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Obituary for Reverend Ronald P. Hilmer

Reverend Ronald P. Hilmer
Hilmer, the Reverend Ronald Paul – at home with Jesus on March 3rd, 2019. Survived by his wife Margaret “Maggie” Todd Hilmer, children Jonathan Hilmer, Lorri Hilmer Hackett, Jim Bone, Lisa Todd Van Buren, Andrea Todd Schneider and brother, Gary Hilmer; loving grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Proceeded in death by parents Paul and Lorraine Hilmer, children Donald and Rebeccah Hilmer and wife Virginia (Bone) Hilmer.

“His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21 ESV
The world was forever changed on October 6th, 1938, when Ronald Paul made his entrance into the lives of Paul and Lorraine Hilmer of Beck, Missouri. Baptized on October 30th, 1938, by his grandfather, Reverend George Henry Hilmer at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arnold, Missouri, he was destined to become a great man of God.
He attended Arnold public schools, St. John’s Lutheran School, Crystal City high school, SEMO, Washington University and St. Paul’s College, Concordia, Missouri. He received his BS in Education from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Illinois, and taught at Lutheran Schools for 10 years before completing a Master’s in Religion at Concordia Seminary. He continued his education through the colloquy program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, which he completed in 1970. He remained active in the formation of future chaplains and clergy by participating in the Resident Field Education Program at Concordia Seminary – Institutional Model. He loved his students and enjoyed teaching them how to care for older adults.
Ron was ordained at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arnold, Missouri, in November of 1970 and soon after received his first call to the combined churches of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hardin, Illinois, and St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Brussels, Illinois, where he served from 1970-1975. He was then called to St. John’s Maryville, Illinois, where he served until 1984. In November of 1984, Ron received a call to become chaplain at the Lutheran Altenheim (Lutheran Care Center) in North St. Louis. He brought joy to the residents there by sharing the love of Christ with them for 16 years. He preached his last sermon on December 31, 2000.

He married Donna Porterfield in 1960 and together they welcomed four children: Donald Henry (1961-2016), Rebeccah Ruth (1963), Jonathan Paul and Lorri Ann. They divorced in 1977. In 1980, he met Virginia (Ginny) Bone, while they both served as volunteers helping at risk youth through AID, Inc. (Aid Through Information on Drugs) in Collinsville, Illinois. They married on March 17th, 1981, expanding the Hilmer family with the addition of Ginny’s son, Jim. The world lost Ginny on May 10, 1992, and Ron deeply mourned her loss. While serving at the Lutheran Altenheim, Ron met Margaret Todd who was the director of physical therapy. They bonded over their shared grief as Maggie had lost her husband suddenly as well. Their friendship blossomed and they married in October of 1993. Their union further expanded the family to include Maggie’s daughters Lisa and Andrea. Ron was the proud grandpa to Tim, Jacob, Skylar, Logan, Jason, Justin, Kelsey, Jack and Daniel.

Ron was always extremely involved in community and religious organizations; below are just a few…
Lutheran Long-Term Care Chaplains
Board of Directors, Council of Lutheran Churches
Lutheran Older Adult Retreat Committee
Speaker bureau – Alzheimer’s Association
Facilitator – Lutheran Chaplains, St. Louis area
Committee on Older Adult Ministry – Southern Illinois District LCMS
Spiritual Director – Teens Encounter Christ, Show Me TEC, St. Louis, MO
President, Collinsville Ministerial Alliance
Secretary, Vice Director and Director – Oliver C. Anderson Hospital Volunteer Chaplain Program
Board of Directors – Southern Illinois District – LCMS
Board of Youth Ministry – Southern Illinois District – LCMS
Board of Christian Education – Southern Illinois District – LCMS
Lions Club – Collinsville/Maryville, Illinois and Manchester, Missouri

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of the following organizations in which he faithfully served: Show-Me Lutheran Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), 505 S Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122 or Collinsville/Maryville Evening Lions Club, Attn: Lion Clyde Frey III, Treasurer, 8 Fairlane Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234.

Visitation Thursday, March 7th, 3-7 pm at Meramec Bluffs and Friday, March 8th, 10am until time of Celebration service at 11 am at Meramec Bluffs, Chapel of the Cross, 50 Meramec Trails Drive, Ballwin, MO, 63021. Interment Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery, Collinsville, Illinois.
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