Arnold Thomas Hillendahl, SR.'s battle with cancer ended on September 25, 2013 in his home at the age of 95. Known as "Buddy" to most, his ancestors were early German settlers in the Spring Branch area of Houston, TX. He was born on January 5, 1918 to Arnold L Hillendahl and Henrietta Louise Viola Hillendahl. He married the love of his life Mildred Johanna Martini on August 10, 1940. He served in the Navy during WWII before beginning his career in the field of construction, building highways and later as construction foreman for Cameron Iron Works. Dad loved working with his hands starting in his youth on Grandpa's farm through to the land he loved most, his farm in Weimar, TX. He loved creating with wood and we all enjoy the pieces he made, he also liked to fish and garden and loved spending time with his family. Dad lived life his way, with high principles and expectations, although seemingly harsh at times it was his way of instilling his high standards in his children and hopefully influencing others to live their lives with strict principles and high values of years past. We believe the world is a better place because Dad lived and taught those ideals in all that he did. He will be dearly missed by all fortunate to have known him.
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Buddy is preceded in death by his loving wife of 72 years, son Billy James, his parents, sister Rosie and brother Herbert. He is survived by his beloved sister Ruth Plumb, loving children, Arnold Hillendahl Jr. & wife Yvonne, Janice Grubbs, Donald Hillendahl & wife Velma, John Hillendahl & wife Joyce and Darleen Walton along with numerous cherished grand, great-grand, great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held September 30, 2013 from 6-8pm. Service will be held October 1 at 11:00AM at Woodlawn Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorial Donations may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 North Jefferson, La Grange, TX 78945.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 29, 2013