Robert Hiller

Obituary
  • "Am so sorry to hear of your passing. Tried to call today..."
    - Mary L Biskupiak
  • "I will forever cherish the wonderful memories of my beloved..."
    - Jeannine Kinzler
  • "Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories..."
    - Paul & Jean Palinski
  • "Oma and Opa my love is you both. I miss and love you so."
    - Sandra Snovel
  • "Our heartfelt condolences...it's gettin' lonely around here!"
    - Roz Daniels

Palmer resident Robert E. "Bob" Hiller, 83, died November 9, 2011, at the home of his granddaughter, Sandra Snovel. Masonic rites and burial with full military honors for both Bob and his wife Ursula will be at 1 PM, Friday, December 2, 2011 at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Afterwards a celebration of life will be held for family and friends at Bob's house at 376 N. Chugach Street, Palmer.

Bob was born in January, 1928, at Roosevelt, New York to Edward Hiller and Nita Louise Zibell Hiller. Upon graduation from Hempstead High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Europe at the close of WWII. On September 18, 1948, he married Ursula Kopf of Kassel, Germany and they remained a military family. In January 1959, Bob, Ursula and their three children drove the Alcan Highway to Fort Richardson, Alaska. Within a year he was transferred to Ladd Air Force Base at Fairbanks. Bob then served in Korea and again at Fort Richardson in 1967. After Army retirement Bob and Ursula made their homes in Anchorage and Trapper Creek. In 1995 they moved to Palmer.

Bob was a firearms collector, cartridge reloader, shooter, blackpowder burner and cordwainer, noted for his historical leather shooting bags. This old soldier was a great mentor of young shooters. He was a member of the McKinley Mountainmen, the Alaska Gun Collectors Association, the NRA and the Masonic Lodge. One of Bob's greatest pleasures was spending time with family at his log cabin, Tanamara, at Trapper Creek. He was the beloved father and 'Opa' to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. This love was well returned by five years of senior care provided by his granddaughter Sandra Snovel.

Bob is survived by his son Bob Jr. and his wife Holly of Longmont, Colorado, daughter Deborah Snovel and her husband Jim Borsetti of Palmer, daughter Sandra Johnson and her husband Harry Sutherland of Dry Creek; granddaughters Sandra Snovel and husband John Havard of Palmer, Jeannine and her husband Scott Kinzler of Indiana, Beth Chase and her fiance Eric Thorsteinson of Juneau, Heidi Hiller and her husband Chad Braun-Duin of Virginia, and September Sutherland of UAF; grandsons Jerimiah Johnson and his fiance Willow Morse, Kalem Johnson and his wife Aimee, Orion Sutherland and his wife Jessica Schuler, all of Fairbanks, Donavan Snovel and his wife Brandy Haskin of South Carolina, and Daniel Borsetti of Palmer; great grandchildren Joel Nelson, Braden, Wily and Van Johnson, Harlee McCoy, Drayden Ryder Snovel, Kyle Lyons and Jaida and Jocelynne Borsetti

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Edward, and his wife of 61 years, Ursula Kopf Hiller.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel; www.janssenfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2011
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