John H. Hilker U.S. Veteran

December 18, 1936 - November 6, 2012

Mr. John H. Hilker, age 75 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at Heisinger Bluffs. John was born on December 18, 1936, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of John R. and Marie N. Mueller Hilker. He was married on July 24, 1959, in St. Louis, Mo., to Mary Jo Huyck. John graduated from Cleveland High School in south St. Louis, Mo. and attended Washington University in St. Louis studying Architecture. He served in the United States Army from November 1958 until May 1959 and in the United States Army Reserves until 1966. John was employed with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for over 30 years retiring as a Sergeant in 1996. John worked on the Governor's security detail with the patrol starting in 1980 and helped protect four different Missouri Governors. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church; the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5; and a past member of the Optimist Club. John was an avid model ship builder and also enjoyed time in his garden. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include: his wife of 53 years, Mary Jo Hilker; one daughter, Elizabeth Stecz and her husband Matt of Florissant, Mo.; one son, Kenneth Hilker and his wife Dr. Erica Sibinga of Baltimore, Md.; and four granddaughters, Nicole Stecz, Stephanie Stecz, Lauren Stecz, and Dora Hilker. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m., Monday, November 12, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m., Monday, November 12, 2012, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with the Reverend Scott Musselman officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be held at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the MASTERS Program through the Missouri State Highway Patrol or Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.

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