RONALD OWEN HILGERS
May 6, 1940 – May 13, 2020
Ronald Owen Hilgers Ron Hilgers, 80, passed away unexpectedly on May 13, 2020. He was born May 6, 1940 in Plainville, Kansas, the son of Owen and Ida Hilgers. He grew up in Plainville, Kansas and graduated from Plainville High School. After high school graduation he attended Kansas University, then later transferred to Fort Hays State where he met Jeanette Zechmeister. Following graduation, Ron and Jeanette (the love of his life) were married. This June, Ron and Jeanette would have been married for 57 years. Ron joined the Navy as a Lieutenant and they were stationed in Coronado California. After the Navy, Ron went into the corporate world working for many companies including Control Data, Simpact, International Totalizator System and Copper Mountain Networks. World travel seemed to be in his blood, whether it was the Navy, or business/personal, Ron was on the go. One of his work assignments allowed him to move his family to Brisbane, Australia for a year. The family enjoyed the opportunity to go “Down Under”. Ron was involved with his children, church, and community. He coached little league and was a scout leader. He and Jeanette were long time active members of Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church. Whether it was the guild, fundraising, ushering, or even participating in the church’s bowling league, the Church was a central part of his life. He and Jeanette enjoyed spending time with friends at the beach and hosted many nights of bridge games. He adored his grandchildren and great grandchild and always said “the reason to have children is to have grandchildren”. In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by brothers Karl and James (Jim). In addition to his wife, Jeanette, Ron is survived by his son, Fred Hilgers and his wife Teri; daughter Amy Igou and her husband Dan; grandchildren, Chelsea Hilgers, Kaitlyn Hilgers, Michaela Hilgers and Benjamin Igou; great granddaughter Madilyn Hilgers; brother Herb Hilgers and his wife Shirley; sister Susan Weigel and husband Ed; many nieces, nephews and cousins. A viewing will be Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm PST on Facebook Live www.facebook.com/events/1183944711948235/ (due to COVID guidelines). Burial at Miramar National Cemetery will be on May 28, 2020. A Mass and Life Celebration will be scheduled for a later date, when family and friends can come together and share memories of Ron. In lieu of flowers please donate to Alzheimer’s Association.
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RONALD OWEN HILGERS
Judith Robl (nee Johnson)
May 21, 2020
Jeanette, I've thought about you often over the years and wondered what happened to you since we lost touch. I'm glad to see that you and your husband have had a good life together. I'm sorry that he is no longer with you. You must have many good memories. May God wrap his arms of love and comfort around you and your children during these days. Grace and peace, Judith Johnson Robl. (formerly of Gypsum)
May 20, 2020
He always made me feel part of the family. He was my San Diego dad. The Hilgers were and will always be my San Diego family. He will be greatly missed.
May 20, 2020
He made me a birthday cookie several years ago and of course it was fantastic...just like him. You will be missed.