William Hudson "Hud" Hillyer
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Retired Tuscarawas County Court Judge William Hudson "Hud" Hillyer, 84, of Dover and formerly of Uhrichsville, died June 14, 2013. He was born July 28, 1928 in Dennison to the late Edgar Edward and Louise Coldren Hillyer. He was a 1946 graduate of Uhrichsville High School. He then attended Ohio State University with the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Midshipman. He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and became an ensign with deferred service in the Navy Reserve. He received his law degree from Ohio State in December 1952. He was alerted for duty with Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps for the Korean Conflict and Berlin Crisis, but not called to duty. In 1956, he was employed by the Clay City Pipe Co. He became general manager of the new plant in Uhrichsville two years after the death of his father. The plant later was sold to the American Vitrified Pipe Co. He served as president of the Ohio Clay Sewer Pipe Assn. in Columbus. He remained active with the Clay City Pipe Co., whose holdings include the Bowerston Shale Co. and FabOhio Inc. in Uhrichsville. In 1963, he returned to the practice of law in partnership with the late James Connolly. He retired from the Uhrichsville law firm eight years ago. He was judge of Tuscarawas County Court in Uhrichsville and served with distinction for 22 years before retiring. He formed the community service program at the court that has provided community services workers for the Southern District of Tuscarawas County. He also was chairman of the State Board of Bar Examiners for several years. He was active in many Twin City and Tuscarawas County organizations and frequently provided legal services at no charge. His honors include being named "Man of the Year" by the Twin City Chamber of Commerce, the Zeisberger-Heckewelder Award by the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, and on a lighter side, "Mr. Sewer Pipe," a spoof of beauty pageants in 1962. He was a board member of the First National Bank of Dennison for many years. He served as chairman of the Tuscarawas County Republican Party's Executive Committee for 15 years, retiring in 1980. During the early 1960's, Hud convinced then Governor James Rhodes and the late State Representative William Hinig to construct SR-250 connecting Dennison with New Philadelphia. This construction project led to the growth of many of the businesses bordering US-250 today. He was an avid bridge player, golfer and fisherman. In 1950, he married the former Marie Cowan, who preceded him in death on March 25, 1999.
On June 30, 2001, he married his current wife, Carole Denison, who survives along with two sons, Blair (Jodi) Hillyer and Brad (Kim) Hillyer, both of Dennison; two daughters, Beth Hillyer (Wendy Wolfe) of Newark and Becky Hillyer (Kim Richards) of Maineville, Ohio; five grandchildren, Brett, Aaron, Katy, Jacob and Alec Hillyer; a stepdaughter, Tina Floyd; a stepson, Todd (Tara) Scott; three step-granddaughters, MacKenzie, Morgan and Riley Floyd; and a sister, Marge (David) Shelley of Uhrichsville; sister-in-law, Doris "Gwennie" Rotterman; three nephews, Kurt (Dede) Shelley, Marc (Karen) Rotterman, Rod Rotterman; five nieces, Kim Shelley (Burt Sturrup), Ronnelle Rotterman (Bud Matney) , Lisa Rotterman (Chuck Monnett) , Diane Fisher and Joy Reed; and seven great-nieces and nephews, Kris (Kristen) Fisher, Ashley Fisher (Chris Christensen), John Bruzzese, Laura (Chris) Bateman, Maddy Shelley, Carly Shelley and Casey Sturrup.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to one of the following charities: Community Hospice of New Philadelphia, Trinity Hospital of Dennison, First United Methodist Church of Uhrichsville or the Cats R Us shelter in Dover.
Calling hours will be Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 3-8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Uhrichsville where Hud was a member since the 1950's. The memorial service will be held Monday, June 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. also at the church, with the Rev. John Clark and Pastor Lu Ann Youngman officiating. Uhrich-Hostettler English Funeral Home Inc. in Uhrichsville is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in The Times Reporter on June 15, 2013