Lawrence W. Hillman, 90
Jan. 10, 1924 -- Dec. 30, 2014

Lawrence W. HillmanLawrence W. Hillman, 90, of West Bend, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at the Pavilion at Glacier Valley in Slinger.

Larry was born on Jan. 10, 1924, in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II. He then attended the University of Minnesota where he earned degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering. He went on to earn an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

On June 10, 1948, Larry was united in marriage to Helen Anderson at the University of Minnesota Chapel. In 1955, they moved to West Bend. Helen preceded him in death on Dec. 13, 1993.

Larry worked for the West Bend Co. for 32 years and retired as vice president in 1986.

Larry was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend.

He was appointed by the governor as a commissioner for SEWRPC (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission), former member and chairman of the West Bend Economic Development Corporation, board member of West Bend Savings Bank (Westbury), former member of the West Bend Noon Kiwanis Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the West Bend Co. 25-year club.

He is survived by his three children, John Hill man of Jackson, Charles (Gaytha) Hillman of West Bend and Kristin (Patrick I. Wanzeck) Hillman of Jackson; eight grandchildren, Iver (Kayla Braeutigam) Hillman, Jessica (Ryan) Gieryn, Kathryn (Tim) Johanski, Laura (Nick) Mitchell, Andrew (Michael Belcher) Hillman, Eric (Janelle) Hillman, Jade (Thi Them) Wilder Them and Patrick James (AnnMarie) Rian Wanzeck; 12 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Therese Rosenthal, Cindy Stracka and Laurie Puerling.

Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; Aunt and Uncle Clara and Charles Salo; and his parents- in-law, Iver and Olga Maja.

A memorial service in remembrance of Larry will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (140 N. Seventh Ave., West Bend, WI 53095). A time of fellowship will follow the 4 p.m. service.

Cremation took place at Myrhum ~ Patten Funeral and Cremation Service.

Please, at Larry’s request, no flowers. Memorials to the Helen A. Hillman Memorial Columns Scholarship or Trinity Lutheran Church Property Fund are appreciated by the family.

Online guestbook and condolences may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com . The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at the 1022 Club in Hartford and the Pavilion at Glacier Valley in Slinger for the special loving care extended to Larry.

 “Just A Rose Will Do” By Porter Wagoner

When time shall come for my leaving
When I bid you adieu
Don’t spend your money for flowers
Just a Rose will do.

I’ll go to a beautiful garden
At last when life’s work is through.
Don’t spend your money for flowers
Just a rose will do.

I’ll need no organization
To make a big to-do,
 I’ll need no fine decorations,
Just a rose will do.

Just have an old-fashioned preacher
To preach a sermon or two
Don’t spend your money for flowers
Just a rose will do.