Robert “Bob” “Spud” Bruce Hillman

September 08, 1947 ‒ October 17, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Robert “Bob” “Spud” B. Hillman, 73, of Delaware, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at his residence, with his wife by his side.

Bob was born on September 8, 1947 in Pittsburgh, son of the late William Elliot and Irma Jean (Phillips) Hillman.  At an early age, Bob moved with his family, due to his father’s work, first to Richmond, VA and then to Columbus, where he grew up and was a graduate of the former Brookhaven High School.  While living in Richmond, he played and had been Captain of the Optimist Football Club.  Bob accelerated in sports in school and had participated in football, wrestling, track and baseball.  Following his graduation, he was drafted and entered the U.S. Army, where he served during the Vietnam Era, and during his service time, he attended Signal School and worked on the Communication Lines.  On May 14, 1982, Bob married the love of his life, Kareen Szabo, and together they raised four children.  Bob and Kareen lived in Westerville and then moved to Delaware in 1995.  Bob worked for 36 years at the former Chemlawn Co., now known as TruGreen Co., retiring in 2009.  Bob was a big Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State fan and also enjoyed watching the OSU Football.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and over the years, Bob enjoyed riding his Harley, taking cruises, riding horses out West and sporting clay shooting.

Surviving is his wife of 38 years, Kareen M. (Szabo) Hillman; four children, Tami (Lance) Hart of Marysville, Scott (Kathy) Hillman of Mt. Gilead, Aaron (Valerie) Hillman of Westerville and Corrie (Mike) Nowak of Lewis Center; eight grandchildren, Randi, Jeremy, Ciera, Kala, Jenna, Drew, Cameron and Madison; five great grandchildren, Brynnlee, Bella, Nico, Luka, Brooklynn, plus a baby boy Hillman, due in December; three sisters, Sheri Payne of St. Petersburg, FL, Pam (Jim) Murphy of Westerville and Debbie Gordon of Delaware; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents that have preceded him in death was his brother, William “Bunky” Hillman.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 3:00 p.m., at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, with his longtime friend, Jimmy Anderson of South Carolina, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Marlborough Cemetery, Troy Township, with graveside military rites.  Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, the family is asking that everyone wear a mask and social distancing be observed.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is honored to serve the family of Bob Hillman.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project, 600 River Avenue, Suite 400, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or to the Columbus Zoo, 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, OH 43065.

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  • May Eternal Light shine upon him and may Bob find comfort and peace in God’s arms. Prayers for Bob and Karen and the whole family during this difficult time.
    Patricia and Andrew Youngross

  • Dear Kareen,
    We offer you our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. We hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. Our condolences to you and your family.

  • My dearest sister; Kareen, may God grant Bob everlasting peace. I only wish I could be there but know you are in my heart and in my prayers. I know all your children will be there for you in this time of grief. I know your are strong and will get through this difficult time. I love you.