Royal LeVern Hilliard, 72, died on Feb. 11. He was born in Deluth, Minn., to Vernon and Loretta Hilliard.
He served in the Navy in the South Pacific, and then worked as a dock foreman.
Royal’s wife Linda Jane Wright, preceded him in death, as did his son Kyle. He is survived by daughter Kari; son Kevin; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at the Independence Elks Lodge on Feb. 25 at noon. Farnstrom Mortuary handled arrangements. To leave an online tribute: FarnstromMortuary.com.