Loren “Dink” Hilmes of Othello, Washington lost his battle with lung cancer and died peacefully at his home on Jan. 28, 2019, surrounded by family.
Loren was born on Sept. 19, 1940 in Ransom, Kansas to John H. and Dorothy M. (Papst) Hilmes. He graduated from Ransom High School in 1958 and married Donna (Dinkel) Hilmes on Oct. 20, 1962. The couple moved to Othello, Washington in July of 1964 where Loren worked with three of his brothers at Hilmes Construction, Inc. until his retirement in February 2003.
Loren and his family spent many a summer weekend boating, water skiing, camping and socializing with friends and extended family. Loren had several hobbies, and most of all he loved to fish and hunt with his buddies, especially Jerry Rea and Chris Faix.
Loren is survived by his wife Donna and his three children Cynde Elrod of Ephrata, Washington, Sandy Jackson of Redmond, Washington and Kathy Watanabe (Gordy) of Fall City, Washington. He is also survived by three grandchildren Jennifer Spigner of Kennewick, Washington, Michael Spigner of Renton, Washington and Brandon Jackson of Redmond, Washington.
Loren is also survived by sister Mary Klitzke (Max) of Ellis, Kansas, twin sister Loretta Ummel of Lindsay, Oklahoma, brothers Marvin L. Hilmes (Linda) of Othello and Ronald W. Hilmes (Janeth) of Troy, Montana and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.
Loren was preceded in death by his parents John and Dorothy Hilmes, sisters Johnetta Matter and Mildred Keller and brothers Francis, Chester, Harold, Robert and Steven Hilmes.
At the family’s request, no service will be held.
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