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Carold Hilgren, 89

Carold Louis Hilgren, 89, a lifelong resident of Parkers Prairie, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at St. William's Living Center.

Carold was born July 11, 1924 to Hjalmer and Gertie (Nelson) Hilgren at home in Eastern Township. He was baptized and confirmed at Esther Lutheran Church.

His first eight years of education were at Joy School in Eastern Township. He graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1943. Following his education, he worked on the farm with his dad and helped many neighbors.

Carold was united in marriage to Lucille Simonson on November 26, 1947. Following their marriage they farmed until 1952, when they moved into Parkers Prairie. To this union, two sons were born, Steven and Thomas.

Carold and his brother, Larro entered a joint business, owning and operating Northwood Specialty Company. In the 1970s, Carold sold the business and purchased the Ford Garage. He was a bus driver for 27 years, delivered fuel for Penrose Oil and enjoyed carpentry.

Carold was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Parkers Prairie Fire Department until retirement and the Lion's Club for almost 30 years. He served on the church board, school board, also as chairman, city council and one term as mayor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dennis Hilgren and Jerry Hilgren; and an infant son.

Carold is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lucille; sons, Steven Hilgren of Parkers Prairie and Tom (Robyn Loewen) Hilgren of Chatfield; grandchildren, Erik Hilgren of Minneapolis and Bailey Hilgren of St. Peter; brother, Larro (Darlene) Hilgren of Alexandria; sister, Janice (John) Tennyson of St. Cloud; sister-in-law, Mary Hilgren of White Bear Lake; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 14 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with the Rev. Jonathan Sorum officiating. Music was provided by organist, Julie Lindgren. Burial was at Elmo Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Lind Family Funeral and Cremation Service in Parkers Prairie;