Bruce A. Hillemeyer

Profile Updated: September 13, 2018
Residing In: Peoria, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Karen Hillemeyer
Children / Grandchildren Four children: Twin girls: Kim (grandson Rhodes) and Keri (grandkids Auden, Sutton & Sloane) born in More…1977; Two boys: Blake (grand-daughters Josie. Edie and Lucy) born in 1979, and Kevin (granddaughters Olivia and Paige) born in 1983. Keri lives in Encinitas, CA (suburb of San Diego). Our other three children all live in Chicago's West suburbs of Glen Ellyn and St. Charles. We see the Chicago families often and spend winters in the Palm Springs area so see Keri's family often then....Life is Good!
Military Service: Navy, retired as Lt.Cmdr  
Class of 1960 or 1961?

1961

Grade school attended?

Flossmoor Grade School

Background regarding time from HF days to today:

College: U of Iowa Honors program--B.A. (SAE fraternity).

Grad school at U.of IL College of Dentistry at Medical Center in Chicago--B.S.D. & D.D.S. (while in dental school, I worked summers in research and took some additional grad courses in Psychology. I was active in student politics as Pres of Med Center student body, Union Board, my dental fraternity and the Inter-fraternity Council)

Then, in an attempt to avoid Nam and the draft, I joined the Navy as a dentist and spent almost all of it in Australia--the only dentist for 250 miles located at a USN Communications station on the west coast where I also took care of Aussies and got to travel a lot. Many USN medicos went to Nam's Mash units with the marines--I was lucky!

After two years in the USN, I got out in Australia and spent another two years traveling around the world by tramp steamer and backpack. I spent time in Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Borneo, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, and virtually all of (then western) Europe and Scandinavia.

Finally returning home, I only had a dental license in IL and so started out practicing dentistry with a dental school classmate in Peoria with the intention to go somewhere more adventurous--although I was, by then, truly sick of backpack living! Dental insurance was just starting to be offered by big companies like Caterpillar (world headquartered in Peoria) and so I was immediately busier than all get out--and I met my wife, Karen, and decided that the future looked pretty good in Peoria and we could travel out from there--which we've done often.

I ended up starting a dental group with my classmate (and later bought him out) which got to 5 offices and 12 dentists with a computer support company. I also started a dental insurance company and signed up Caterpillar salaried employees and their families and we were off to the races!

I was actively involved in the community in Peoria--which is easy to do in a "smaller" town (metro pop is 380,000), but could get to Chicago easily enough to visit often too. I was on my kid's school board, health care and education boards, country club and Rotary boards, museum and historical boards among others, and held many positions including President of the Peoria District Dental Society. I also volunteered free dentistry at the health department and helped build a school in the high Andes in Bolivia after I retired from active dentistry in 2006.

I am happy to say that Karen and I have four great grown children; twin daughters Kim and Keri (one was high school Prom and one Homecoming Queen), and two equally advantaged sons (pride is a terrible thing...so consider that I am very biased). All of the kids are married with homes and jobs and we have eight grandchildren who live in the Chicagoland and San Diego areas. We are in Chicago western suburbs often and winter in the Palm Springs,CA area to visit the San Diego contingent often too.

Life has been good to me and I credit H-F and the wonderful communities we grew up in to have been a factor in that success. It offered all of us the positive life experiences (and anything-is-possible attitude) as well as strong teachers and a good educational foundation that made it more likely that we could succeed--and "be lucky" too.....Go Vikings!

What has been your occupation?

General dentist

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Oct 02, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Happy Birthday Craig! Thinking of you brings back many good memories of tennis and ice hockey games on your pond! Hope you’re still “sliding” along well and enjoying life—you deserve it!

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Posted on: Sep 13, 2018 at 10:45 AM

Happy 75th Charlie! Hope you shoot an even par on your birthday! Your family seems to be as successful as I would expect with you and Sandy as their parents! Congrats all around!

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Aug 08, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Belated Happy Birthday greetings Randy...sorry, have been away for awhile. Hope all is great for you and that you are still enjoying traveling and spending nice summer days in Michigan! I’m thinking of buying a Lake house closer to Chicago—but not in the burbs—to be closer to my three kids so may be able to more easily get together occasionally if that happens. Enjoy your 75s!

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May 30, 2018 at 2:42 PM

Now that you are “well into” the 3/4 century mark—and claim you can move up another tee—I’m going to require you give me scores on the golf course! However, as a Birthday present, I’ll play you even until my birthday rolls around MUCH later this year! Enjoy your summer and continued extended youth!...Bruce

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May 02, 2018 at 10:23 AM

I’ve been thinking of you and how you wife is doing now that some time has allowed you to evaluate things. I hope she is doing as well as can be expected and that you are able to deal with the stresses and emotions that are strained in difficult situations like you are both experiencing. Please know that you have many friends who not only wish you and Helene well but also are available to you for support. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. When it is convenient, please share how things stand now, privately if not publicly on your very own HF website (because you are certainly it’s face and beating heart)! Your good friend and occasional golfing buddy, Bruce

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Oct 02, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Happy Birthday Craig! It's been many years since our Anderson pond hockey games and tennis tournaments but they are still fond memories! Hope life is continuing to treat you well!

Aug 18, 2017 at 10:13 PM

Happy Birthday Kathe! You deserve to enjoy not only your birthday but the year coming up in good health and fun entertainment with your--probably record setting for our HF class--grandchildren!

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Happy Birthday fellow Perth-er (sounds better than Perth-ie)! Hope your health and golf game continue strong and on target. We have to all appreciate the things that are going right for us as we hear of other's travails. Enjoy the coming year with abandon!

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Happy Birthday Randy...hope you're enjoying your travel this summer and finding some cooler spots. Stay well!

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Jun 01, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Happy Birthday Fred....hope you are enjoying your relocation from Superstition Mtn after a couple years have passed. i thought your place there was great!

Jun 01, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Happy Birthday Ed....hope your summer is starting out well on the golf course! Enjoy your trip to Alaska and see you again, if not in OR in Sept, in Palm Springs next winter.

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Bruce and Karen at a Country Club of Peoria event in 1997.
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The Hillemeyer family at home in 2003

from left: Keri, Karen, Blake, Bruce, Kevin and Kim
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Bruce, aka Skipper Randy McNally, at helm of DeJaVu in Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with friends in 2004.
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The Hillemeyers at the entry to their home's courtyard at the wedding of Keri in 2004

from left: Blake, Kim, Bruce, Keri, Karen, Kevin
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Bruce and Karen at their Villa Celeste in PV, Mexico 2005
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The core Hillemeyer family at Villa Celeste, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2005.

from left: Kim, Keri(now Needham), Bruce, Karen, Blake, & Kevin.
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Bruce and Karen in FL 2007
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Bruce photo with cell phone. 2009