Paonia resident Kenneth Hilton died Monday, May 30, 2016, at Paonia Care Center. He was 91.
Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service with inurnment in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Crawford will be held at a later date.
Kenneth Arthur Hilton was born in Eureka, Calif., Feb. 22, 1925, to Ralph and Edith (Errington) Hilton. He spent his childhood in Arcata, Calif., and graduated from Arcata High School in 1943.
He married Marlys J. VanDenBerg on April 21, 1945, in San Francisco, Calif. They lived in Napa, Calif., before moving to Paonia where they lived for 30 years.
Mr. Hilton enjoyed reading, building, puzzles, learning and volunteering at Paonia Elementary School. He was of a non-denominational faith.
He is survived by his wife, Marlys; three daughters, Janet (Morrie) Rupp, Elaine (Richard) Davis and Jeanine (Joseph) Finnell; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be sent to HopeWest, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.