In Memory of Carolyn A. Hilker



Carolyn A. Hilker
Carolyn A. Hilker
Born: January 23, 1943
Died: December 25, 2018
Age: 75
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Carolyn A. Hilker
January 23, 1943 - December 25, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Carolyn A. Hilker, age 75, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2018.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Reverend Randy D. Cormeny will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2019, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek & Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com

Carolyn A. (Burk) Hilker, the daughter of Roy and Malinda (Jepsen) Burk was born January 23, 1943, in Ida Grove, Iowa. She grew up on a farm south of Ida Grove until the divorce of her parents. Her mother, two sisters, and herself then moved to town in Ida Grove. While receiving her education in the Ida Grove school system she could be found babysitting, folding newspapers for The Reminder, and working at The King Theater. After graduating in 1961, she worked for Iowa Public Service in Ida Grove.

On December 3, 1961, Carolyn married the love of her life and best friend Jim Hilker. The couple made their home on the family farm for over 57 years and were blessed with three children: Kenny, Kaye, and Karen. While raising their children, Carolyn helped on the family farm and in her mother-in-law’s business, The Rainbow Ceramic Shoppe. During this time, she was a member of the Battle Creek Jaycettes for a while and was also a Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher. Once their children were grown Carolyn worked at John’s Super Value, Family Drug, and Sealed With A Kid all in Ida Grove.

Carolyn was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church for many years until transferring to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, IA where she was an active member. She belonged to Martha’s Circle serving as the secretary for several years. Carolyn loved to decorate for the holidays and other special occasions, always making them memorable for her family and friends. She loved to draw, dance, travel, shop, and sit at the table watching the birds, squirrels, and deer. She cherished every moment with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren always making sure to spoil them.

Left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of over 57 years Jim Hilker of Ida Grove, IA; son Kenny Hilker of Ida Grove, IA and his two children Nicole Hilker (significant other Darek Boysen) of Battle Creek, IA and Staff Sergeant Cory Hilker of Hill Air Force Base, Utah; daughter Kaye (Vernon) Volkmann of Battle Creek, IA and their two children Tiffany VanSickler (significant other Kevin Muckey) of Sioux City, IA and Cody (Sara) Volkmann of Polk City, IA; daughter Karen (Van) Ryen and their two children Trever Ryen (fiancé Bailie Kies) and Shae Ryen all of Ida Grove, IA; five great-grandchildren: Marley, Brynley, Tonie, Iroh, and Anna; sister Lois Wendell of Ida Grove, IA; brother-in-law Raymond Nepper of Ida Grove, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roy Burk and Malinda Burk; in-laws Ralph and LaVera Hilker, brother LeRoy Burk; sister Diane Nepper; sister-in-law Lila Burk; and nephew Bruce Burk.

SERVICES

10:30 a.m., Saturday,
January 5, 2019
St. John's Lutheran Church
Battle Creek, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Rev. Randy D. Cormeny

CASKET BEARERS

Doug Dausel
Darin Dausel
Larry Forthum
John Burk
Paul Nepper
Loren Jepsen

VISITATION

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday,
January 4, 2019
St. John's Lutheran Church
Battle Creek, Iowa

MUSIC

Congregational Hymns
"On Eagle's Wings"
"In The Garden"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"Nearer My God To Thee"
"Just A Closer Walk"

Recorded Selection
"One Tin Soldier"

Linda Burk, Organist


INTERMENT

Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Condolences


Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 1:20 PM
“Jim, so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed all our visits”
- Daniel Ehler
Friday, January 4, 2019 at 4:24 PM
“God Rest your beautiful soul. You will be forever missed. Rest easy. Love, Linda, Kim and Mason Malmos”
- Kim Malmos
Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 3:14 PM
“Carolyn left with us wonderful memories of her beautiful voice.. She sang with Jeff on Easter Sunday a few years back and it was amazing... She is singing with the angels in heaven and it is pleasing to our Lord... Condolences to Jim and kids. She was a great lady. ”
- Mareta K Vermeys
Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 3:14 PM
“Kenny, Kaye and Karen, So very sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers. ”
- Valarie Wonder
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 2:44 PM
“So sorry to hear you lost your mother and wife. she was a really neat lady. May God bless you at this difficult time.
Dean and Jane”
- Jane O'Tool
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 2:44 PM
“Dear Kaye & Karen-I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a neat lady. Thought & prayers for you and your family.”
- Lisa Stenderup
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 2:44 PM
“My deepest sympathy to your family. Carolyn she was such a sweet lady always willing to help anywhere she was. Rest In Peace ”
- Sue Birocci
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 2:44 PM
“jIM AND FAMILY I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, SHE WAS AN EXTRA SPECIAL PERSON AND EERYONE LOVED HER PRAYERS TO ALL OF YOU
- Marian Rita Muller
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 9:58 AM
“Jim We our sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing,she was always such a nice person. I have known her since the late 50s, and always enjoyed being around her and her Mother and Sisters. We always had a fun time, God Bless you and your family. Kenny & Ann Thornhill”
- Ken & Ann Thornhill
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 9:07 AM
“ So sorry to hear about your mom. She was a awesome lady. Know now that she is in hands of our Lord and resting in peace. Betty (Mildenstein) Dahl”
- Betty Dahl
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 9:07 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kaye and Karen! She was such a great lady to know!”
- Laci, Tyler, Serenity, and Chase
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 9:07 AM
“Jimmy and Lois, I am so sorry for your loss. Carolyn made the world a better place by being in it. Jimmy, you two had the sweetest relationship. ”
- Bets Peters
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 1:16 PM
“So sorry to hear Caroline passed. Enjoyed working with her at the store, She was always happy and willing hands at church. Rest in peace.”
- Fern Krayenhagen
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“Oh My Carolyn I remember you helping me with my ceramic stuff I had made and fun times after that May you RIP”
- Wayne and Ina Mae Bliesmann
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“So sorry for your loss! Prayers for comfort and peace! Love you all!”
- Linda Kuhl
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“My deepest sympathy to you all. Carolyn was such a loving and kind lady. Enjoyed working with her so much.
- Shirlee Petersen
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