Gary G. Hilker

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gary G. Hilker

June 13, 1935 Jan. 16, 2018

HOLBROOK, Neb. ó Gary G. Hilker, age 82, of Holbrook, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Neb.

He was born on June 13, 1935, at Oxford, Neb., to Herbert R. and Rose (Kramer) Hilker.

Gary was baptized and confirmed at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church, near Holbrook. He attended school at Holbrook High School and graduated with the Class of 1954. He joined the Army National Guard in February of 1957 and served for six years.

He married Mary Ellen Pickering on June 5, 1960, at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury, Neb. To this union four children were born: Mark David, Jerry Dean, Gregg Richard and Diana Kay. They made their home on the family farm near Holbrook, farming and ranching until retirement in 1995. Gary would then help Bud DeVries, Steve and Craig Hilker with farm work.

Gary was active member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church of Cambridge, serving on many boards and helping where needed. He was also a Holbrook Lionís Club charter member since 1973, Young Farmers member and other community boards. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and cheer on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Hilker of Holbrook; sons, Mark and wife, Janie Hilker of Holbrook, Jerry and wife, Laura Hilker of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Gregg and wife, Angie Hilker of Salem, Ore. and one daughter, Diana and husband, Christopher Fields of Fort Collins, Colo.; grandchildren, Lance (Amanda), Taran (Sadie), Kallie, Addison, Kennedy, Caden, Ty, Ryah, River, Piper, Owen, Emma, Elijah, Olivia and Eleanor

Condolences or personal reflections may be left at

Viewing and visitation will be Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, from 2 to 8 p.m., with family present from 3 to 4 p.m., at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St., Arapahoe, Neb.

Funeral service will be Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Cambridge, Neb., with Rev. Kenton Birtell officiating. Interment will be at the St. Matthew Cemetery in Holbrook with military rites by the Edison American Legion and Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Memorials are suggested to St. Paulís Building Fund and St. Matthew Cemetery.

Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.