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September 24, 1970 - May 5, 2017
Clete Michael Hilgart, 46, of Kearney, MO, entered eternal life on May 5, 2017.
Visitation will be 5-6:30pm, Rosary 4:45pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Church Of The Annunciation, Kearney, MO. Memorial Service will follow at 6:30pm. Full Military Honors at 7p.m. There will be a memorial service held this August in Park Falls, where he will be laid to rest.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a fund for Clete’s daughters at the Kearney Trust.
Clete was born on September 24, 1970, to Robert and Gayle Hilgart in Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1971, the family moved to Park Falls, Wisconsin. Clete attended St. Anthony’s grade school and graduated from Park Falls High School in 1989. While in high school, Clete participated in football, basketball and baseball. After graduating from high school, Clete entered the Marine Corp. Over his eight years of service, Clete served in Okinawa and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia where he met President George Bush. He earned the rank of Sergeant E5.
Clete had two daughters from his first marriage, whom Clete dearly loved, Danielle and Brette. On June 7, 2013, Clete married Lisa Melcher Pinkman and welcomed Lisa’s three daughters into his family, Elisabeth, Rebekah, and Emma. Clete and Lisa were blessed to have their time together filled with so much love and happiness.
Clete will be fondly remembered for his love of family, life and adventure, his dedication to the Marine Corp, and his obsession with the Green Bay Packers. He loved the outdoors and was constantly in search of that big buck. His laughter, sense of humor and heart to help others will be greatly missed.
Clete is survived by his wife Lisa, his parents, his daughters, his sister Kelly (Todd) Slavik, numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins. He was welcomed into Heaven by his grandparents and uncles who preceded him in death.