Max L. Hilligoss

Max L. Hilligoss, 102, of South Whitley, IN and having ties to Huntington County, IN, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Heritage of Huntington.

Mr. Hillligoss graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1935. He and his wife moved to Washington Township in Whitley County before moving to his most recent home on the family farm in 1970.

He had been a farmer all his life, starting at the age of 13. In 2015 the Hilligoss farm was awarded a Hoosier Homestead Farm certification, being owned by the same family for 100 years. He was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church and coached the church's league softball team in the 1950s.

He was born June 12, 1917, in Huntington County to Arthur G. and Dorothy M. Marshall Hilligoss. He married Dolores C. Nix on Feb. 26, 1938, and she preceded him in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn (Stanley) Fisher, of Pleasant Lake, and Nancy (Steve) Josephson, of Los Angeles, CA; a son, John (Deb Gerig) Hilligoss, of South Whitley; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra “Sue” Bryan, and a great-grandson.

Calling is Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, with a Rosary prayer beginning at 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, 9989S-Ind. 9, Columbia City, with calling one hour prior.
Rev. Dale Bauman will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Catherine's Nix Settlement Cemetery.
Memorials are to Masses or St. Catherine's Catholic Church Preservation Fund.

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