John Dudley (J.D.) Pilger, 82, of Hot Springs, Ark., died on Nov. 20, 2009. His wife, Leona (Lee) Pilger, 76, also of Hot Springs, died on May 27, 2010 at home. Born on Dec. 8, 1927 in Chicago, Mr. Pilger headed IBM Employment Agency in Oak Park in the 1970s. An iron worker in Local Union 63, he was a pathfinder in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Japan and a member the VFW.
Mrs. Pilger, born on Sept. 13, 1933 in Chicago, was an interpreter and volunteer for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and a member of the Red Hat Society. She was also a volunteer and ombudsmen for the Area Agency on Aging and an insurance agent with Central Plains Insurance for 25 years. They were both 50-year members of the Independent Order of Foresters.
J.D. Pilger was preceded in death by his parents, John and Carrie Pilger. Lee Pilger was preceded in death by her parents, John and Violet (Grieves) Monkerud; and her brother, Jim Monkerud.
The Pilgers are survived by their daughters, Linda Mitchell, Amy Bean, and Deborah (Kenneth) Hartman, who is currently serving in Iraq; their grandchildren, Michael Mitchell, Gypsy Mitchell, William (Bill/BJ) Hartman, Kenneth Hartman, and Cody Bean; their four great-grandchildren; J.D.’s brother, Charles F. Pilger Sr; and numerous relatives and dear friends in Illinois, Arkansas, and Florida. They will be missed by all.
A memorial service will be set at a later date.