Orrin Hilgenberg

March 19, 1913

— July 14, 2013

Orrin Hilgenberg, 100, passed away July 14. He was born March 19,1913, in rural Coon Rapids, Iowa, to Albert and Emma (Walthers ) Hilgenberg.

By 12, he was helping his dad with farming, using teams of horses. He continued farming for more than 50 years, graduating to the latest farm machinery. Later he added a second career with Hilgenberg Trucking, running up to four trucks in five states.

Orrin married Maxine Smith Dec. 16,1936, at Trinity Lutheran Church that his grandfather helped build. They were married 75 years before Max passed away in April 2012. They had three children, Gary (1938-2005), Judith, and Mike; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild.

Orrin's means of transportation again started with his horse, Sparky, then Model T Ford, various cars mostly Fords, including stock cars he raced on local Iowa tracks. He was a member of NASCAR, joining the first year 1948. He had Ford trucks in his business, rode motorcycles and got his pilot's license in 1944 and built Hilgenberg Airport on his farm to house his two-seater airplane. He and Max loved taking short rides with the full moon and take longer trips to Illinois or South Dakota.

In 1980, Orrin and Max moved to Lake Havasu City. At age 75 Orrin started golfing with the men's club at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. His best year he made a hole-in-one two times. Next he took up bocce ball as a member of the M-W-F group. He loved the game and friends he made playing at Rotary Park.

In his 90s, he took on a new role, helping to care for Maxine. He in turn was grateful to the Havasu Mission of Love at Mt. Olive for the numerous times they helped with outside work. He looked forward to the weekly visits from Mt Olive members/friends.

A memorial service will be at Mt.Olive Lutheran Church July 27 at 2 p.m., with an ice cream reception to follow.

Arrangements are under the care of Lake Havasu Mortuary and Crematory.

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