Obert Hilgendorf, 91, a longtime Chebanse resident, passed away peacefully Sunday (April 7, 2019) at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno.
He was born Dec. 14, 1927, in Roberts, the eldest of four, to Arthur and Clara (Tiarks) Hilgendorf.
Obert graduated from Donovan High School in 1945.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from March 1946 to March 1949 as a sergeant in the 12th Weather Squadron.
Obert married Evelyn Poff on Nov. 18, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church, Chebanse.
He farmed for many years and retired from Standard Oil as a fertilizer plant manager in Chebanse. He loved his family, chocolate chip cookies, the Chicago Cubs and playing cards.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; four children, David (Debby), of Fishers, Ind., Brian (Cathie), of Clifton, Susan Lareau, of Chebanse, and Dale, of Chebanse; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren with one due in May; sister-in-law, Nancy Hilgendorf; brother-in-law, Robert (Lucy) Munsterman; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Rev. Dr. Maynard and Onnie; sister, Aloha Munsterman; and daughter-in-law, Connie (Jakob) Hilgendorf.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. An additional time for visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse, with the Rev. Kene Whybrew officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Chebanse; Hospice of Kankakee Valley, or the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno.
Please sign his online guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.