Christopher Hilst

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Manito - Christopher Hilst, 37, of the Spring Lake and Manito area was pronounced dead at 9:54 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Mason District Hospital in Havana.

He was born April 4, 1973, in Kempner, Texas, the son of Steven R. Hilst and Faith C. Branchfield.

Chris has two children, Peyton Hilst and Skyler Hilst, both of Missouri; and two half-brothers and two half-sisters; Scott Koehler, Daniel Hilst, Kelsey (Hilst) Smith and Catherine Carter. Also surviving are his father, Steven R. Hilst of Chandlerville and mother, Faith (Craig Koehler, his stepfather) Blanchard of Peoria; and G. Elaine Branchfield, his maternal grandmother. Chris also has several aunts and uncles, Randy (Jeri) Hilst, Ruth (Allen) Messman, Jim (Kris) Hilst, Gerald Branchfield, Bruce (Tammy) Branchfield and Alison Branchfield.

Christopher's family will receive friends Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Maas Funeral Home in Manito. Cremation rites will be accorded. Private inurnment of his cremains in Meadow Lawn Cemetery in Manito will follow at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Children's Hospital of Illinois, 530 NE Glen Oak, Peoria, IL 61637.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 9, 2011