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Ron was born August 27, 1940, in Vinton, Iowa, to Jim Hilton and Virginia Gray Hilton. He grew up in the Brandon area and lived in Van Horne after marrying Bonnie Baker Hilton on December 26, 1964. Their children are sons Ron Jr. (Jenny) and daughters Dawn (Neal), Rhonda (Jeff), Carla (Scott), Kim (Brett), and Sandy (Kevin). Son Donald preceded his father in death.

Ron owned and operated his millwright business “Hilton Construction”, and he worked at the Tama-Benton Co-op putting in their augers and spouting. He enjoyed working on stock cars at the Benton County Speedway. He was very skilled at making welding repairs and his services were really appreciated by the drivers.

Ron was a loving father to his 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and a friend to many.