James Edward Hiller
December 2, 1938 ~ November 04, 2012
James Edward Hiller was born December 2, 1938, in Flandreau to Edward and Mildred (Pien) Hiller. He was raised and educated in the Flandreau school system through eighth grade. Jim then left home and traveled with a family migrating and working north to south throughout the US. He returned home to Flandreau at age 18, where he met his sweetheart, Karen Larimore. On February 22, 1959, at the ages of 20 and 17, after reportedly skipping school to get a marriage license and being caught by the school principle, the couple was married in Pipestone, MN. The couple moved about in the Brookings, Dell Rapids, and Flandreau area while Jim worked several jobs in the area. Three children were born during this time; Ed, Kathy, and Betty. In 1965, Jim took a position working at Gage Brothers in Sioux Falls and forty years later, he retired as the lead maintenance man.
Jim was a man of huge character. He loved hunting and fishing in the earlier years and spending time telling stories and sharing his humor with his friends and his family, especially his grandchildren in the later times. He really enjoyed helping anyone; mowing at his church, teaching or mentoring others on his skills, or repairing and working on machines. He was known to have stopped to help someone with a flat tire. When asked how much to pay him for his time, he told the person he would not take anything. They were to do something good for someone else. He was a great believer for “paying it forward.”
Sadly, Jim, 73, was called Home to Glory on Sunday, November 04, 2012, at the Avera Dorohty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.
Jim is survived by his wife, Karen; one son, Ed, of Arlington, two daughters, Kathy (Bob) Swanson, of Sioux Falls, and Betty Shields, of Sioux Falls; his mother, Mildred Hiller of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Shavon Borman, Maria Shields, Brandi Shields, Ashley Hagen, and Ryan Swanson; two and ½ great-grandchildren, Xavier Borman and Addilynn Hagen and one sister, Judy (Pete) Peterson, Seattle, WA.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, John and Jerry Hiller; three sisters, Beverly Hiller, Joyce Hiller, JoAnn Huseman and one son-in-law, RJ Shields.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to the Avera Hospice Unit or SD Relay for Life in James’ honor.