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Craig A. Hillyer, 78, passed away on June 15, 2016, in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born in Hendricks, Minnesota on December 13, 1937. He grew up in Brookings, South Dakota, and was a graduate of Brookings High School, class of 1955. He attended The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and was a member of the 1959 graduating class. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he went on to graduate school at the University of Arizona and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree in 1964.

Throughout his life, Craig was a businessman. He was an officer in Brookings International Insurance Company, and worked as a CEO for several savings and loans, as well as serving as an insurance adjuster for the State of Illinois. He also spent several years working outdoors on ranchland he owned in his home state of South Dakota.

Craig was a member of the Roman Catholic Church and served in the Knights of Columbus. He was also dedicated to serving others through active membership in Kiwanis Club, and was a member of the American Legion and VFW.

Of his many life-long interests, Craig mostly enjoyed playing bridge, hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling, and smoking cigars. As an American Contract Bridge player, he achieved Life Master status and played bridge several times each week and participated in tournaments. In his retirement, Craig had the opportunity to pursue his interests, visit with family and friends, and take the family dogs to sit by the river on daily outings.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara, and their children, Mark and Audrey. He is also survived by his mother, Beatrice R. Hillyer, of Brookings, SD, his sister, Jane Hillyer of Anchorage, AK, and his nephew, Tenzin Hillyer, also of Anchorage. He is also survived by many dear cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford R. Hillyer.

The funeral mass will be held on July 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings, SD, followed by internment in St. Thomas More Catholic Cemetery, Brookings, SD. Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund in Shelbyville, IL. Condolences may be made online through www.rudesfuneralhome.com or cards may be sent to residence at 8031 Crestwood Court, Evansville, IN 47715.

In the words of his favorite author, Mark Twain, "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."

May God rest his soul and grant him eternal peace.
Published on July 4, 2016
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