DOB: APRIL 18,1908
Chicago Heights, IL USA

DOD:  AUGUST 3, 1986, St. James Hospital Medical Center, Chicago Heights, IL USA

Son of William F. and Jane (Dennison) Hildeman

Brother to: Edward Thomas and Gene Frederick Hildeman


Ferne with her father on her wedding day.resizedFerne & Robert Hildeman Wedding DayHusband of Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman,
married June 18, 1938, First Presbyterian Church, Chicago Heights, IL USA

Father to: Robert E. (Linda Lyon) and  Mary (Louis Bryant) Hildeman

Grandfather to: Dana Hildeman


Memorial rites for Hildeman set tomorrow

A World War II veteran, William R. Hildeman of Scottsdale, Arizona, died Sunday at St. James Hospital Medical Center.






1943 Through  1945 US Navy – Seabees – LT. Commander, UNIT CBMU 515

The Rev. Gordon Reif, pastor will conduct 1:30 p.m. memorial services tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church in Chicago Heights. Burial will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Mr. Hildeman was born April 18, 1906 in Chicago Heights and lived in the south suburbs until 1981. He was graduated in 1925 from Bloom High School and in 1930 from the University of Illinois, Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. ADVERTISEMENT

He was former owner of Hildeman Plumbing and Heating Company, Chicago Heights, which he took over after his father, William F. Hildeman, passed away.



He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Medina Temple.


He is survived by his wife, Ferne; one daughter, Mary Bryant of Poughkeepsie, NY, one son, Robert E. Hildeman of Boise, Idaho; one brother, Gene of Chicago Heights and one granddaughter.



William’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Wife: Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman
Father & Mother-in-law: Henry F. Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
Sister-in-law & Husband: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert and Dr. Henry H. Wegert
Sister-in-law & Husband: Lora (Bahlman) Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Brother-in-law & Wife: Henry W. Bahlman, DDS & Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman
Sister-in-law: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Brother-in-law: Donarld W. Bahlman
Aunt of Wife: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt of Wife: John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlmann
Uncle of Wife: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt of Wife: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia “Minnie” (Schweer) Bahlman
Cousin of Wife: Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller & Herbert Saller
1st Cousin 1x removed of Wife: Baby Son Saller
1st Cousins 1x removed of Wife: Charlene M. (Saller) Graham & Arthur Graham
1st Cousins 2x removed of wife: Nancy (Graham) Fenske

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,


Donald W. Bahlman

Age: 55 years, 8 months, 27 days


DOB: March 24, 1906
Beecher, Will County, IL,  USA

DOD: December 21, 1961
Virginia Beach, VA,  USA


Bahlmann Family Coat of Arms

Son of Henry F. and Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman

Husband of Martha Jo Mitchell Bahlman, married March 17, 1945 in Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA.

Father to:
Carol L. Bahlman (John Evans), Donna R. Bahlman (Dr. Joseph Killen), Donald W. Bahlman, Jr.

UOI-Urbana Theta XI - Donald WGraduated from the  University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. A member of THETA XI Fraternity.

Worked as a Junior Accountant at a Chevrolet assembly plant in St. Louis, Missouri after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1930.

Automobile salesman of Oldsmobiles and Cadillacs while waiting to be commissioned in the Navy at the start of WWII.



Served in World War II as Inspector at the U.S. Norfolk Naval Ship Yard – Retired Lieutenant Commander



DECEMBER 22, 1961


VIRGINIA BEACH – Donald William Bahlman, 55, husband of Martha Jo Mitchell Bahlman of 200 75th Street, died in a Virginia Beach hospital Thursday at 11:50 a.m. after a long illness. A native of Beecher, Illinois, he was a son of the late Henry F. Bahlman and Mrs. Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman. He lived in Virginia Beach seven years. He was a sales engineer with American District Telegraph Corp.

Besides his widow, surviving are two daughters, Miss Carol Lynne Bahlman and Miss Donna Reid Bahlman of Virginia Beach: two sisters, Mrs. Lora Hinze and Mrs. Ferne Hildeman of Chicago Heights; and a brother, Dr. H.W. Bahlman of Chicago Heights.

The body was sent from Maestas Funeral Home to Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where a private funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 4 p.m. Entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Editor’s note: Mr. and Mrs. Bahlman were expecting their third child. Donald W. Bahlman Jr. was born four months after his father’s death)

Donald’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Father: Henry F. Bahlman
Mother: Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lillian Bahlman Wegert & Henry H. Wegert
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lora Bahlman Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Brother & Sister-in-law: Henry W. Bahlman & Marguerite Toleson Bahlman
Sister: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Ferne Bahlman Hildeman & William R. Hildeman
Aunt: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt: John H.Bahlmann & Anna L. Wehrmann Bahlmann
Uncle: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt: Charles H. Bahlman & Minnie M. Schweer Bahlman
Cousins: Dorothy Bahlman Saller & Herbert C. Saller
Cousins: Charlene M. Saller Graham & Arthur Graham
Cousin: Baby Son Saller
Cousin: Nancy Graham Fenske

(Note: Some family members maintained the original spelling of Bahlmann while others omitted the last “n”)