William Clark Hilton


November 21, 1934 - April 17, 2015


William Clark Hilton was born November 21, 1934, in Mitchell, the son of Underwood and Lois (Potter) Hilton.  He graduated from White Lake High School on May 19, 1953.  Clark obtained an undergraduate degree in business at Dakota Wesleyan University in 1959. 

He was in the Army for two years from 1955 until 1957; and during his military service he served in Iceland.

He married Anna Uhrich on June 10, 1960, in Mitchell. The couple lived in the Wyoming area at the beginning of their marriage.  However, they decided to return to White Lake where they would reside for about 23 years. Then in 1984 they moved to Lake Norden, where they would reside for the next 17 years until Anna reached nursing home status in 2001.  Clark would continue to reside in Lake Norden until his passing in April 2015.

He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in White Lake and the Evangelical Covenant Church in Lake Norden.  He enjoyed dancing and music, and had a beautiful solo voice where he often sang for church and family gatherings.  His high school and college life was marked by being involved in football and choir. He also was a horseman.  Clark was an enthusiastic member of these White Lake organizations: Aurora-Brule Community Chorus, the Commercial Club, and the Town Centennial Committee.  Clark would later serve as mayor of White Lake and was a third generation small business owner of the “Hilton Lumber Company” from 1959 through 1984. 

He is survived by his daughter Tricia (Hilton) Wempe & husband, Patrick, of Arkadelphia, AR; three sons: Birch Hilton of Yankton, Wes Hilton & wife Kerry, of Bridgewater, SD and Emory Hilton & wife Angie, McAlester, OK; ten grandchildren, Chase Hilton & wife, Alexandra, Abby Hilton, and Alex Hilton, all of Greeley, CO, Autumn Hilton & Lily Hilton of Bridgewater, Mason Hilton & Madison Hilton both of McAlester, OK, Angelmaa Wempe, Gabriella Wempe & Michaella Wempe all from Arkadelphia, AR; his sister: Cile (Hilton) Suelflow from Loveland, CO; Jane (Kappenman) Hilton and numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Arlys Moen of Colton, SD.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ann (Uhrich) Hilton, his parents and his sibling, Carol (Hilton) Fosness. 


Monday, April 20, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
10:30 AM
United Methodist Church
White Lake, South Dakota


White Lake Cemetery
White Lake, South Dakota

entry posted by Tricia Hilton Wempe on 11-14-2016
Miss you Dad.
entry posted by Arlys Moen on 05-01-2015
He will forever be in my heart
entry posted by Bette Briggs Procknow on 04-23-2015
Went to school with Clark. Sorry to hear of his passing.
entry posted by Jean Snyder on 04-21-2015
Wes, Kerry, Autumn, Lily and family: our sympathy is extended in your loss. As you gather to celebrate your father/grandfather's life, may each shared memory, laugh, tear, and story help to make Heaven feel closer. Your Asbury UMC friends, Jean & Jim Snyder
entry posted by Richard Fisher on 04-21-2015
I remember his love for Lake Poinsett United Methodist Camp.
entry posted by Gus and Lori Ruotsalainen on 04-20-2015
To the family of Clark our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
entry posted by Lynn and Sally Potter on 04-19-2015
Our hearts and prayers go out to you following Clark's passing! We are especially glad we made it to the last reunion where we enjoyed visiting with him and you his special family! Love and Peace to each of you!
entry posted by Dan Cudmore Jr on 04-19-2015
To the children of Clark Hilton;
Although you probably don't remember me , please accept my condolences on the passing of your father. I remember him being a great singer singing alongside Kermit Meier at times. The Hilton name will always have a place in White Lake history. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time of loss.
entry posted by DeeAnn and Dale Thompson on 04-19-2015
We are sending our thoughts and prayers to all the family. I told Tricia.... so wish we were closer to attend. Sincerely DeeAnn
entry posted by Jim Hoffmann on 04-18-2015
Birch, Wes, Emory and Tricia
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss of your father, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Our ol' White Lake memories has lost a good friend.
entry posted by Jodi Glaim Lundgaard on 04-18-2015
My sympathy is with your family during this tough time. Cherish the memories.
entry posted by Sheila Greseth on 04-18-2015
Thank you for loving my Mother and giving her so many happy memories with you! My thoughts and prayers go out to your families.
entry posted by Joanne Andersen on 04-18-2015
Hugs, thoughts, and prayers
He will be missed!
entry posted by Linda Byington on 04-17-2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Wes and family.
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