Warder “Dub” Hillhouse

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.

5 thoughts on “Warder “Dub” Hillhouse

  1. Terry Whiteley Murphy

    So sorry to hear about Dub. Remember fun times in the neighborhood growing up. He will be missed greatly! Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  2. Wanda Hade

    I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time and hope you find comfort in your memories of happier times. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Peace be with you,
    Wanda Hade

  3. Judith Sankot

    Glenda, We are so sorry to hear of Dub’s passing. Sending prayers to you and your family for the strength and courage to face the coming days. God will provide. Jim and Judy

  4. Joanne Dunkerson

    Glenda, I heard of Dub’s death over the radio news. We all enjoyed you and your husband coming to the Par 3 pot-lucks on Sunday afternoons. I am thinking of you – - God be with you!

  5. Lois J (Wills) Miller

    Glenda, hugs. I am sorry to hear that Dub has passed. I know you had such fun with him. Please, contact me so we can keep in touch. Take care
    I know you will be comforted by all of the prayers and wishes of your family and church friends (and classmates). Take care. I am here for you.

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