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“I was very sorry to hear of Dales.passing. My Prayers are with you Janet and the family's. We were planning to come but Paul has a Dr. Appt. on...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Connie (Broadbent) Flemming - SD

“will miss dale, a good friend & good classmate ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: eldon wylie - mesa, AZ - freind

“Janet I am so sorry to hear the news of Dale passing. He will be missed by many. He was a wonderful, giving and caring man. Louie is in Canada...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Louie and Myrt - Minneapolis, MN

“To Dale's family - We are so very sorry to hear of Dale's passing. He was our Department of Revenue contact person for our vehicle dealership. We...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Kenny & Nan Bell - Clark, SD

“Janet I am very sorry to hear of Dale's passing. My prayers are with you and the family. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Connie {Broadbent} Flemming - SD

“Janet; our sincere sympathy in your loss. Life takes us down so many different pathways, we are not always prepared for the bumps in the road. you...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Roger and Marjorie Overacker - SD

“To the Hilgemann family, The Highway Patrol family shares your loss and the loss of our friend and colleague. Dale was particularly generous to...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Bill Mickelson - Pierre, SD

“Bob, Julie and Family, We send our sympathies to you at this sad time in your life. We too have had to say good bye for now to our Fathers, and...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Barry and Mary Bullert - Webster, SD

“Janet and family, We are so sorry to hear about Dale. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We did not know Dale very well but...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Myron and Sheila Fauth - Leola, SD

“Went to school at Leola with you,, Played sports with you., ended up working in the same line of work. You've given me some memories that will stay...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Theophil "Bud" Schaffer - SD

“Dale was a wonderful person and had a heart of gold. I got to know him when I worked as a Dispatcher/Correctional Officer at the Brown County Sheriff...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Laurel Busch - Aberdeen, SD

“There are many things that I loved about Dale. The way that he cherished his family and friends was one of them. I was blessed to have been one of...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Sherri Miller - Pierre

“Family of Dale: Dale was an inspiration and role model to me and many who served as law enforcement officers in South Dakota. I always enjoyed...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Mike Nehls - Groton, SD

“Bob and Julie and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as Dale was a very special person who helped me for many years in the car business...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Jim and Lynn Phillips family

“Our memories go way back to the good old Jaycee days and all the way to the most recent Eagle-Kernel games. We will miss Dale too. God Bless you...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Bob and Eunice Knight - Webster, SD

“Always a smile and a joke as if you had just talked the day before when in fact it had been a year. Simply a Good Man. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Danner - Atlanta, GA - Family

“thoughts & prayers with all of dale's family at this time of loss. he will be missed by all. enjoyed his visits on his trips thru webster. he was so...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: louise baumgarn - webster, SD


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The funeral service for Dale Hilgemann, 74, Aberdeen, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 12, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Aberdeen, Pastor Tom Haggar officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Garden with honors to be performed by the South Dakota Highway Patrol Honor Guard. Dale died on Monday, August 5, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 11 at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main Street, Aberdeen.

Dale Allen Hilgemann was born on June 17, 1939 at home in Leola SD to parents Gottfried and Fay (Hamilton) Hilgemann. He was baptized at the Reformed Church of Leola, and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran, Leola. He attended school in Leola, Westport and graduated from Barnard High School in 1957. Following high school Dale served four years in the U.S. Navy on board aircraft carrier Independence (out of Norfolk VA) and also spent a year in Keflavik Iceland.

Dale married the love of his life, Janet Kruse, on June 24, 1959, celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary this past June. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy in December of 1961. After discharge, Dale, Janet and son Bob (born November 20, 1960) lived in Wetonka. They moved into Aberdeen where Dale went to work for Standard Auto Supply. They welcomed their second child, daughter Deb, born on January 5, 1963 in Aberdeen.

Dale became a SD State Trooper in 1965 after training in Pierre and Aberdeen. In January 1966, Dale and family moved to Yankton SD to begin his State Trooper duties. Dale accepted a district transfer to Parker SD in 1967. In 1971, the family moved to Webster, SD where they remained until 1983, moving to Aberdeen, SD. Dale retired from the SD Highway Patrol in November of 1988. Since 1988, Dale has been employed with the SD Department of Revenue.

Dale was a member of First United Methodist Church, Aberdeen, the South Dakota Highway Patrol Retiree's Association, The American Legion, and past president of Barnard Alumni Association. Dale was a loving family man whose life revolved around attending his children's and grandchildren's sports events and other activities. He traveled many miles as a Aberdeen Central "Golden Eagle" Fan.

Grateful for having shared Dale's life are his wife Janet Hilgemann, Aberdeen; son Bob (Julie) Hilgemann, Aberdeen; daughter Deb (Dave) Abens, Aberdeen: grandchildren Bobi Hilgemann, Joshua Hilgemann, Tanner Abens and Lindsey Abens, sisters Evelyn Grieben, Aberdeen and Connie Hilgemann; Verona, VA: brothers Gerald (Maryanne) Hilgemann; Norwalk, IA; Ralph (Carol) Hilgemann, Jamestown, ND; brother-in-laws LaVern Hinz, Earl (LaVonne) Kruse, and sister-in-law Charlene Fleeger, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gottfried and Fay Hilgemann and sister, Gloria Hinz.