James O. "Pete" Hillegass

August 13, 1955 - July 15, 2021

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James Otho “Pete” Hillegass, 65, of Kendallville died Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Hillegass worked in industrial maintenance for Omni Source.

Pete enjoyed hunting, fishing, and making and flying model airplanes.

He was born August 13, 1955, in LaGrange to Franklin and Viola (Yarde) Hillegass.

Surviving are a daughter, Angela (James T.) Kirk of Portage; three grandchildren, Jasmine Wright, Misha-el Hillegass, and Nicholi Hillegass; a sister, Janet Pfleidner of Kendallville; a brother, Mike (Connie) Hillegass of Kendallville; two nieces, Tabetha Amburgey and Christina Hillegass; seven nephews, Steve Pfleidner, Jason Pfleidner, Nathan Pfleidner, Paul O’Brien, James O’Brien, Jason O’Brien, and Kadan Hillegass; and a number of great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Bill Pfleidner.

There will be no visitation or services.

Burial will be in Embrey Cemetery near Garrett.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

July 18th, 2021 4:11pm

Mike, Connie, Kadan and family: Words cannot express the sadness Tricia and I have over the passing of Pete. He was an extraordinary guy that was always willing to assist in what ever was needed. Tricia and I greatly appreciated his help to us and we are fortunate to have known him. I will deeply miss our long talks and the laughs that generally came from them. He will always be in our hearts. May God's loving arms surround each and every one of you during this difficult time. With much love, Judy and Tricia