John. “Jack” Hilgers

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MIDDLETON-John J. “Jack” Hilgers, age 84, passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  He was born on August 3, 1928, in Madison, the son of Werner and Helen (Spence) Hilgers. 

He was united in marriage to Bobbi Stoppleworth on October 8, 1955.  Jack proudly served his country with the United States  Army from 1947 to 1949 in Guam and Saipan. He worked for the Department of Transportation for 38 years, retiring in 1988.   In 1954 Jack along with three of his buddies built a cabin in Gordon, WI. They called it “Tick Land”. In 1985, Jack and Bobbi bought the current cabin “Looney Lodge” where they enjoyed many countless and happy hours fishing, playing cards and hunting with family and friends.  Jack was also an antique car enthusiast, especially enjoying his 1927 Model T. Jack was a member of the Burlington Liar’s Club, winning an award for the “Best Lie” in 1992 and runner up in 1995.   In addition to his wife Bobbi, Jack is survived by six children, Bill(Vicki) of Lodi, Mike (Marianne) of Verona, Joe (Judy) of Middleton, Marie (Hugh) Jones of Dallas, Paul (Jean) of Cross Plains, Pat (Lori) of Middleton  and his delightful  grandchildren, Jack (Nadine), Amanda, Drew (special friend, Abbie), Sean (special friend, Maggi), Brenna, Rachel, Shane, Aaron, Kate and Scout.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Bob; In-laws, Al (Teresa) Stoppleworth, Mardelle Ripp-Stier and Bud Stoppleworth. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 7450 University Ave., Middleton at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  Visitation will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Pkwy., Madison, WI 53711 or to the “Jack Hilgers’ Memorial Septic System Fund”.  The family wishes to extend a special thank you to his brother-in-law, Al (Jean) Stoppleworth and to Agrace HospiceCare for their care and support given to Jack.

Gunderson Cross Plains Funeral & Cremation Care is assisting the family.



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