Arnold Francis Hillesheim was born February 6, 1927 to Christopher and Amelia (Evan) Hillesheim in Springfield, MN. He attended St. Raphael's Catholic School and the attended and graduated from Springfield Public Schools. In his senior year, Arnie enlisted in the navy and was stationed in the United States. On June 2, 1948, he was united in marriage to Marie Riederer at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth. He worked for Steinke-Seidl Lumberyard as the manager and after his retirement he drove for Brown County Heartland Express for 9 years. Arnie enjoyed having coffee with the boys, reading, gardening, sudoku puzzles, and golf. He served on the Springfield Fire Department for 31 years acting as chief for 17 of those years and also served on the ambulance for 22 years. Arnie was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church and a 70 years member of the Springfield American Legion.
Arnold died on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield at the age of 90 years.
He is survived by his children - Mary Kay Kieper of Springfield and Mark Hillesheim and husband Kevin Wasilewski of Minneapolis; 8 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; sister Mary Jane Lake of New York; sister-in-law Arlene Kral of New Ulm and his dog Lilly. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marie; son Michael (Nitsa) Hillesheim; and brothers - Christopher (Ruth Reeder) Hillesheim and Cletus Hillesheim; and a brother-in-law - Jerry Lake.