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Jerry R. Hilgeman

1941 - 2009 Obituary Condolences
Retired Tech. Sgt., U.S. Air Force
"The same hand that made trees and fields and flowers, the seas and hills, the clouds and sky, has been making a home for us called heaven."
Jerry R. Hilgeman, 67, of Alamogordo, passed away Friday, May 22, 2009, at Sierra Providence Eastside Medical Center in El Paso.
Jerry was born Nov. 30, 1941, in Evansville, Ind. He proudly and honorably served in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1981 and civil service until retirement in 1998.
He was a lifetime member of VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and Air Commando Association.
He was also a past master and life member of Tularosa Lodge No. 49 A.F. & A.M. and Sacramento Lodge No. 24 A.F. & A.M., BALLUT ABYAD Shrine Temple – Rocket Shrine Club, York Rite Masonic Bodies, Alamo O.E.S. No. 11, past associate guardian of Bethel No. 11 I.O.J.D., past vice grand guardian of New Mexico I.O.J.D., past royal patron (many times) and life member of Sierra Blanca Court No. 5 Order of the Amaranth, past grand royal patron (four times) of N.M. and Grand Court of Amaranth.
The most enjoyable organization he belonged to was the Alamogordo Amateur Radio Club K5FEZ and helping with the Boy Scouts of America "Jamboree on the Air."
Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Alice Lee Hilgeman; daughters Marcy Ann Kennison and husband, Don, and Tracy Lee Herrera and husband, Johnnie, and his most beloved grandson David Ray Wootton.
He was preceded in death by his precious granddaughter, Jessica Ann Trout, in 1985.
A celebration of his life will be conducted at Alamogordo Funeral Home Thursday, June 11, 2009, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Billy Tucker officiating. Inurnment will followed at Monte Vista Cemetery with Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard providing full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of Jerry to the , or the BALLUT ABYAD SHRINE TEMPLE.
The family of Jerry Hilgeman has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
"It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what He Is."

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 7 to June 21, 2009
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