- August 17, 1931 - September 28, 2013
- McPherson, Kansas
of Hugh's Passing
- Memorial donations may be given to:
Monitor Church of the Brethren, American Lung Association, or Heifer International
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“First id like to say im sorry for the loss of Mr Hugh Billhimer to his family.From the letter i received from Hugh in nov of yr 2000 he came across...Read More »
1 of 42 | Posted by: wayne heglar - rixeyville, VA
“Many blessings to you, Leslie, and family and loved ones, as you mourn his loss, and celebrate his life, and new home.
2 of 42 | Posted by: Linda K. Williams - San Diego
“I was very sad to hear of Uncle Hugh's passing, and though it has been years since we have seen each other, one of my earliest memories still...Read More »
3 of 42 | Posted by: Crystal Cook - Union Grove, NC
“Hugh has obviously left a legacy of love, friendship, and service that will unfold in many years to come through the lives he touched. God comfort...Read More »
4 of 42 | Posted by: Julie McBride - Billings, MT
“the playing with Bob Sifirt at the various homes work - Dad loved that. And don't get me started on the Guitar's, etc. Leading people in song was a...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: Helen Billhimer - Mound House, NV
“they feel on a hill. Dad would have loved that. We know he showed up because of the number of lists that we've been finding and how he would say, ...Read More »
6 of 42 | Posted by: Helen Billhimer - Mound House, NV
“I was inspired to share what I read at Dad's service on October 4, 2013. I think it will take a few pages like it did for Amy.I'm Helen Billhimer,...Read More »
7 of 42 | Posted by: Helen Billhimer - Mound House, NV
“Our sympathy and prayers go out to you in this time of loss, reflection and celebration of Hugh's life.We have many good memories of him and your...Read More »
8 of 42 | Posted by: Harris Family - VA
“(continued) Finally after one of us had broken our mint we asked mom about her mint. When she showed us her mint and it was barely the width of...Read More »
9 of 42 | Posted by: Amy Billhimer Haddock - Maryville, MO
“...Finally after one of us had broken our mint we asked mom about her mint. When she showed us her mint and it was barely the width of fishing line...Read More »
10 of 42 | Posted by: Amy Haddock - Maryville, MO
“My first vivid memory of my Dad is of him teaching me to tie my shoes when I was 4 years old. My mom was away somewhere and we were going to surprise...Read More »
11 of 42 | Posted by: Amy Haddock - Maryville, MO
“Our sympathy and prayers are with you all. Hugh's joyful spirit was always a blessing to me, which I will never forget. Whenever we got together,...Read More »
12 of 42 | Posted by: David & Charlotte Kinister
“There is no one memory to share. I can hear Hugh's voice and his Laugh even now.
When I thought about it, I can honestly say I can't remember when...Read More »
13 of 42 | Posted by: Beth (Schultz) Allen - Torrance, CA
“As a good friend of Helen's in her Norfolk, VA days, I was able to see Hugh and Kay on a number of occasions and learned where Helen got all her fun...Read More »
14 of 42 | Posted by: Jeff Sinn - Charlotte, NC
“As a former principal of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center, and friend of Hugh Billhimer, I know he will be greatly missed by...Read More »
15 of 42 | Posted by: Dick Comey - Charlottesville, VA
“I am so sorry to hear of Hugh's passing. I so enjoyed having him in my Tai Chi class. My sincere condolences to all of you.
16 of 42 | Posted by: Maxine Wallis - McPherson, KS
“To the Family of Hugh: My husband, Rick and I extend our deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. Even though I didn't know him personally, I...Read More »
17 of 42 | Posted by: Vivian G. Ginder - Massanutten, VA
“I have fond memories of sharing the Holidays with Hugh and Kay here in San Francisco.
Hugh's warm heart, big smile and easy nature made people feel...Read More »
18 of 42 | Posted by: Mike Peterson
“I loved getting emails from Hugh. He was one of the most entertaining, engaging, funny, sweet, happy, positive people I've ever been blessed to meet....Read More »
19 of 42 | Posted by: Frances Peterson - San Francisco, CA
“It was certainly a privilege to have spent time with Hugh in Virginia as he and Kay visited Helen in Norfolk over many years. His open and engaging...Read More »
20 of 42 | Posted by: The Bonheurs
“I had the blessing of spending most of last summer with Kay and Hugh as an intern working with their daughter, Leslie. I have many good memories of...Read More »
21 of 42 | Posted by: Dylan Dell-Haro - Topeka, KS
“I was saddened to learn of Hugh's death. I always enjoyed hearing him sing and play with the group from church. He will be missed by many! I am...Read More »
22 of 42 | Posted by: Elaine Fleenor
“I remember smiling friendly greetings, hugs, laughing, cheering, running, finish lines, fresh cut grass, ball field dirt, pop flies, and hard metal...Read More »
23 of 42 | Posted by: Lori Worthington - Maryville, MO
“I am so very sorry to hear of Hugh's passing. I worked with him at PVCC for several years. He was a wonderful teacher that was so enthusiastic about...Read More »
24 of 42 | Posted by: Mark Fitzgerald
“Although I have never met Helen's family, listening to all of the wonderful stories and memories she shares with us makes me feel as though I have...Read More »
25 of 42 | Posted by: Lucy Kinder - Carson City, NV
“I never met Hugh, but I know his daughter Helen. She has told me many stories of her dad. He was an amazing man. I wish I could have met him. He...Read More »
26 of 42 | Posted by: Kim Whisler - Carson City, NV
“I have a memory of your dad that comes to mind every thanksgiving. Your folks had come to celebrate with you and your dad was a little under the...Read More »
27 of 42 | Posted by: Julie McBride - Maryville, MO
“I'm so sorry to hear about Hugh. I was only involved with the family for a year, in 1992, when they took in a YFU exchange student on a moment's...Read More »
28 of 42 | Posted by: Susan Berres
“I spent many happy evenings in the Billhimer kitchen as a high school and college student. Mr. Billhimer would make a big batch of cheese popcorn...Read More »
29 of 42 | Posted by: Elizabeth Stapleton - Lexington, KY
“I'm saddened to hear of Uncle Hugh's passing. Many years have passed since I last saw Aunt Kay and Uncle Hugh at Nana's (Edith's) home. I have fond...Read More »
30 of 42 | Posted by: Wendolyn Forbes - Asheville, NC
“We would like to share a few memories of Hugh.Dad would take us to Broadway and we would go to the TV shop to see Hugh and Lee working on the TV's...Read More »
31 of 42 | Posted by: Susan & Michael Phillips - VA
“My sincere condolences to your family.
Mr. B as we called him at the Charlottesville Albemarle Tech Center was not only our teacher, (1978/79) but...Read More »
32 of 42 | Posted by: Danny Morris - Free Union, VA
“Dear Kay, Leslie and family: We were saddened to hear of Hugh's recent passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Leah remembers how...Read More »
33 of 42 | Posted by: Leah Harness - Lynchburg, VA
“Dear Aunt Kay and Cousins,
We are saddened to hear of Uncle Hugh's passing.
May you all be surrounded by the love of God and comforted by the love...Read More »
34 of 42 | Posted by: Connie L. Bloss - Charleston, WV
“To the Billhimer family:
We are so sorry for your loss. Hugh was such a wonderful hard working band parent and band booster president. We...Read More »
35 of 42 | Posted by: Vince and Nancy Tornello - VA
“So sorry to hear of Uncle Hugh's passing. I have very fond memories of visiting with Uncle Hugh and Aunt Kay and cousins Leslie, Helen, and Amy. ...Read More »
36 of 42 | Posted by: Jim Billhimer - Midland, GA
“As a former student of Mr. Billhimer's in 1974 and 1975 he was one of my teachers that I have some of the fondest memories of. He had a way about him...Read More »
37 of 42 | Posted by: Lewis Norris - Barboursville, VA
“Remembering times at Cedar Run Church with our Youth Group and also school.
38 of 42 | Posted by: Anna Kline Showalter - Broadway, VA
“So sorry to hear of Hugh's passing. Keeping the family in thoughts and prayers.
39 of 42 | Posted by: Sandy (Kline) Whetzel - Broadway, VA
“Our deepest sympathy to the family.
40 of 42 | Posted by: Alice (Kline) and Dan Pickett - VA
“We are deeply saddened by Hugh's passing and offer out deepest sympathy.
41 of 42 | Posted by: Dan and Betty Cook - Hurricane, WV
“We are so sorry to hear about Hugh. He will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayes.
42 of 42 | Posted by: Dale and Darlene Billhimer - VA
Hugh Nelson Billhimer was born on August 17, 1931 and raised on Massanutten Mountain above the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The youngest of ten sons and four daughters born to William Henry and Willie Josephine (Walton) Billhimer, his sister Sis wished so much for a little sister that when he was a baby she dressed him in dresses.
As Hugh grew he was well cared for by his many older siblings and by his mom who often introduced him as 'the baby' even when he was an adult. As a child Hugh walked to school barefoot, didn't have inside plumbing and when he got in trouble at school not only got punished by the teacher but knew when he got home he'd also have to pick a switch from the switchbush. Christmas was a special time for Hugh starting when he was young and his only gift might be an orange. Hugh often said that they didn't have much but they never went hungry because they had their garden and reserves for the winter.
Hugh attended church and participated in Vacation Bible School as a child. He loved to be with his friends and play games and climb things and take chances jumping from dangerous heights. He also loved baseball and as a young person dreamed of one day being a professional baseball player. Hugh's love for sports grew to not only include baseball but track. As he entered High School he expanded his interests to acting in school plays and being an active part of the Cedar Run Church of Brethren Youth Group where he first learned to sing tenor. Hugh also served as treasurer for his senior class at Broadway High School. Starting around 9th grade Hugh began his first job when the Spitzers invited him to live and work with them on their farm. Mrs. Spitzer was a great cook and served generous portions. Hugh particularly loved her pies. This was a very special part of Hugh's life and why he would often say, "I'm just a simple farm boy."
In 1951 Hugh and his brother Ray enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where Hugh served as an Electrician's Mate Petty Officer Second Class on aircraft carriers during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge in 1955, his brother George encouraged him to attend Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. One night in 1956 Hugh went to a dance at the YMCA and asked an attractive young woman to join him on the floor; they danced together the rest of the evening. On November 29, 1957 the two were married in Kay Brunell's home town in New York state.
As a young couple Hugh and Kay moved to Harrisonburg, VA where they had their first daughter Leslie Ann in 1960. That same year they moved to Broadway, VA where Hugh opened Hugh's TV and Radio Service and in 1962 Helen Louise was born. Hugh and Kay moved to Buffalo, NY in 1965 where he and their oldest daughter started school the same year, one in college and the other in kindergarten. In 1968 Hugh graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College and later that same year Kay gave birth to their third daughter Amy Lynn.
Hugh then taught Industrial Arts in West Seneca, NY and electronics in Waynesburg, PA until 1973 when he was hired as an electronics instructor at the new Charlottesville/Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) in Virginia, where he taught juniors and seniors from local high schools. Hugh loved working at CATEC and was a very important part of the faculty. He and his good friend and fellow teacher Jess Mills had a way of making work fun and everyone there enjoyed their positive spirit. Hugh's students, who often called him Mr. B, described him as an enthusiastic and kind man who had a very positive influence in their lives. After raising three girls, Hugh was glad to host foreign exchange students, and had been especially happy that Tri-Cuong Vu has remained part of the family. Hugh retired from teaching in 1996 and he and Kay spent a year serving in Brethren Volunteer Service where he learned to play the guitar at Gould Farm (MA).
n 1997, Hugh and Kay moved to McPherson, Kansas and soon joined the Monitor Church of the Brethren where Hugh served as a deacon, sang in the choir, participated in Vacation Bible School, and taught Sunday school. He was one of the founders of Guitar's Etc., and loved organizing groups to play at local nursing homes. He was also active in the Optimist Club, performed in plays, and participated in various exercise groups. No matter what Hugh did, he enthusiastically encouraged everyone – no matter how old or young - to join in.
Hugh was comfortable in the kitchen and loved to make things like pie and then share them with others. He was the chef and clean-up crew of the family's Sunday Night Cheese Popcorn tradition and had perfected the timing and the ratio of cheese to popcorn. He also invented drinks made of things like iced tea, lemonade and Tang to go with the popcorn. Hugh liked to keep things such as lists of songs, photos, and ticket stubs to help him remember the events of his life and even referred to himself as a pack rat.
Hugh was a loving husband, brother, father, father-in-law, uncle and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Kay; three daughters, Leslie Frye (Jonathan) of McPherson, KS, Helen Billhimer (Hugh Peterson) of Carson City, NV, and Amy Haddock (Greg) of Maryville, MO; three brothers, George Billhimer (Wilda) of Elkton, VA, Roy Billhimer (Charlotte) of Broadway, VA and Ray Billhimer (Phyllis) of Broadway, VA; a sister, Sis Hartless of Lexington, VA; four grandchildren, Jamie Frye Makatche (John), Cindy Haddock, Tyler Nelson Haddock, and Jake Frye; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.
The memorial service will be at 2:00 PM Friday, October 4, 2013, at Monitor Church of the Brethren,continued...