Earl Edgar Hilton


June 15, 1924 - January 10, 2013



Earl Edgar Hilton was born June 15, 1924, at Mitchell to Edgar and Vera (Kellogg) Hilton. He grew up in Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1943. He entered the US Army and served in the European Theatre during World War II. On August 7, 1948, he married Blanche Haehner at Mitchell. In 1951, he graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. He taught and coached in Freeman for three years and Madison for six years. In 1960, he moved to Mitchell, where he taught, coached and was the athletic director in the Mitchell School System until his retirement in 1987. From 1979 until 1989, he owned the Zesto in Mitchell. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the American Legion. He was inducted into the Madison High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Mitchell High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Dakota Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame, South Dakota High School Coaches Association Athletic Hall of Fame, South Dakota High School Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame and was a member of numerous other athletic organizations.

He had a way of instilling a work ethic that would get athletes to perform at their best.  Through all his experiences he never talked about his success, but about the success of the teams and athletes.  The athletic world has not only been a part of his life, but is also a part of his soul.  Earl enjoyed camping and fishing with family and friends.  Many fun times were enjoyed in campgrounds and fishing the Missouri River.  He was a caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He will be missed by all of his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Blanche, five children: Bob Hilton and wife Kathy of Sioux Falls; Jon Hilton and wife Elaine of Huron; Meredith McLeod and husband John of Pasco, WA; Don Hilton and wife Cherie of Black Hawk; Steve Hilton and wife Lisa of Piedmont; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a niece and nephew, Barbara Haehner of Indianapolis, IN and Alan Haehner of Carmel, IN, two brothers, Harold Hilton of Mitchell, Darrel Hilton and wife Lois of Mitchell and numerous other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Donna Hilton and Shirley Jenney and a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Hilton.


Sunday, January 13, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, January 14, 2013
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Brad Seehafer on January 16, 2013
Bob & Kathy, so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob's father, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family at this difficult time. God Bless All.
Posted by Lynn and Jerry Metcalf on January 16, 2013
Bob, Kathy and Family-We are so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He was a great guy and I know you will miss him. He was Lynns Drivers Education Teacher in the summer during high school and she still claims thats why she's such a good driver. She learned a lot from him and he was very patient and kind. He will not be forgotten!
Posted by Barb Rissky Newman on January 14, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will never forget all of the great camping trips taken with your family...good times! Mr. Hilton was a wonderful educator who really cared about his students. Take care and God bless.
Posted by Bob & Mary McKillop Ackman on January 14, 2013
Our prayers are with you as you deal with the loss of great man, father, and husband. He has left many memories and treasured moments with all!
Posted by diane moke lawrence on January 13, 2013
My condolences to all of Earl's family..He was such a kind man..I worked with him when I judged and coached gymnastics many years ago..He loved the kids..
Posted by Lisa Peschong Whealy on January 12, 2013
Thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time. God Bless.
Posted by cheryl kunkel on January 11, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. God Bless you all.
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