Stephen Curtis Hilligoss


ANDERSON [mdash] Stephen Curtis Hilligoss, 70, passed away in Anderson on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Steve was born Feb. 15, 1949, in Anderson, to Vearl Curtis Hilligoss, and Virginia "Ginger" Wheat. A lifelong resident of Anderson, he attended Anderson High School.
He was preceded in death by his father; daughter, Claire Ellis; and son, Christopher Ellis.
In 1967, Steve proudly began service with the U.S. Army and completed basic training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After advanced training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he began a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 196th Light Infantry. In January 1968, he stepped on a landmine near Da Nang and lost both feet.
After a year of recuperation at Valley Forge Army Hospital in Pennsylvania, he retired from the Army and returned to Anderson. He most loved his children, dogs, motorcycles, Corvettes and all his wives. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, 40/8 and a founding father of Vietnam Veterans of Madison County.
Survivors include his mother, Virginia "Ginger" Hilligoss; brother, David Hilligoss, Farmington, Michigan; daughters, Jennifer Hilligoss-Shaul (Steve), Trafalgar; Brandi Hilligoss-Garrett (Andrew), Middletown; son, Curtis Hilligoss, Union, Kentucky; eight grandchildren, Andrew Halila, Rachael Harless, Kasey Halila, Katelyn Hilligoss, Madelyn Hilligoss, Nathaniel Shaul, Zachary Shaul; Eli Hilligoss; and great-grandson, Noah DeFord.
A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Anderson Memorial Park with Pastor Ned Clark officiating. Military rites will be conducted.
A Celebration of Life will follow at Veterans of Madison County, 3607 E. 10th St., Anderson.
Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service handled the funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Disabled American Veterans or Ronald McDonald House.
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Published on July 21, 2019
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4 posts

Jul 21, 2019
I will take my Harley down the road and drink a beer for you. One hell of a brother. See you on the other side.
Tami White
Jul 21, 2019
RIP my old friend. Until we meet again🙏🏼
Martha Lou Laughlin
Jul 21, 2019
My dear Ginger, I'm so sorry for your loss My thoughts and prayers are with you & family, May Stephen Rest in Peace. Sincerely Martha Lou (Hockenberry)Laughlin
Ronald Wheat
Jul 21, 2019
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Stephen Curtis Hilligoss by Ronald Wheat.  Send flowers