987-2005. When he retired he enjoyed spending time at his second home at Houghton Lake, where you could find him boating, and sitting on his deck enjoying life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Capital Area Human Society, 7095 West Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906 or Potter Park Zoological Society, 1301 South Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing, MI 48912.

Services will be held at Gorsline Runciman Lansing Chapel, 900 East Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912 on March 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., visitation 2 hours prior to service.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hilton family.


  • Arey Guy, Mother
  • Arthur Hilton, Father
  • SFC matthew L. Hilton, Son
  • Jeanine Hilton, Daughter
  • Mary Hilton, Daughter-in-law
  • Hailie Robinson, Grandchild
  • Brent Robinson, Grandchild
  • Max ., Beloved Dog

  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • Potter Park Zoological Society


  • Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Jon Shaffer

March 8, 2018

Rest In Peace Big Guy!
If there’s one thing to take away from Leon, it would be HONESTY
I’ve never met a more honest individual. Considering Leon’s love for his fellow workers and his union activities being honest was not the easiest way out. Total respect for this man!

Jane Meddaugh

March 7, 2018

When I became Unit Chair at the City of East Lansing , a part of Local 2256, Leon took my hand and taught me my job. The one thing he drilled into me was that the Union existed for the Greater Good and protection of the employees. You could fill a room with the grievances he won and the folks he helped. His wisdom will be greatly missed. He was truly an advocate of blue collar labor.

Chuck Shaffer

March 7, 2018

Dad I will miss you and your caring for our city employees, spending 10 months with you in Indiana helping those folks will always be in my mind! You were one of a kind and I will always love ya and misss ya! Chuck

Karen Poufcas

March 7, 2018

Leon was a leader, a mentor, my friend.
Our paths crossed many times, like working the UAW Indiana State campaign, CAP meetings and regional meetings. Years down the road, I was able to be in Local 2256 and then be part of Leon's leadership team. Over the years so many memories were made through good times and tough times. Leon always made the time to be at any Unit functions I asked him to attend. He could make you laugh even when you didn't want to and he always provided guidance to all of us as Unit Chairs, helping us to make our Units stronger. I feel like I am rambling, but I honestly cannot put into words all the memories that we all made together while representing Local 2256 (uh uh).
Billy is as heartbroken as I am and loved Leon as much as I did.
We are so going to miss you Leon.