Donald LeeRoy Hillman, 79, Sidney, MT
July 19, 2023 | View PDF
Donnie was born in Fairview, MT, to Chester and Donian (DeBarthe) Hillman on Nov. 10, 1943. He attended high school in Fairview where he played trombone in the band and was a 4-H member with cattle projects. He lived on the farm in Fairview until 1967 when Hay Creek Farms, Inc. relocated their headquarters to Sidney, MT. Donnie loved working with the registered Angus cattle the family raised on their ranch which started with the combination of his grandfather and grandmother’s homesteads west of Fairview in 1909. He continued working the ranch until 1996 when the family dispersed the herd after which he worked at a variety of jobs.
Donnie was always interested in people, and he loved laughter. He especially got a kick out of watching little kids give their mothers the run around. He was extremely generous with his resources however he could share them.
Donnie was a member of Community of Christ. His church was important to him, and he would attend church activities when and where it was possible for him to do so. In his later years as his health declined, he liked to listen to religious programs on TV.
He is survived by his siblings, Jeanne Rider, Independence, MO; Richard (Lois), Lee’s Summit, MO; Rita Jordison (Dennis), Fort Dodge, IA; Charles, Sidney, MT; Melody Kluth (Roy), Liberty, MO, and Lee Tulberg (Marvin), Spokane, WA. He is also survived by four nieces, five nephews, five great nieces & one great nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Donian; and his nephews, Brandon Kluth and Dyane Dennis Jordison.