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Francis "Gene" Hilbert


Service: 10:00am Tue. April 10th, 2018
Location: St. Bernard Catholic Church

HILBERT, Francis Eugene “Gene”, 77, formerly of Springfield, OH passed was on April 2, 2018 in his home in Yorktown, Virginia surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Springfield, Ohio on August 12, 1940 the son of Charles E. and Florence E. (Conway) Hilbert. Gene was retired from the Steel Products Company after 30 years of service and also retired from the Assurant Group. He was a member of Saint Bernard Church, Union Club; the Notre Dame Club of Springfield, FOE, and Machinist Club. Gene was a member of the Catholic Central High School class of 1958, He served proudly in the United States Marine Corp. Gene is survived by his three Daughters Lynn (Michael) Mutlu of Liberty Township, OH, Lori (Carl) West of Yorktown, VA, and Andrea Stout of Oak Harbor, OH; grandchildren, Mathew, Andrew, Madison, and Jake Mutlu, Mallory(Dustin) Cordell, Ryan (Brittany) West, Jon Michael West, Molly, and Anthony Stout; great-grandchildren, Connor and Kaiah Cordell and; and many nieces, nephews and other family. Gene leaves behind his sister and brothers to cherish his memories, Kathy Hilbert Carl, Daniel (Chris) Hilbert, David (Kathy) Hilbert and Paul (Natalie) Hilbert. His family would like to acknowledge some of his many friends that meant so much to Gene throughout his life and shared his life: Mike Whitacre, Jack Simonton, Jim Simonton, Bobby Decker, Jim Picolo, Tom Brennen and the “Boys of Lacy’s. Gene was an avid golfer who played at many of the local courses in and around the Springfield area as well as throughout the United States. He was a dedicated participant in local best ball matches. In addition to golf, Gene was a staunch supporter of Notre Dame football and the University of Dayton basketball. Gene was also a supporter of local sporting teams. Gene was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Florence Hilbert, brother James (Tank) Hilbert, Janie (Worrell) Hilbert as well as many very dear friends. Friends may call at the CONROY FUNERAL HOME between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Bernard Church at 10:00 a.m. on April 10, 2018. Inurnment with Military Honors will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday in St. Bernard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the Charles E. and Florence E. Hilbert Scholarship at The Clark State College.
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So sorry to learn of the passing of a great guy and a long-lost friend. We were friends back in the day in Springfield when working with him at Strrl Orofucts in summers- likes him the Moment I met him. Funny, wise, adventuresome and a great friend. I only wish I had kept more in contact with Gene over the years. I’ll alwYs remember him with great fondness, admiration and respect- Redt in Peace, my friend.,

- Doug Fagan, Tuesday April 17th, 2018

Gene will be greatly missed by all his friends, and family. Went on many golf trips with him. he was a unique individual, when you put him and dave together, it was a wild ride!! . Rest in peace friend Bob (rambo ) lindsey

- Bob Lindsey, Wednesday April 11th, 2018

You are and were truly special Gene, when you called me out of the blue 3 years ago to offered me assistance when my son was so ill. To all your friends the story about the lady at Lejeune at the hospital is true because we shared that experience together. Thanks for being there for me. You were truly a great man and a great Marine a great dad and friend to so many of us.

- Jim Fitzsimmons, Tuesday April 10th, 2018

I initially met Gene at St. Mary’s when I was in 2nd grade. A 4th grader was picking on me & 3rd grader Gene intervened. We both played football for Tee Wills & Joe McCurdy. Joe gave everyone nicknames, I Was guts & Gene was fuzzy. I went to Kiefer in 7th grade & it was Gene who recruited me back to St. Mary’s. In high school I remember our picture in the ‘59 Spires describing the Battle of Gettysburg in R.J. ( aka Combat ) Costello’s History Class. Within 2 years lance cpl. Gene was in Vietnam & I was in Tallahassee. We both came back to Spfld. about the same time. Gene helped me land a job at the pizza house next door to him on Madison. In 1962 Gene was in Donna & my wedding party. We moved to Fl., but on our regular sojourns home I could always find Gene at the Snyder Park Club house arguing with Dave Fannin. Here we always planned one of numerous trips to South Bend. We always go lost. Gene was always up for a road trip & I remember coaching in Tavares & heard a commotion behind our bench , it was Gene & Jim Bushu arriving softer Happy Hour. At the end of this November Gene made his last trip to see the Irish play in MIAMI. We sat in a sea of Hurricanes, a miserable night. The things I will remember most about Gene was how progressive & accepting he was of all diversities, his loyalty $ pride in the West End, St. Mary’s, Catholic Central, USMC, Notre Dame, Wittenberg & Bill Edwards, Dayton Flyers, Xavier Musketeers, Catholicism, Democratic Party, & his FAMILY. He always enjoyed a good beer & a good argument, before there was google there was Gene.Nothing can take from family & friends the wealth of wonderful memories, and the happiness that you all shared for so many years, George & Donna Bianchi

- George Bianchi, Monday April 9th, 2018

Sadly we read of the passing of a friend, and fellow CCHS alum. Gene was a most colorful character, and always a fun exchange when we gathered. Never will forget our last 'Roadie' to ND, to see the Irish beat Purdue. 6 of us, in a van, Gene the, the "Wheel Man', with his brother's David & Dan, George & Jack Bianchi, an me. Politic's and Football dominated the Sept. 2008 Marathon up & back. Gene said; he had 'Cauliflower Ear's', after that 5 0n 1 DEM's vs GOP verbal sparring match. But what a fun time being with Gene, as always..he will be sorely missed. Our prayer's and best wishes extended to the Family of Gene Hilbert. Phyllis & Brian Garry

- Brian A. Garry, Monday April 9th, 2018

Gene Hilbert will be truly missed. He was such a colorful character and so much fun to be with. We had finished a great day of golf. Sitting on the upper porch overlooking the magnificent Irish countryside at Druids Glen and enjoying a “cold one”. One of our group coyly commented “I wonder what the poor people are doing today”? Gene’s response ....... “Sixteen of them are drinking a beer in Ireland” He was never at a loss for words Go Irish !

- Rich Whalen, Monday April 9th, 2018

My deepest sympathy and love and prayers to Lynn, Lori and Andrea and all your family. May God bless you all. Linda Clouse

- Linda Clouse, Monday April 9th, 2018

My condolences to Lynn, Lori Andrea and the Hilbert family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

- Cheryl Brickman , Sunday April 8th, 2018

My condolences to the family. We were not in touch after I left Springfield after high school but I have many fond memories from the four years we shared at Central. I am sure he will be missed by all!!!

- Phil Montanus, Sunday April 8th, 2018

Lots of high school memories; Danny Sullivan kidded Gene about ‘Francis’ - as his nickname. Our CC ‘gang’ spent ‘quality time’ in the K of C basement ‘recreation’ room; poker/ blackjack and eight ball/ nine ball. Gene was a gambling guru; won most of my dimes and quarters. Not to mention ‘higher stakes’ poker later in Jim Simonton’s basement. And then there were the free pretzels at ‘Whities Tavern’, and underage 3.2% beer at the ‘Ridgewood Bar’ (you needed to be at least 16 - the ‘Flamingo’ next door was more ‘upscale’). I never saw Gene do the splits, but you could count on him 'holding court' at our class reunions (and surely other reunions).

- Roger Glynn, Sunday April 8th, 2018

Lynn I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I remember him well cheering on the Fighting Irish, golfing and cherishing his beautiful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

- Casey Lee, Sunday April 8th, 2018

I am going to miss ole Gene.. I worked with him at Speco and he played cards with us sometimes on Weds. Afternoons. He was always fun to be around.

- Tom Deane, Saturday April 7th, 2018

gene and Snyder park golf course. the story are all true.

- matt sheridan, Saturday April 7th, 2018

We will miss Gene terribly! We've had the privilege of growing up and sharing much of our lives over many years. Gene was always fun to be around, a great debater on many subjects, especially ND, history, and politics. I'll always remember how he loved and ,"owned" Snyder Park golf course. He hit the straightest one iron ever and had a great touch. His "touch" extended well beyond the course and he leaves a long list of friends who loved him. Jim and Helen Simonton

- Jim Simonton, Saturday April 7th, 2018

I could tell you a million stories about Gene and I, but I'ii just give you 1.We were at EL-SOM which was a dance the YWCA held, every fri. night.Gene and I got there and the first song was fast one. He said" watch this"and half way through the dance he did the "SPLITS"and tore the croutch of his out.I grew up with GENE.I worked 30yrs with.Gene.Everytime I saw him the 1st thing hed was remember when we did this or that.I will miss him dearly.

- Tommy Mann+Sue, Saturday April 7th, 2018

Gene and my brother Ron entered the Marine Corp to gather TANK and GENE were always at our house now heaven has two good Marines.

- John Lyons, Friday April 6th, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Gene’s passing is a loss for so many! I watched him play golf many many times! We laughed all the time! A great friend! This heart of mine has taken a huge hit!

- Linda Mingo Schetter, Friday April 6th, 2018

Gene was a friend to many and enjoyed all classes from cchs. Rest in peace. Love Notre Dame football and he was a great fan.

- Vivian Krupp, Friday April 6th, 2018

A great friend and a super guy. Gene had great compassion for the little guy .He will be sorely missed. I'm disappointed we will miss our date at the Pine Club

- Harold Bauer, Friday April 6th, 2018

My prayers are with all of you, so many, at this time of your loss and my loss. Francis Eugene, I’ll be missing you and all our great times together, ND football, golf, political discussions, and the hanging out in the parking lot. God Bless, Brother.

- Tom Brennan, Friday April 6th, 2018

I remember your "Smile" Gene always had one and the Beer's at Lacy's. The time at I.H.C. we had them going, tell Tank hi " GOD BLESS YOU " AND YOUR FAMILY [ you were one of a kind ]

- Ron White, Friday April 6th, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Gene. He was a friend of my husband (Roy Richards) and my companion Dave Fannin. May God bless all of you and wrap his loving arms around you and keep you strong. Donna Richards

Thursday April 5th, 2018

The Hilbert Family and relatives: So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. He was a dear friend and classmate. We grew up together in the west end and attended St. Mary's Grade School. Have fond memories of Gene and his brother, "Tank".

- Barbara Taborn, Thursday April 5th, 2018

So sorry to lose a great guy Big Notre Dame fan. God gets to watch the games with you. David, my dear friend my love and whatprayers for your family . Danny and Paul' my friends as well.

- Terry Brennan, Thursday April 5th, 2018

Dan, Chris, and Paul, So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and all your family in my thoughts and prayers.

- Nora Tabor, Thursday April 5th, 2018

So sorry for your lost.

- Joyce Karnehm Sonny Radclff sister. , Thursday April 5th, 2018

I am so sorry we lost a great man who also served his country as a devoted Marine. It is a great honor to have known you, golfed with you and worked with you. You will be missed and never forgotten.

- Doug Cox, Thursday April 5th, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss he was a good man.

- Elaine Miller , Thursday April 5th, 2018

Lynn, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you & your family for comfort.

- Penny Scott, Thursday April 5th, 2018

I'm sorry to hear that Gene passed away. I always enjoyed running into Gene. He always made you feel he was happy to see you. The last time I saw him was The Race Street Open. We ran into each other at Camp Lejeune Marine Corp Bace in 1962. He told me "there's a war going on in Vietnam. They're not just advisors". He was correct. I remember the day he and "Tank" arrived at St. Mary's and they were welcomed members of our football team.. I will miss those meetings. He is also is my wife Margie's cousin.

- Larry Stelzer, Thursday April 5th, 2018

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