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Donald Lee Hilscher, 76, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010,
surrounded by his family.
A celebration of his life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday
at the Lincoln Knights of Columbus Hall.
Barry & Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling
Mr. Hilscher taught at Lincoln College for 48
years in the science field.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
He was born Jan. 3, 1934, in Chicago to Glenn and
Lillian White Hilscher.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Hilscher; four
sons, Jerry (and Wanda) Hilscher, Donnie Hilscher,
Danny (and Denise) Hilscher and Jeff (and Amber)
Hilscher; two stepchildren, Matthew (and Cindy)
Wilson and Stephanie (and Ryan) LaPlante; 11
grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; aunt and
uncle Noel and Althea Hilscher; and one grandson,
In his spare time he learned to fly and
eventually passed that love on to others by teaching
basic and commercial ground school.
During the summer and school breaks he visited
all of the 49 continental United States and most of
the Canadian provinces, including Montreal, Quebec,
Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Winnipeg, all in a
slide-in truck camper.
He learned how to sail and spent many summers
sailing on Evergreen Lake.
Donald traveled all around the world and
experienced things many of us only dream of.
Perhaps the most memorable of his journeys, though,
was the one he took with Miss Mary, who became his
wife on May 12, 1997. She was his co-pilot, his
snorkeling buddy and his best friend. Together they
saw the world.
Donald also restored four old vehicles, including
a 1948 half-ton Chevy that he converted to an Army
truck and drove for 30 years.
His world travels also allowed him to collect a
wide variety of toys, from airplanes to trendy toys.
He attended Lincoln College in 1957-1958 and
graduated with an associate degree. He also attended
the University of Miami and studied marine biology
Memorial donations may be made to hospice.
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