Benjamin J. "Ben" Hillyard

Benjamin J. Benjamin J. "Ben" Hillyard

92, passed away Thursday, January 12th, in Salina. He was born July 24, 1924 in Detroit, Kansas, the son of Ben and Freda (Schwab) Hillyard. Growing up in the Detroit and Milford areas, Ben attended local schools and graduated from Milford High School with the class of 1942. On January 25, 1948 he married Virginia M. Dunn. All of their married life was spent farming in the Dickinson and Geary County area. She preceded him in death February 4, 2006. Ben enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren, woodworking and being of service to the community, church and others. He was also preceded in death by: grandson, Eric Hillyard, parents; three sisters, Vivian Holmes, Almira White and Lillian Britt and son-in-law, Rex Roth. Ben was a member of the Alida Upland Cooperative Parish, serving on multiple church committees, the township board and was a member of the Sherman township volunteer fire department for over thirty years.
He is survived by: daughter, Linda Roth of Salina; two sons, Mike (Jan) Hillyard of Dallas, Texas; Larry (Deanna) Hillyard of Gypsum; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grand children and special friend, Bonnie Rathbun of Salina.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 17th, at the Alida Upland Cooperative Parish with Rev. Hyeayoun Kim officiating. Interment will follow in the Liberty Cemetery west of Upland. The family will receive friends 5:30 - 7:30 PM Monday, January 16th, at the Danner Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to the Alida Upland Cooperative Church. They may be left at the church the day of the service or left at or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home POB 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410.

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