John D. Hilburn, Jr.

John D. Hilburn, Jr., 81, Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at his home. He was born July 28, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri, son of John D. Hilburn Sr.and Elizabeth Boese Hilburn.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 58 years, Lois Jean Fisk Hilburn. He is survived by his children, Leigh Hilburn Card and Marty Card of Manassas, VA and John D. “Trip” Hilburn III and Vinita Hilburn, Shawnee, KS and his grandchildren Jeremy Rowe and Jessica Steckler, of Stillwell KS, Tyler Hilburn and Michelle Busch, of Scott City KS, and Jessi Hilburn of Lawrence, KS. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law: Martha JoAnn Hilburn Boeckman and Beck Boeckman of Camdenton, MO and his brother and sister in-law, Grant and Vicki Hilburn of Lake Quivira, KS

John graduated from the University of Kansas as a Triangle Fraternity member with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a Captain in the United State Air Force, began his career as an Electrical Engineer in the family business, Boese Hilburn Electric Company and retired from Hilburn Electric Company. He was a member of the Evangelistic Center and the Village Presbyterian Churches.

John was an entrepreneur, creative, fun loving and an avid reader. He loved to build things that went fast, from a raised sled, to an ice sailboat and a full sized airplane. He loved to fly and to travel with his family. He was a true “outside the box thinker”. He attended his children and grandchildren’s games with lively enthusiasm! He enjoyed working behind the scenes at Church as “pot and bottle washer”. He had four loves, the Lord Jesus, his wife Lois, his kids Trip and Leigh and his grandkids. John was a generous and gifted man who shared God’s love freely with his family and others. He will be remembered for his tireless work ethic, who cheerfully and selflessly gave of himself to the Lord and others.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Village Presbyterian Church.  Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the Heart of America Alzheimer’s Association, 3846 West 75 Street, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208 in honor of John and Lois Hilburn.



  1. Stephanie Felling Wilkins on January 31, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    John was a talented entrepreneur who saw the computerized electrical contracting world easily and successfully. I remember John as instrumental to my career in the computer industry. He gave me an opportunity to work and learn with him in the 1970’s and 80’s. I will always think kindly of this good man. My thoughts are with you all and Grant especially.
    Stephanie Felling Wilkins

  2. Richard Sheldrake on January 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Grant & Family, please accept our condolences. Its been a long time since we have seen John, But remember the exchanges we had concerning the electrical business. We hope is passing was painless and is now with the Lord.
    Richard Sheldrake

  3. James (Jim) Mosimann sr on January 30, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Losing John Jr was like losing a family member. My condolences to all of the family. I had many good times with all, John Sr., Grant and Vicki, as well as John Jr. both in business relations and personal friendship! I visited John last November at Overland Park Place remembering old times, golfing, races and beaching. My thoughts are with you all.
    Jim Mosimann, Leawood

  4. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on January 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Hilburn. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  5. Claire Glenn @ Overland Park Place on January 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Enjoyed knowing John. He was a delightful person…we will miss him, particularly front row in our Shining Stars Chorus of Overland Park Place. He was specal!!!

  6. Mel Wise on January 29, 2014 at 10:47 am

    John will always be remembered as a wonderful caring person. He was a lifelong buddy of my brother Art Wise. I enjoyed hearing them swap stories from “the good old days”. John always offered support and encouragement to others. He lived his religion and he was a very ethical businessman. The world was better because of John.

  7. Sheri Lowers on January 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

    John and Lois were both kind, delightful people. Their love and respect for one another showed through their words and actions. I knew them for several years as my nephew’s neighbors prior to helping them sell their home and had the opportunity to spend many hours with them. Their patience and thoughtfulness was always evident as was their devotion to each other and to their faith. I am sorry to hear of John’s passing, but know that he and Lois are happily together again. My prayers are with your family.

  8. Jeremy & Jessica Rowe on January 28, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    He was a loved man by all and a great grandfather. We are very sad to see him go. He will be missed but forever in our hearts.

  9. Lisa Pfost on January 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Monique and Mckinley Jones on January 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    We would like to send our heart felt condolences to your family. We pray for your strength during this difficult time.

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