Virginia Luther Hilman, 85, of Creston, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Clearview Home in Clearfield, IA. Funeral Celebration of Life s services were held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Creston, with Pastor Tony Thurston officiating. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery, south of Creston.
Virginia May Overholtzer was born October 18, 1931 near Grand River, IA, daughter of Lowell (Red) and Juanita (Jimmerson) Overholtzer. In 1934 they move to Creston. In 1935 she had scarlet fever followed by mastoid surgery which affected her hearing the rest of her life. She graduated from Creston High School and American Institute of Business, Des Moines, IA.
On May 21, 1949 she married Glen Edward Luther at the Creston First Christian Church parsonage. Three children were born to this marriage, Cathy Ann, Steven Glen and James Keith Luther. She worked part-time while children were small and helped with Luther Service bookwork. The family was active in Union County Saddle Club, 4-H Clubs and youth sports. She was a 4-H leader, Saddle Club officer, member of Fair Board Wives and Fireflys. She and Glen constructed Country Court Mobile Home Park, and then with Don Miller as a partner, constructed L&M Mobile Estates. Virginia was manager of both parks. They enjoyed camping and traveling and made many friends through Holiday Ramblers Camping Clubs and Cozy Campers. She held many jobs, spending the last 21 working years as a Service Representative at the Creston Social Security District Office. She retired in September 1987. They enjoyed 10 years of being able to travel more before Glen passed away suddenly on September 5, 1997. She volunteered at Greater Community Hospital with Hospice, Respite, Auxiliary and Senior Health Insurance information Program. After Glen’s death she resigned as L&M manager but continued with Country Court until 2000. She is a lifetime member of Green Valley Hospice Guild, Greater Community Auxiliary, National Assn. Retired Federal Employees and Centreville Women’s Club. She was also a member of Union County Genealogical Society, Patches & Pieces Quilt Club, First Christian Church and Mary Circle.
On July 8, 2000, she married Emil Leonard Hilman of Red Deer, Alberta, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Creston. They enjoyed life with family and friends at Emil’s home in Canada, wintering in Arizona & Iowa part of the year. Emil passed away suddenly, October 31, 2005. Virginia returned to Iowa, eventually moving to Prairie View Assisted Living in 2011 and then to the Clearview Home in Clearfield in 2014. Virginia was also predeceased by her parents, daughter Cathy Ann (husband Tom) Stickel, a brother Carl Overholtzer, her sisters Janice Bartunek and Doris (husband Don) Trenkle and brothers-in-law Gerald (wife Fannie) Luther and Richard Luther.
Virginia is survived by two sons, Steven (wife Leslie) Luther and James Keith (wife Marcela) Luther, both of Creston; 9 step-children, David (wife Joyce) Hilman of Sylvan Lake, AB; Marvin (wife Ruth-Anne) Hilman of McMinnville, OR; Stanley (wife Debbie) Hilman of Calgary, AB; Perry (wife Mary) Hilman, of Sylvan Lake, AB; Earl Hilman of Sylvan Lake, AB; James (wife Julie) Hilman of Lake Arrowhead, Calif.; Calvin (wife Linda) Hilman of Sylvan Lake, AB; Linda (husband Pete) Levijoki of Frazee, MN and Vern (wife Barb) Hilman of Fort Fraser, BC.
She was also survived by five grandchildren Clint (wife Polly) Luther, Cory (wife Tara) Luther, Cody Luther and Crystal (husband Greg) of Creston and James Keith Luther, Jr. (wife Laura) of Ankeny; 15 great-grand-children; 19 step-grandchildren and 23 step-great-grandchildren and two sisters-in-law Arlene Overholtzer of Creston and Annie Luther of Prescott.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Steve Luther at 609 South Vine Street, Creston IA, 50801. Steve will divide all memorials between HCI Hospice in Creston and the Union County Fair Building Campaign which was of special interest to Virginia. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.