Joseph C. Hilfiker passed away on Jan. 31, 2021 at the age of 61, joining his sons Zac and Joey.
Mr. Hilfiker loved his lands where he watched the eagles fly, hunted deer and fished. His kind gentle spirit is carried on by his sons Chris and Andrew who consider him their best friend. He adored Tammy, his wife of 37 years. They had so many amazing breathtaking days. They taught others how to love, work, play hard, how to stand side by side, hand in hand, enjoy life and face the difficult days. Family, friends, friends of friends, and soon to be friends, found their home open and welcoming to all. It is a home of kindness without judgement, covered in love.
Mr. Hilfiker loved every minute of family life and was honored to have four generations in his home, he cherished his grandchildren Abi and Wyatt, he loved and compassionately cared for Anna McCord his mother-in-law and friend.
His home was also a sanctuary to a wide variety of animals. He raised fallow deer, white tail deer, elk, Angus cattle, goats, dogs and even one cat. His great passion for the outdoors and adventure left rich memories. The nieces and nephews, along with their friends, enjoyed 5 a.m. mornings on the lake fishing with Uncle Joe, afternoons riding four-wheelers with his smile and encouragement, and evenings camping with laughter. He was a natural teacher, coach and mentor.
Mr. Hilfiker taught both professionals and kids alike to value family, love to fish and dare to hunt. He found time to be a successful entrepreneur, coach of wrestling and football, and as the kids would say “a fixer.”
Survivors include his wife Tammy L. (McCord); sons, Christopher D. and Andrew J.; grandchildren, Abigail R. (Abi) and Wyatt A.; mother Lucretia Taylor; and mother-in-law, Ana McCord.
He was preceded in death by his sons Zachary A. and Joseph T. Hilfiker and by his father Jim Taylor.
A private celebration is schedule at his home – a place so perfect to him he once said he couldn’t imagine heaven being more beautiful.”
Memorial donations can be made to Sticks and Stones, a ministry committed to helping people. Find it at www.sticksandstonesministry.org.
Everyone is invited to sign the online guestbook, leave a condolence or share a memory at fisherfunerals.com.