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Richard Hilsabeck


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Richard Hilsabeck Obituary
RICHARD HILSABECK February 7, 1934 October 2, 2015 Sun City California Richard "Dick" Hilsabeck passed away on Friday, October 2, 2015, and was 81 years old. Richard was born February 7, 1934, in Boone, Iowa to William and Geneva Hilsabeck. Richard enlisted voluntarily in the United States Marine Corps right after high school; where he served in the Cuba Crisis and Vietnam. While assigned at the Great Lakes Naval Station, Richard met the love of his life, Alice, at the Officers Club, where the two of them worked evenings as waiter and waitress. Richard retired from the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, while the family lived in Fallbrook, California. Dick began working in the agriculture business raising indoor plants. He and Alice relocated to Homeland, Lake Elsinore, and Romoland. He began a second career as a production supervisor at Alumax, and started a greenhouse business on the side to raise and sell indoor plants. Eventually, he retired from Alumax, and partnered with his son, Scott, to work full-time running the indoor plant business. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Alice, and his brothers: Ronald, Russell, Thomas and LaVern Hilsabeck. Dick's survivors are: his son, Scott (Debbie) Hilsabeck of Temecula, CA; and daughters Deborah (Dave) Simms of Santa Cruz, CA, and Linda (Bill) Preuschoff of Long Beach, CA; and two brothers: Virgil and John Hilsabeck of Boone, IA. In addition, there are eight living grandchildren, Danielle Simms of Orlando, FL, Kristi Preuschoff of Las Vegas, NV, Douglas (Angela) Simms of Roseville, CA, Jason (Tiffany) Preuschoff of Long Beach, CA, Dusty (Jared) Telford of Rancho Cordova, CA, Dana Simms of Santa Cruz, CA, Sam and Sarah Hilsabeck of Temecula, CA. Also, there are seven great grandchildren, Jared Jr., Chase, Scarlett and Ireland Telford, Allyson and Eva Simms, and D.J. Preuschoff. Dad loved his sweetheart, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. He also loved his pups, Benny and Molly, fishing and woodworking. Dick could tease a smile out of everyone he met, and always had a funny comeback to any remark. He wore his Marine Corps retired hat every day to encourage a discussion with other veterans, and demonstrate his pride in his country and family. There will be a visitation at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. A graveside service will be held later that day at 2:01pm at Riverside National Cemetery.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 9, 2015
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