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Wayne M. Hilden, 75

Wayne M. Hilden, 75, of North Hudson, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at Regions Hospital.

He was born on May 31, 1932, in Trimbelle Township, to Vernon and Pearl (Dopkins) Hilden. As a young child, Wayne attended a small country school in Trimbelle and later attended high school in River Falls.

After graduating from River Falls, Wayne married his best friend, Marlene Larson. The two were joined in marriage at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. The union would be blessed with four children.

Wayne worked as a mechanic for Montgomery Ward until his retirement in 1994. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and even a little yard work.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Marlene; four children: Scott (special friend, Melissa Corcoran) Hilden of North Hudson, Linda (Ron) Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kimberley (Jay) Davlin of Austin, Texas, and Kevin (Leanne) Hilden of Hammond; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Sheldon (Mary) Hilden of Bay City; and two sisters, Corinne (Bob) Clausen of River Falls and Rosalie (Ernie) Strand of Bay City.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson, with Pastor Tim Booth officiating.

Interment was in Willow River Cemetery with full military honors.

Services were entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. Online condolences may be expressed at