Richard “Dick” Hilt, age 77, of Janesville, died on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at home. He was born in Janesville on July 1, 1935, the son of Emanuel and Marie (Dineen) Hilt. He graduated from Janesville High School where he was captain of the football and track team, and was voted the MVP by his teammates. Dick married Kathryn Bucholtz on Oct. 16, 1954, in Janesville, and she preceded him in death in 2006. He had been employed by General Motors, retiring in 1997, and was a member of the UAW Local 95. He was an avid fisherman, die hard Cub fan, enjoyed golf with his brothers, great woodworker where he made furniture and many picture frames, and was always willing to help anyone.
He is survived by his 4 children: Debbie (John) Lietz of Janesville, Michael Hilt of Janesville, Robert (Tess) Hilt of California and Linda Hilt of Janesville; 8 grandchildren: Jennifer, Justin, Joshua, Lisa, Kristin, Robert Jr., Jasmine and Raneisha; 6 great grandchildren; 6 siblings: Frank (Gerry) Hilt of Janesville, Chuck (Dag) Hilt of Arizona, William (Cheri) Hilt of Janesville, Tom (Elizabeth) Hilt of Reeseville, WI, Frani Tainter of West Bend, WI and Bonnie (Joe) Osmond of Janesville; other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Mary Severance; and daughter-in-law, Deb Hilt.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Janesville with Rev. Stephen J. Umhoefer officiating. A visitation will be held on Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family.
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