Orlando Hillmann, age 90, of Buffalo Lake, MN, died Sunday August 4, 2019 at Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center. Funeral services are Thursday, August 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake with Rev. Jackie Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation for Orlando is Wednesday 5-8 p.m. and continues Thursday for one hour before the funeral all at the church. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Orlando Glen Hillmann was born January 21, 1929 on the family farm in Wellington Township, rural Fairfax, MN to Arthur and Alvina (Freyholtz) Hillmann. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. Orlando was baptized as an infant and later confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Wellington Township. On September 8, 1952 he was united in marriage to Marjorie Woods at the Methodist Church in Lafayette. This marriage was blessed with eight children. Orlando and Marjorie resided and farmed south of Buffalo Lake in Grafton Township, Sibley County, MN. They shared 58 years of marriage until her death in 2011. Orlando was a lifelong farmer and besides raising crops had dairy cows, beef cattle and hogs throughout the years. While he retired in 2013 Orlando still continued taking an interest in how the crops were coming along. Orlando was a man of strong personal faith and was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake where he served on their council. In his free time he had enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, and their couple’s supper club gatherings. He especially enjoyed family gatherings and time spent with his grandchildren. In 2014 he moved to a home in Hutchinson and since 2016 he has resided at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center. Orlando’s family will always remembers his wonderful smile and most enjoyable laugh.
Orlando is survived by his four children: Sue (Bob) Erickson of Olivia, Garry (Barb) Hillmann of Buffalo Lake, Sharon (Jeff) Armstrong of Hutchinson, and Lynn (Scott) Jensen of Owatonna; son-in-law Shawn Schoettmer of Hutchinson; 10 grandchildren: Ryan (Kori) Erickson, Krista (Josh) Nelson, Scott (Laila) Hillmann, Dustin Hillmann (special friend Jackie Potvin), Melissa (Andy) Erlandson, Mitchell (Brittany) Opatz, Kaiya (Jared) Frickle, Emma Thompson, Josh Schoettmer, and Lucas Schoettmer; nine step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister Mavis McPheeters of Hutchinson; and sister-in-law Jean Hillmann of Fairfax. Orlando was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marjorie; children: Glenn Hillmann, Randall Hillmann, Bradley Hillmann, and Laura Schoettmer; grandson Jordan Hillmann; brothers: Ardine Hillmann and Eugene Hillmann; and his sisters Delpha Mellies and Geneva Franzeen.
Blessed Be His Memory