John David Hilty

First Posted: 7/24/2011

SPENCERVILLEJohn David Hilty, 93, of Columbus, formerly of Spencerville, died July 23, 2011, at his home in Columbus while resting. He was born April 5, 1918, in Amanda Township, Allen County, to Homer John and Alvina Basinger Hilty. He was married to Doris June Burnfield for 62 years before her death in 2008.Mr. Hilty was a World War II Army veteran of four years and nine months, most of which was served in the South Pacific before being injured and returning to the United States for rehabilitation. He received the Purple Heart. He returned to the farm where he was born on Defiance Trail Road in Spencerville. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Spencerville and actively worshipped with his daughter at the Living Hope Free Methodist Church in Columbus. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772 in Spencerville. He was a 19 gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross. He served on the board of Allen County Children's Services from 1968 to 1978 and was an Amanda Township trustee from 1964 to 1974. After retiring from a successful farming career, he retired to Columbus and spent winter months in Fort Myers, Fla., where he became an excellent shuffleboard player. His favorite hobbies after retirement were gardening, woodcarving, needlework and most of all, his grandchildren.Survivors include two children, Dorothy Alice Hilty (Jim) May, of Columbus, and David Dee (Cheryl) Hilty, of Plymouth, Ind.; six grandchildren, Jody Hilty Stutzman, Mark Hilty, Lisa Hilty Dixon, Ruth Hilty Weldy, Matthew Hilty and Bethany Hilty; and eight adopted great-grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.Services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville. The Rev. Kermit Welty will officiate. Burial will be in Spencerville Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Allen County Chapter in Lima.

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