Tuesday morning at twelve thirty Floyd H. Hillman fell a victim to the flu after but a few days illness.
Mr. Hillman became ill near the middle of last week and almost immediately after being seized by the epidemic pneumonia developed. He made a hard fight for life but was unable to overcome the ravages of pneumonia. And not alone pneumonia, but for the past few years he has suffered from a very aggravating heart trouble and this too, contributed to his death.
Floyd Hillman came to Protection five or six years ago as agent for the Santa Fe railroad. From the first day he landed he became a useful citizen. He was a hustler and a man who took a great civic pride in the town and its affairs. He was ever found competent and worthy every trust reposed in him.
After serving as agent for the Santa Fe company for several years he resigned his position with them three years ago to accept the assistant cashier of the Protection State Bank, which position he has filled with great acceptability ever since.
He was a young man, just entering on the prime of life with the prospects and hopes of the fruits of future years just opening before him. Since leaving the employ of the railroad and in his association with the public in his bank activities, Floyd Hillman had become one of the most astute and leading young business men of this section.
In the years that Floyd Hillman resided in Protection he made hosts of friends and in his death his family loses a loving and tender father, one who took much pride in and received immeasurable joy from his home life, his friends lose one who doubly rejoice with them in their good fortunes and with them doubly wept at their misfortunes and sorrows; the community loses a most valued citizen and one who could be not easily spared.
The funeral was conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock by Ray Shield, his former pastor and warm personal friend. On Thursday morning the body, accompanied by his step-father, J. C. Kevan of Augusta, Kansas, was taken to Canova, South Dakota, his boyhood home for interment.
The family and relatives of the deceased have the warmest sympathy of the entire community in their loss.
Floyd Henry Hillman was born at Canova, Riner county, South Dakota, July 22, 1886, and died December 10, 1918, at his home in Protection. He united in marriage to Miss Lucretia Mahaffey in Wichita, Kansas, February 7, 1907. To this union were born two sons, Hjalmar and Henry, both of whom, with the mother, survive. Beside these he leaves a stepfather, one brother, Ray Hillman of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as hosts of relatives and friends who mourn his departure. He was converted in early childhood and united with the Congregational church and some years after joined with the Methodist church to which he remained a true and faithful member to the day of his death.
Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding
O'er the spoils that death has won.
We would at this solemn meeting
Calmly say, "Thy will be done."
By Thy hand the boon was given,
Thou hast taken but Thine own:
Lord of earth and God of heaven,
Evermore "Thy will be done."
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