Obituary of Stephen Paul Hillary
As the youngest of seven, Stephen was loved by many, and that love continued throughout his life.
Stephen graduated from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School in 1972. He excelled at football and wrestling, becoming All City in Football and City Heavy Weight Champion in Wrestling. Stephen also was a lover of poetry and a great dancer.
After High School Stephen attended 2 years of college at Grand Rapids Junior College and then, a partial year at Northern Michigan University continuing his love of Football on a scholarship.
In 1974 Stephen moved to California. Once in California he worked as a Shipyard Welder, High-Rise Construction Worker, Stucco Mixer/Carrier, where he earned the nickname “Hercules” due to his strength and long hair.
Stephen met LeeAnn Timberman in California and had two children together, Daniel and Christopher. Married 1978-1983.
In 1994 Stephen settled into a career as a Custodian for the Cajon Valley Union School District where he retired after 27 years. During his time with the School District, Stephen was able to be a positive influence for hundreds of people.
On May 22, 2006, Stephen married the love of his life, Alvena Markussen, and continued a love that all could see as genuine and strong.
Stephen was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mary (Geddes); sister Teresa McDonald; brothers-in-law Frank McDonald and Chet Boh; nephews Michael Hillary, Shigeru Muraoka; niece Jessica Dykhouse; nephew-in-law Craig Dykhouse.
Stephen is survived and missed by his loving wife Alvena of 16 years; and his children, Daniel (Jennifer) Hillary and Christopher (Kandyce) Hillary. Forever cherished and remembered by his seven grandchildren, Elissa (Thomas) Zavala, William Hillary, Katilynn Hillary, Remington Hillary, Andrew Hillary, Elaine Hillary, Emily Hillary. Dearly loved by his siblings Thomas (Cecilia) Hillary, Chuck (Nadean) Hillary, Elaine Boh, Daniel (Sandra) Hillary, Roberta (Thomas) Couturier. Loved by his extended family, brother-in-law Einar Markussen, sister-in-law Gaile Markussen, nephews-in-law Dillon Brown, Jerry Hearts and Jerry Brown Jr, niece-in-law Sarah Hearts.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Stephen Hillary, please visit Tribute Store