Daryl R. Hilt

Obituary of Daryl R. Hilt

Daryl Ray Hilt, 75, of Green Ridge, Missouri, died late Thursday evening, December 31, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. He was born February 1, 1945, in Sedalia, Mo., the son of Silas Winford Hilt and Opal Easter (Embree) Hilt. On September 18, 1964, he married Bonnie June Wiltfong at the First Baptist Church, Sedalia. After working for a brief time at the International Shoe Factory in Windsor, he began a 37-year career with Rival Manufacturing. After retirement he continued working as a groundskeeper for State Fair Community College and was currently a custodian at Whiteman Elementary School in Knob Noster, Mo. Daryl had volunteered with the Green Ridge Fire Department and was the Assistant Fire Chief and also a reserve police officer. He loved mowing and enjoyed repairing small engines. Working in the garden, baking, talking with CB radio friends as “Big Daddy,” and playing men’s slow pitch softball with the “Turtle Herd” team were all things he enjoyed over the years. He loved getting the family together for special gatherings, especially to celebrate Bonnie’s birthday and their wedding anniversary. He had attended the Eldorado United Methodist Church near Green Ridge and was currently a member at the Green Ridge Baptist Church where he enjoyed serving as a greeter and was always ready to help in whatever way he could. In addition to his wife Bonnie, survivors include 2 sons, Bobby Daryl “Bob” Hilt (Tina), Green Ridge, Mo., and Donald Ray “Don” Hilt, Jefferson City, Mo.; a granddaughter, Chelsie Hilt Comfort; 3 great-grandchildren, Rayne Hilt, Kaesyn Comfort and Gunnar Comfort; 2 brothers-in-law, Buddy "Bud" Wiltfong (Marie), Lawson, Mo., and Benjamin Wiltfong (Kim), Edmond, Oklahoma; 2 sisters-in-law, Barbara Seale (Sam), Hollister, Mo., and Beverly Ollison (Kenneth), Green Ridge, Mo.; an uncle, Dale Embree (Phyllis), Blue Springs, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Gaylon Hilt, and a nephew, Jared Ollison. A service to celebrate Daryl’s life will be held at a later date. The family suggests contributions to the Green Ridge Baptist Church or the American Heart Association and may be left in care of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. Condolences may be left online at www.hadleyfuneralhome.com.
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