June Carol (Flohr) Hileman, 80, passed peacefully into eternity from her home outside Denver at 5:45 Thursday morning, Aug. 2, 2012.
Born in Fulton County on Aug. 22, 1931, June was the eldest of four children born to Robert and Sylvia (Hoover) Flohr, both preceding her in death. The family moved to Peru where June graduated high school in 1949. She received a degree in accounting from the Fort Wayne International Business College which led to her employment as an accountant with several Indiana businesses. Later she worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block before becoming self-employed as an independent agent working from her home office.
On Oct. 11, 1953, June married her soldier sweetheart Darrell J. Hileman, who survives. She very much enjoyed her large family. Her children are Mike and Barb Hileman, Peru; Carol and Tom Harp, Macy; Jeff "O.J." and Edna Hileman, Denver; and Ann Hileman, Peru. One son, Steven, died at age three weeks in September 1954. Her grandchildren are Mikell and Jennifer Flachman and Shane and Karen Flachman, Texas; Tabatha and Jimmy Stambaugh, Kokomo; Tom and Jen Coldiron, Michaelle and John Hughes, Monica Flachman and Isaac and Kelly Harp, Peru; Adam and Kristin Harp, Burket; and Robin and Matt Deetz, Martinsville. She was a great-grandmother to 24 beautiful children. Also surviving are a sister Peg and Dick Smith, Peru, and a brother, John and Norma Flohr, Logansport.
Her brother Larry Flohr preceded her in death in May 2002.
June was a thoughtful, kind-hearted person doing whatever she could to address the needs of others. She delivered baskets and baskets of homemade cookies, pies, breads and jellies to her neighbors. As an excellent cook, she was sometimes known as "Aunt Betty Crocker" to her many nieces and nephews. She never lacked for "guinea pigs" to taste a new-tried recipe. Full of spunk and with a mischievous sense of humor, she could pull off some fantastic April Fool's jokes. She built snowmen (and women!), planted flowers in Darrell's old work boots and dressed up in surprising Halloween costumes. Not one to sit still, she learned and loved the art of hand-quilting and created over 50 quilts, giving many of them as gifts. She was a talented seamstress, making many articles of clothing over the years. She made her wedding dress, in which she will be laid to rest. A favorite activity was camping and fishing. Everything else could wait if there was an opportunity for fishing!
June was a member of the Oakdale Baptist youth group where she met, fell in love with and married Darrell. Later she worked diligently at genealogy, locating and documenting many relatives from both of their families.
There was always a big garden in her back yard and neighbors recognized the familiar figure pulling weeds and harvesting produce. June tried her hand at preserving all kinds of unusual things from corn cob jelly, to dandelion wine, to corn-husked tamales and lye-soaked hominy. About the only thing she ever threw out was a pot of Russian borscht!
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver, with Tom Harp officiating.
Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Denver Fire Department. The online guestbook can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.