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James Lowell Hilton

November 7, 1946 ~ January 20, 2018 (age 71)

James Lowell Hilton


            James Lowell Hilton, 71 years old, of Milan, Missouri, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at his home.

            Jim was born November 7, 1946 in Paris, Illinois to Maurice Hilton and Barbara Henderson. On August 2, 1969 he married Lena (Viers) Hilton, she survives him. Also surviving: two sons, Jon Hilton and wife Mary of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Joneil Hilton and wife LaTonya of Aurora, Colorado; 8 grandchildren, Asher Hilton, Anna Grace Hilton, Lydia Hilton, Leah Hilton, Isabella Hilton, Judah Hilton, Eden Hilton, and Hope Jones; a brother, Joe Hilton and wife Penny of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; two sisters, Bonnie Studdard and husband Randy of Istanbul, Turkey, and Sue Armstrong and husband Leonard of Westville, Indiana; brother-in-laws, Richard Pillars and wife Brenda of Elsberry, MO, John Attey and wife Sandra of Grand Rapids, MN, Archie Viers and wife Vickie of Macon, MO and Rick Viers and wife Sheryl of Milan; two sister-in-laws, Darlene Walker and husband Jim of Callao, MO and Cheryl Contratto and husband Rick of Owensboro, KY; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his parents; a step-father, Jack Henderson; a son Jameson Hilton and daughter Jeena Hilton, who passed in infancy; a brother John Hilton and two sister-in-laws, Jeanne Pillars and Betty Attey.

            Jim spent his childhood in Marshall, IL, moved to Arizona in Junior High School and graduated from High School in Wilcox, Arizona. He then attended Junior College in Safford at Eastern Arizona College. Following Junior College, Jim served in the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam for 3 years. During this time he corresponded with Lena through letters for nine months before meeting her. After marrying Lena in Macon, MO, in 1969 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. While attending college he worked as a Parole Officer, and after college they moved to Macon, MO, where he worked for Banquet Foods as an engineer. They moved to Jackson, Ohio with Banquet Foods, and then to Salina, KS, where he worked for Tony’s Pizza as the plant engineer. He then moved to Schaumburg, Illinois, working as the plant engineer for Nation Pizza Products, before retiring and moving to Milan, four years ago.  Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he loved antiques. He took a great interest in his children’s and grandchildren’s education. Jim was a member of the American Legion Post #228.

            A visitation for Jim will be held 7:00-8:30 PM, Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Friday, January 26, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will be held later on Friday at 2:00 PM at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri. 

       Memorial contributions are suggested to the James Hilton Memorial for a scholarship fund, they can be sent to Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home, 120 West Fourth Street, Milan, MO 63556.

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