James Hilgers, 74

James Hilgers, 74

James L. Champ Hilgers, age 74, of Waconia, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church (41 East First Street), Waconia with Father Bennet Tran as Celebrant of the Mass; visitation two hours prior to the Mass at the church; interment St. Bernards Catholic Cemetery, Cologne.
Jim was born on July 31, 1939 in Young America Twp., the son of Raymond and Cecelia (Wagener) Hilgers. He was baptized at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Waconia and confirmed at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Cologne.
During his high school days, Champ was on the wrestling team which won the Minnesota Valley Conference for 1958. His father would take him to Vern Gagne wrestling matches when he was growing up. Jim coached the American Legion baseball team in Waconia for many years. He proudly served his country in the Army. Champ was a member of the Waconia Legion Post 150 and was chaplain for a number of years. Jim was an avid bowler competing in many different leagues throughout his life. Champ enjoyed traveling throughout the country. Jim was an avid sports fan.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Cecelia Hilgers; brother Donald Hilgers; Matt Hoen; brothers-in-law Marlo Horn, Mark Grimm.
Jim is survived by his loving family: sisters and brothers-in-law Barbara Reimers of Eveleth, Eileen Horn of Gonvick, Mary and Earl Rademacher of Cologne, Pauline and Tom Duffy of Brooklyn Park, Donna Grimm of Norwood Young America; Nieces and nephews David Reimers, Wayne Reimers, Troy Horn, Lynn and Scott Lewis, Brian and Erin Rademacher, Craig and Sukie Rademacher, Nathan and Stacie Rademacher, Michele and Jamie Arth, Kari Davis, Jackie and Brandon Lind, Jamie and Brady Hagert, Corey Grimm; many great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends
Casket Bearers are Jims Nieces and Nephews.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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