Geoffrey M. Hilber 39, Hawley MN died Saturday August 2nd 2008 at home. Geoff was born March 29th 1969 in Elgin, Illinois to Sharon (Mittag) Schanilec and Gary Hilber.
After he graduated from high school he joined the Navy and served on the USS Constellation until being honorably discharged in 1993. Geoff was married to Deborah Buttler and together had two beautiful children, son Canon and daughter Logen, whom he loved dearly.
In his younger days Geoff loved to play football, basketball and run track. He grew up with a love for fishing, swimming & waterskiing in the lakes of Minnesota which he enjoyed doing until the time of his death. He was also an avid reader with an extensive collection of books.
Being outdoors whether at the lake or at his mother?s farm exploring the property, Geoff?s love of God?s nature brought him peace. Often you could find him discovering old cast offs, interesting rocks and other treasures. Geoff?s spirituality ran deep and wide and was with him at all times.
His mischievous smile, sense of humor and all the wonderful stories he would tell will be greatly missed. His spirit will live on through his children and those who loved him.
Geoff was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Monroe Mittag; paternal grandparents, Robert and Kathleen Hilber and half brother, Justin Hilber.
He is survived by his two children, Canon and Logen, (Fargo) parents, Sharon (Maynard) Schanilec, (Hawley) Gary (Robin) Hilber, (Columbus Ind.); siblings, Stephanie (Patrick) Kautzman,(Fargo) Jennifer (Brett) Johnson, (Grand Forks); step sister Erin May, step brother Jordan Hilber, and half brother Jonathan Hilber all from Columbus Ind. Geoff is also survived by his beloved maternal grandmother, Kitty (Mamie Mittag Smith) and her husband, Andrew (Fargo) and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to The Geoff Hilber Memorial Fund established for his children at Starion Financial, 4610 Amber Valley Parkway, Suite B, Fargo, ND 58104.
Visitation: Thursday, August 7 from 5-7 pm at Boulger Funeral Home,
Fargo and one hour prior to Mass at the church on Friday.
Prayer Service: Thursday at 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Funeral Mass: Friday, August 8 at 10:00 am at Church of the Nativity,
Interment: Moorhead Memorial Gardens, Moorhead, MN.
Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.