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Earl Hielscher - December 13, 2010

Earl E. Hielscher was born Feb. 24, 1931 in Iliff to Richard E. and Wilma A. (Rose) Hielscher. He died at Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke Dec. 13, 2010 at the age of 79.

Earl graduated from Iliff High School and then attended Northeastern Junior College. On Aug. 28, 1954 he married Shirley D. (Gill) Hielscher in Westminster, and to this union six children were born: Richard, Dennis, Cynthia, Jimmy, Gordon and Victoria.

Earl farmed from 1953 until 1976 in the Iliff area, then moved to Holyoke in 1977 and farmed south of Holyoke until 1998. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant.

Even though farming and cattle were the love of his life, he loved time spent with his family – “especially” all of the grandchildren. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Wilma; brothers, Clayton and Richard Gordon “Dickie”; and grandson, Brett A. Hielscher.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Richard and wife Gail, and grandchildren, Scott Hielscher and Randi Dyer and husband Clint; son, Dennis and wife Deb, and grandchildren, Brian, Becky, Cheyenne, Katie, Logan, Jerrid, Sacara and Térica; daughter, Cindy Hielscher; son, Jim and wife Kim, and grandchildren, Sheila Packer and husband Chuck and their children Kade and Avyn, Weston Hielscher and wife Nikki and Holli Hielscher and fiancé Nate; son, Gordon and wife Misty, and grandsons, Remington, Dylan and Cooper; daughter, Victoria Sullivan and husband John; sister, Glorine LeBlanc; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The graveside service was held Dec. 17 at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling with Pastor Gordon Penfold officiating.

Baucke Funeral Home of Holyoke directed the services.