Hilton Hettmansperger, 96

Hilton Eugene Hettmansperger, 96, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Lagrima de Oro, Albuquerque, N.M.

Hilton was born Dec. 25, 1921, to Garl and Mary (Gibney) Hettmansperger in Wabash County. He graduated from Lagro High School, Lagro, in 1940.

He married Dorothy “Dottie” Ellen Stone in Akron, Ohio, on June 1, 1944. Dottie preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 2016. Hilton and Dottie celebrated 72 years of marriage.

Hilton attended an aircraft sheet metal school in Nashville, Tenn., and worked on Martin bomber airplanes in Akron.

He served in the Navy from 1942-45 and was a gunner on Liberty ships called the Augustine Heard and the Nathan Hale in World War II.

Hilton taught the art of “Leading a Target” with a machine gun at Camp Bradford in Norfolk, Va.

Hilton installed pharmacy clean rooms for 22 years in the U.S., Germany, Paris, France, and Canada, for Envirco.

Hilton and Dottie enjoyed camping in the mountains with their two daughters, Mary Jane and Sue.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jane (Carl) White, of New Mexico, and Sue Hettmansperger, of Iowa City, Iowa; two grandchildren, Chris White and Sandra (Shawn) West of New Mexico; a brother, Robert E. (Susie) Hettmansperger and a sister Helen Shanks, both of Wabash; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service is planned to be held March 17, 2018, at the Lavida Llena Carter Hall in New Mexico.

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Posted on 2018 Mar 08