Dr. Wayne C. Hillman, 98, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance.
Wayne was born to Glen and Verna Hillman on Feb. 23, 1920 in Greene County, Iowa. He graduated in 1937 from Dana High School Dana, Iowa.
In 1942, during WWII, he was drafted to the U.S. Army. One of the most significant tasks that he was involved in was the liberation of Paris. His service in the Army represented the brave and selfless man that he was his entire life. He acquired 2 purple hearts and 4 battle stars during his service. The greatest treasure he received during his military career was meeting his future wife.
Wayne married Ketty Steffensen on April 20, 1943 in Kahoka, Mo. They were married for 71 ½ years until Ketty’s passing in 2014.
Wayne graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa with a Degree in Veterinarian Medicine. He then had a private practice in Perry, Iowa. He finished his career as a federal meat inspector for the USDA. His education and dreams would not have been possible without the hard work of his loving wife Ketty.
He is survived by his son, Randall (Judy) Hillman; daughter, Jane (Bruce) Faber; his grandchildren, Leslie (Seth) Hulquist, Tony (Kaylea) Faber and Kacy Faber and his great-grandchildren, Kale, Rylea, Tucker and Remi. He is also survived by his brother, Max; sister, Martha, along with many nieces and a nephew.
Wayne was preceded in death by his loving wife; both of his parents and his brother, Ivan.
Memorial services will be Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with Jeannie Sedivy officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Veterans State Cemetery at Alliance Foundation, “Wind break fund” PO Box 902 Alliance, NE 69301.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.