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September 20, 1941 - November 12, 2021

A visitation will be held at Joldersma and Klein Funeral Home in Kalamazoo on Sunday, November 14, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a Rosary being said at 6:30 PM. A funeral Mass will be said at the St. Mary Catholic Church, 939 Charlotte Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49048, on Monday, November 15, beginning at 11:00 AM. Burial will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, John suggested making a memorial donation to the Milwood Neighborhood Watch Assoc., PO Box 2354., Kalamazoo, MI 49003. His family also suggests the John Hilliard Endowment Fund.

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Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, John D. Hilliard died peacefully on November 12, 2021.  John was born in Washington, DC on September 20, 1941, the son of Francis and Marjorie Hilliard.  John grew up in Kalamazoo and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and Michigan State University. He received his degree from MSU in Marketing. He was drafted into the Army and received an honorable discharge in 1968. John spent the next 35 years away from Kalamazoo, in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri,  working in the health care services field and with non-profit organizations where he focused on community and professional involvement. He returned to Kalamazoo in 2002.  John most recently was Chair of the Kalamazoo County Older Adult Services Advisory Council and President of the Milwood Neighborhood Watch Association. John is survived by his son Ryan.