63, 849 N. Broad St., Galesburg, died at 11:42 AM Thursday, December 18, 2003 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital’s Emergency Room.
He was born July 15, 1940 in Galesburg, the son of Leo E. and Margaret May McGraw Hilligoss. He married Eloise Ann Daniels on April 8, 1960 in Galesburg. She survives.
Also surviving are 2 sons, James Lee Hilligoss and Richard Lee Hilligoss, Jr., both of Galesburg, 2 daughters, Deborah Lynn Hilligoss and Catherine Sue Hilligoss, both of Galesburg, a sister, Irma Irene (and Les) Matthews, Kingwood, TX, a step brother, David Harris, Makanda, IL, and a step sister, Kathy Jessop in Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a conductor for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 43 years. He retired in July of 2002. He was a member of the United Transportation Union.
Cremation will be accorded. Graveside committal of ashes will be 10 AM Wednesday in Warren County Hope Cemetery, near Alexis, IL. The Rev. Kevin Treptow will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials can be made to the Make A Wish Foundation or the Knox County Humane Society. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements.