Donald "Donny" Hiller, 63, Minot, formerly of Granville, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Donny was born Oct. 14, 1949, at Minot, the son of Junior and Gladys (Austad) Hiller. He was raised at Granville and graduated from Granville High School in 1967, where he was a three-year starter on the basketball team. He attended Minot State College for one year and was once married to Barbara Johnson. From this union four children were born. During his younger years, Donny worked as an electrical lineman in Illinois and then returned to Minot, where he was employed with Warner Construction.
Donny was united in marriage to Kathy O'Brien on Aug. 22, 1981. From this union two children were born. In 1986, Donny and Jim Lervik started their own business known as J & D Home Improvement.
Donny kept busy with many of his favorite hobbies, some of which included softball, basketball, golf, watching track meets, baseball and fishing. Not only did he enjoy playing many of these, but he was also found supporting family and friends in these events. In Donny's early years, he was an avid bowler and never would miss an opportunity to meet up with his buddies to play darts or pool. He was a "jack of all trades" and could fix just about anything. He and family were often found camping during the summer weekends at Lake Sakakawea.
Donny's loving family includes: wife, Kathy Hiller, Minot; children, Travis Hiller (Wendy Skinner), Minot, Tori Hiller, Lilburn, Ga., Elise (Chris) Ackerman, of Florence, Ariz., Brett Hiller and Cody Hiller, both of Minot; parents, Junior and Gladys Hiller, Granville; sisters, Bonnie McNeely (Dale Neuhalfen), Granville, Penny (Kent) Krebsbach, Sawyer; brother, Todd Hiller (Vickie Fettig), Minot; 12 grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donny was preceded in death by his son, Chad, and grandparents, Louis and Anna Hanson and Harry and Matilda Hiller.
Funeral service: Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., in First Lutheran Church, Granville.
Interment: Granville Community Cemetery, in the spring.
Visitation: Friday, Dec. 28, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials are preferred to the Minot YMCA Cancer Rehabilitation program.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).