Rolland Hillman

Rolland Eugene Hillman passed away April 22 in Jefferson at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 16 days.

A service was held April 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, with words of comfort by Pastor Steve Ransom.

Family sharing was by Becci Prather and Christina Hackman.

Honorary bearers were Jason Prather, Lars Lindberg, Bob Glenn and Romayne Dudley.

Casket bearers were Michael Rains, Jason Rains, Garrett Nelson, Beau Nelson, Darin Hackman and Jeff Frantz.

Music included congregational hymns “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” Soloist Jennifer Hillman performed “On Eagle’s Wings.” Jennifer Hillman, Becci Prather, Stephanie Hillman and Christina Hackman performed “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked.”

Danille Curtis was accompanist.

Interment was in the Junction Twp. Cemetery.

Everyone was invited to a time of lunch and fellowship in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall following the service at the cemetery.

Rolland Hillman was born June 6, 1931, in Grand Junction to Payson and Bernice Hillman. In February of 1950, Rolland married Doris Vanhorn. They were the parents of four children: Renee, Steve, David and Pam.

Rolland worked as a meat cutter all his life, starting in Grand Junction, then Jefferson and, finally, 37 years at the Boone Fareway Grocery Store.  

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 75 years and was active in Methodist Men. Rolland was Scout Master for Troop 37 for many years, receiving Scouting’s Silver Beaver Award. He also loved golfing, skiing, gardening, woodworking, toll painting and traveling. He loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and attended most school activities, events and birthday parties. 

Rolland was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris, who died Sept. 16, 2004; his son, David, who died July 9, 1992; his sister, Norma Scaglione; and his son-in-law, Jerry Rains. 

Surviving are Rolland’s three children: Renee Rains, of Kansas City; Steve Hillman, of Grand Junction;  and Pam Hillman, of Des Moines;  his Swedish son, AFS student Lars Lindberg; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;  sister Michelle Hillman, of Des Moines;  other relatives and friends.

Memorials are suggested to Grand Junction Fire and Rescue. 

Arrangements were provided by the Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.

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