Richard “Dick” Alva Hilgendorf went to be with the
Lord on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at Boone
Hospital Center in Columbia, MO surrounded by his
family and loved ones.
Dick was born on February 25, 1932 in Logan County,
the son of William C. and Minnie Mae (Carnahan)
He graduated in 1950 from Delavan High School in
Delavan. Dick was drafted to the U.S. Army in 1952
for service during the Korean War. After basic
training he went to supply school for three months
at Fort Belvoir, VA. After training at Fort Belvoir,
Dick was sent to France. He was stationed there for
the remainder of his service. He worked at a supply
depot there and was ranked a corporal at the end of
He married Janet Lee Klopp at St. Peter’s Lutheran
Church in Emden, on May 14, 1955. They settled in a
home in Emden. Dick drove a semi for Klopp Trucking
until his parents retired from farming. He then
moved to the farm in Delavan. He was a successful
grain farmer in both Delavan, and Excello, MO.
He served on the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Council
and was a member of the Emden American Legion Post
506, Macon American Legion #29, Zion Lutheran
Church, where he served two terms on the Church
Board and was a High School Sunday School teacher
and youth group leader. Dick prepared income taxes
for the low income and elderly people for the AARP
Tax Foundation. He helped organize Long Branch Area
AARP Chapter 5450 in Macon, MO and served as
President for two terms.
He moved to Macon, Missouri and married Sondra
Guffey Wooten on August 17, 1986 at Zion Lutheran
Church in Macon, MO. He enjoyed High School
football, basketball and worked as a spotter for the
Middle School and Junior Varsity football games.
Dick was a family man that loved his family and
never knew a stranger. He and his wife, Sondra,
liked to volunteer their time to many local
charities. In their retirement years, they liked to
travel and spend time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Sondra of Macon, MO, his
children; Beth Neikirk (Walt) of Emden, Brian
Hilgendorf (Ann) of Excello, MO, Jolene Floyd (Jeff)
of Washington, and Colleen Gehrke (Troy) of Dunlap,
Lacey Hodges (Tim) of Macon, MO; 10 grandchildren, 2
great-grandchildren. One brother, Gene Hilgendorf of
Lincoln, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janet
Hilgendorf; one brother, Earl Hilgendorf, one sister, Rachel
Eeten and his step-son, Garry Wooten.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 30th at Zion
Lutheran Church in Macon, MO.
Memorials may be designated to Zion Lutheran Church, 32405
Business Route 36 East, Macon, MO 63552.