Lyme - We are saddened to announce that our father, Roger Hilsman, 94, passed away peacefully on Feb. 23, 2014, surrounded by our mother and our family. Our father was a loving and devoted father and husband. He served our country as a soldier, statesman, and scholar in times of great peril for our nation, during World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. He was formed in the crucible of war as a young man fighting in Burma during World War II. He was a man of ideals and actions. We are proud of his service to our nation and his courage in battle and his courage in opposing the escalation of the Vietnam War. He fought in war and served in high office, yet his greatest joy was to be surrounded by our mother, the love of his life, his children and grandchildren, whether driving his tractor, cooking Chinese food, or singing old family songs together.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; his daughters, Amy and Sarah; his sons, Hoyt and Ashby; and six grandchildren.
He will be buried at in Arlington National Cemetery.
A time for the service has not yet been scheduled.
Published in The Day on Mar. 4, 2014.