Hilmar J. Denu, 91, Dubois

Hilmar J. Denu, 91, of Dubois, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Walnut Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit in Evansville. He was born in Dubois on September 20, 1927 to Anthony Sr. and Cecelia (Hentrup) Denu. He married his wife of 67 years, Rosemary “Rosie” Pieper on September 1, 1951 in St. Celestine Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on December 15, 2018.

He was a 1945 graduate of Dubois High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during WWII, and a member of the VFW Post #673 and the American Legion Post#147. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Raphael Campus, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, Dubois Jaycees and the Dubois Community Club. He was a member of the Young Democrats, served as a County Commissioner from 1960-1975 and a Precinct #1 Committeeman for 21 years for Columbia Township. He worked for Wabash Valley Produce as a Poultry Service Manager and retired after 49 years of service.

Surviving are five children, Sharon Pizzato and husband, Allan, of Birmingham, AL; twins Diane Knies and husband, Bernie, of Celestine and Daniel Denu and wife, Cheryl, of Jasper; Alice Schitter and husband, Rick, of Ireland; and Nancy Mendel and husband, Patrick, of Ireland; 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his family. Preceding him in death was his wife; one brother, Anthony Denu Jr.; three half-sisters, Matilda (Denu) Sullivan; Evelyn (Denu) Bauer; and Leona (Terwiske) Howell; and seven half-brothers, Leo J, Albert, Emil and Gilbert Denu; and Odillo, Ralph and Joe Terwiske.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. The St. Isidore Parish will pray the rosary at 10:45 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The VFW Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish, the Dubois County Museum, Dubois Ruritan Club Community Center Endowment, or a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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