Douglas Hiler


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Posted Online: Dec. 31, 2012, 5:58 pm
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Douglas "Doug" Kay Hiler, 77, of Rock Island, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at home after a short, but courageous, fight with pancreatic cancer.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Davenport. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military honors conducted by Walcott American Legion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Doug Hiler Memorial Fund, which has been set up by his friend, former U.S. Senator, Roger Jepsen, care of Wells Fargo Bank of Rock Island; St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport or Disabled American Veterans.
Doug was born July 22, 1935, to Leslie and Florence Winkler Hiler in Owosso, Mich. He graduated Ypsilanti High School in 1954. He attended the University of Florida where he was co-captain of the swim team for two years and a member of an SEC record setting relay team. After college, Doug was a naval aviator. His stories of patrolling the Bering Straits and other flight adventures thrilled listeners for generations.
On Feb. 8, 1964, Doug married Edie Wessel in Eldridge. They had three children Dirk, Darcie and Amy. After the Navy, Doug worked in the insurance industry. After retirement, he kept busy with part-time work. His last job was with O'Rielly Autoparts in Moline. He greatly enjoyed his time there. Doug's lasting gift was his mentoring. He listened to all and gave life changing advice. He gave with his heart to so many.
Doug leaves behind his loved and loving wife, Edie, of nearly 49 years; children, Dirk and Lisa Hiler, Norwalk, Ohio, Darcie and Roger Mattecheck, Moline, and Amy and David Driskill, Rock Island; grandchildren, Morgan and Annie Hiler, Sam and Jake Mattecheck, and Josephine and Grace Driskill; nieces, Patricia Helzerman and Marie Hiler and their families of Michigan; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Fred and Donna Wessel and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Doug was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Floyd and Max; sister, Helen; brother and sister-in-laws, Earl and Donna Wessel.
Condolences can be left at www.RaffertyFunerals.com.













 




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