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SYCAMORE – Carter Andrew Hiland, 1, of Sycamore, Ill., went to be with the angels in heaven on June 2, 2012, from Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was born May 28, 2011, and was the son of Derek and Amber (Graves) Hiland of Sycamore.
Carter was a very happy little boy who instantly made friends with everyone he met. He had an infectious smile and loved being tickled, producing hearty belly laughs. He loved being with the other children at day care and loved being rocked and cuddling with his mommy and daddy. He also loved watching his big brother play.
He loved music and being sung to with an acoustic guitar. His favorites were "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and a special hello to Carter song.
Carter loved foods of all kinds, especially spaghetti, peaches and ice cream.
Although he loved all these things here on Earth, he is now dancing and singing lullabies with the angels in heaven.
Carter is survived by his parents, Derek and Amber; a big brother, Tyler; grandparents, Michael and Shirley Hiland of Ottawa, Judy Graves of Macomb and Larry and Mary Graves of Macomb; great-grandmother, Mary Hiland of Rochelle; aunts and uncles, Kirk and Kim Hiland of Ottawa, Jeff and Lynette Lyngaas of Winfield, Bryan and Angie Graves of Macomb and Scott and Beth Graves of Camp Point; numerous cousins; and many special friends and therapists.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Cecil and Garnet Graves, Russell and Maxine Curless, Vernon Jacob Hiland and Kenneth and Dolores Foss; and an uncle, Lennie Graves.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St. DeKalb, IL 60115, with Father Kenneth Anderson officiating. Burial will be immediately following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Sycamore. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. June 7 until the time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family to be established at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home. To send an online condolence, visit, or for information, call 815-758-3841.

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Published in Daily Chronicle from Jun. 6 to Jun. 8, 2012.
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June 18, 2012
I miss you sweet little angel, Love you always and forever! I am so bless to have been your daycare provider.
Barbara Lampkins
June 12, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. I hope you can find some comfort from your family and friends during this difficult time.
Jeff Cozadd
June 10, 2012
Love you forever and always Carter. --Mommy
Amber Hiland
June 10, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Debbie Carter
June 10, 2012
Love you forever and always Carter. --Mommy
Amber Hiland
June 8, 2012
I don't know you all, but having a Carter myself, I just felt compelled to share my love and hope with you. May God and the Angels comfort you.
Shannon Lee
June 7, 2012
Carter could not have been born to better parents, or into a better family. He was a special boy, and will be greatly missed.
A. Christiansen
June 7, 2012
Thinking of you during this difficult time. I will cherish the time I spent with Carter-always!
Beth Crosby
June 6, 2012
Please accept our condolences on the loss of your precious son. May God cloak you with sweet memories.
City of Sandwich
June 6, 2012
When I think of Carter - I think of his amazing smile! That light will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Peggy Carey
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