George Brownson Hilts

Born: Thu., Apr. 9, 1925
Died: Wed., Nov. 21, 2012

Vigil Service

7:00 PM Tue., Nov. 27, 2012
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Nov. 28, 2012
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Thu., Nov. 29, 2012
Location: Harlowton Catholic Cemetery

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George B. Hilts passed away Wednesday, November 21 at his home in Choteau, Mt.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 28 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Choteau.  A  Vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27.  Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29 at the Harlowton Catholic Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Gorder Jensen Funeral Home of Choteau.

George was born on April 9, 1925 on the family farm near Salix Iowa to James J. and Edlah Knapp Hilts.  He was one of five children and was delivered by his Grandfather Dr. Mark Hilts.  After a typical farm-boy life, George joined in the U.S. Army Corp. during World War II.  With his two older brothers overseas, George was kept stateside for the duration of his service.  After being discharged from the military George enrolled in college on the GI bill.  He graduated from Iowa State University in 1949 with a degree in Agronomy. 

After graduation George took a job doing soil surveys with the Bureau of Reclamation and worked in several states, including Montana.  In 1955, George accepted a position with the Kulijian Company to investigate soils for irrigation development in Iraq.  George spent two years working in Iraq and during his vacations explored several countries, including trips to Europe. Following his return to the U.S. George took a job with the Soil Conservation Service in Montana.  While working in Harlowton George met Helen Cavanaugh.  They were married August 10, 1963.  Their first daughter, Leslie, was born while they were still in Harlowton.  Their next two daughters, Carolyn and Barbara, were born while they lived in Chinook.  In 1976 the Hilts family transferred to Choteau where George worked until retirement in 1988. 

George enjoyed gardening, collecting coins and guns, reading, bowling, and golf.  In his younger years he was known as quite a dancer.  Throughout his life he belonged to a number of civic groups such as the VFW, American Legion and the Kiwanis Club.  George was also a regular member of the afternoon coffee club and was known for his truly awful jokes.

George is survived by his wife, Helen of Choteau; daughters Leslie (Paul) McFadden of Fort Collins, Co.; Carolyn (Halvor) Kamrud of Missoula, Mt.; and Barbara (Burke) Stott of Wasilla, Ak.  George also leaves behind five grandchildren, Brett Kamrud of Butte, MT., Wyatt McFadden of Fort Collins, CO., McKenna Stott of Wasilla, AK, Dane Kamrud of Missoula, Mt., and Avery Stott of Wasilla AK.  He was preceded in death by his parents James and Edlah Hilts, sisters Barbara Davidson and Sally Dion, and brothers David and Harry Hilts.

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linda spinder
   Posted Sun November 25, 2012
Dear Helen and family
we are very sorry for your loss. George loved to visit when he came to the store.. He loved to visit and I looked forward to his visits.. he'll be missed by all . we are truly sorry for you and your family at this time...

God Bless you and your family

Linda Spinder Lori, and CJ

Patti Turecek
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
Leslie, your father lived quite an impressive life, my thoughts are with you and your family, Patti Turecek

Becky McKeown, Tom & Aidan Hilinski
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
Leslie and family,

Wishing you peace to bring comfort and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Our thoughts are with you.

Susan Williams
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
Dear Leslie and Family,

My heart is with you all. Cherish your memories and know that all of your father's wit and wisdom continues to reside in you. I look forward to giving you a big hug when you return to Fort Collins, my dear friend.

Love, Susan

Elaine Campbell
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
Helen and family-sorry for your loss. Elaine Campbell and family

   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. George was a great neighbor!

Don Dale
Corvalis, Montana

Cheryl Larson
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
Helen, Leslie, Carolyn and Barbie -- I am so sorry for your loss. George always stopped for a kind, friendly chat when I saw him. He will be greatly missed.

Cheryl Larson
Fallon, Nevada

Sue Greenley
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
Dear Leslie and Family:
We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking of you. Take good care - Sue and Chris

Cathy Hilts
   Posted Wed November 28, 2012
Aunt Helen & Family:
I was truly sorry to hear about Uncle George. Two many years and two many miles away from family. My love and best wishes to everyone!

Clarence & Radie Clayton
   Posted Thu November 29, 2012
Hello Helen & family,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. George was very special in our growth in Choteau. We were located in Choteau from 1983 to 1987. I worked for the Soil Conservation Service and we gathered with the soil survey crew on many occasions. George and I (our SCS team) bowled on the same team during our time in Choteau. The accomplishments that George provide continue to be a valuable resources for our residents in Pondera & Teton Counties. We will forever be blessed with the memories of George in our lives.

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