OREGON-Henry G. “Hank” Hierlmeier, age 85, of Oregon, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013, in hospice at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. He was born on March 21, 1927, in Medford, the son of Glendon and Annadell (Sewell) Hierlmeier. He married Virginia Grosskreutz on May 22, 1948, in Edgar. Hank loved sports. He was a boxer at West High School and in the U.S. Army while he was stationed in Germany during World War II. Hank also played baseball, was involved in track, and was an avid bowler. He also enjoyed teaching and coaching both bowling and youth basketball. Hank was also an avid outdoorsman; he especially enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also had a love of playing cribbage, euchre, and sheepshead. Hank was known to be an extraordinary athlete and he fortunately passed his many talents onto his children and grandchildren.
Hank is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia; five children, Judy Coffey, Carol (David) Borland, Betty (Gary) Larsen, Sam Hierlmeier, and Gordy (Angela) Hierlmeier; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Lawrence Hierlmeier and Glen Thomas, married to Ruth Ann Hierlmeier; sisters, Beverly (David) Appleyard, Ann Hierlmeier, Shirley (Steve) Bateman, and Patricia Lee Brooks; sister-in-law, Patricia Hierlmeier; brother-in-law, Roger Nelson; and he is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; great-granddaughter, Tabitha Hiller; brothers, Wayne and Robert Hierlmeier; sisters, Phyllis and Marilyn Hierlmeier, and Virginia Nelson; and sister-in-law, Judith Carlson.
Memorial services will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park Street, Oregon, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, with Glen Thomas Hierlmeier officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oregon High School Sports Department. A special thank you to the caregivers of CLC HospiceCare Center at the Veteran’s Hospital.
I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord's great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oregon High School Sports Department.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday.
Memorial services will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park Street, Oregon, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, with Glen Thomas Hierlmeier officiating.