Funeral services for Warder “Dub” Hillhouse, 77, of Panora, formerly of Jefferson, will be held at 11 am Tuesday, May 29th, at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Monday, May 28th, followed by a public Elks Service at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson. Survivors include his wife, Glenda, a daughter, Ann Murray of Ames and a son, Mark of Greenwood, IN.
Warder C. “Dub” Hillhouse Jr., the son of Warder and Alice May (Jones) Hillhouse, was born October 26, 1940, in Elliott, Iowa, and departed this life May 15, 2018, in Ames, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family.
Since Dub and his father had the same name, his mother called him W.C. but a neighbor shortened it to Dub and it stuck. Dub graduated from Denison High School in 1958. Following his graduation, Dub worked in construction and engineering in Denison, Iowa. In 1964, he took a job at an engineering firm in Jefferson known as Culver Engineering. Dub learned surveying on the job and worked eight years before taking the land surveyor training test. That was followed by another four years of work and another test to become licensed. The first survey he worked on would become known as Lake Panorama. One of his bigger projects was Lake Panorama’s 1250-foot earthen dam. During the years, Dub spent much of his time working with the Lake Panorama project and surrounding properties. In 1983, Dub and two other employees formed MHF Engineering P.C. in Jefferson. He worked as a land surveyor for 48 years before retiring in 2016.
While working at Culver Engineering, an engineer that had also come from Denison, thought Dub needed a lady friend. So that engineer arranged with the office secretary to invite them both to dinner at her home. They were good matchmakers because on June 10, 1967, Warder C. Hillhouse was united in marriage to Glenda Rice at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Two children were born to this union, Ann and Mark. They made their home in Jefferson and raised their family there. They built a home on Lake Panorama in 2008, and made that their home after Dub’s retirement. Dub and Glenda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017.
Dub was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson for over 50 years. He was an active member of the Jefferson Elks Lodge where he was an officer for many years including serving as Exalted Ruler. Dub loved being outdoors. He was a member of numerous conservation organizations and clubs. He enjoyed playing golf, boating, walking and about anything that involved being outside. His real passions were family, fishing, and the many friends that he had.
Remembering Dub and celebrating his life are his wife, Glenda; a daughter, Ann Murray and her husband Dan of Ames and their children, Jeff, Laura and Katie; a son, Mark and his wife Jamie of Greenwood, Indiana, and their children, Hailey, Cole and Caleb; a sister, Wanda Helmkamp and her husband Don of Royal, Iowa; a brother Jim Hillhouse of Denison; and many other loving family members and friends. Those who preceded him in death were his parents and his brother Ed.
A visitation will be held at Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, May 28, 2018. A service conducted by officers of the Jefferson Elks Lodge will be held for the public immediately following.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson with Pastor Julie Poulsen officiating. Everyone is invited to a luncheon following this service in the Methodist Fellowship Hall.
The family suggests memorials in memory of Dub be sent to American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Panora or Jefferson libraries, or their choice of charity.