Harold D. Hilgenberg, 85

Harold D. Hilgenberg, of Hartford, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. He was born Jan. 2, 1929, in Hartford, the son of David and Hermina Hilgenberg.

At the age of 8, Harold was playing drums in the Hartford High School band. Harold was employed at the First National Bank of Hartford right after his 1947 graduation from Hartford High School. He retired at 60 years old in 1989.

Harold also enjoyed 42 years of drumming with the Hartford City Band and the V.F.W. Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as many other bands. He also had his own combo and his last group was Hartford’s own “Dixie Kats.”

Harold served two years in the U.S. Army’s 45th Division, with six months in Hokkaido, Japan, and a year in Korea from 1951-52. On Oct. 6, 1956 he married Carol Ann Kletti. Together they raised their daughter Barbara Ann and their son Thomas James. Harold is survived by his wife Carol Hilgenberg, his daughter Barbara (John) Van Etta, his son Thomas (Amy) Hilgenberg, his grandchildren Aimee, Johanna, Erin, Anne and James, his great-granddaughter Kaitlyn, and his great-grandson Tyler. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, from 1-3 p.m. at Divine Savior Lutheran Church, 3200 Highway K South, Hartford. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the Church. The Rev. Douglas Stowe will officiate.

Interment will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorials to Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Harold’s name would be appreciated.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hartford is serving the family.