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Burnell W.

Burnell W. "Bernie" Hilker

Jun 25th, 1944 - Sep 29th, 2021
  • Birth Date: Jun 25th, 1944
  • Death Date: Sep 29th, 2021
  • Funeral Date: Oct 1st, 2021
  • Location: private
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Biography: Burnell “Bernie” Winfield Hilker, age 77, of Winter Haven, FL passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on September 29, 2021 with his loving wife and daughters by his side. He was born June 25, 1944 in Hanover, PA to the late Herman Hilker and Erma (Berwager) Hilker. Bernie served proudly in the Army National Guard. He spent years as a photographer and photo shop owner. After moving to Winter Haven, he worked for the Polk County Parks & Rec Department. He enjoyed dances at Highland Hills Golf Course and the American Legion, hiking with the Friends of the Parks Trail Walkers Club, traveling - especially to the beaches. He was also a volunteer on the set construction crew for Theatre Winter Haven. Bernie was an active member of Christ Community Church. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie (Shoemaker) Hilker, two daughters Michelle Miller and husband Scott of Hanover, PA and Tammy Congdon and husband Douglas of Fuquay Varina, NC, grandchildren Brandon, Rebecca, Brianna Miller & Riley and Bryce Congdon, and two sisters Phyllis Kline and Mildred Kline. He was pre-deceased by a brother Clayton, and sisters Ethel Wilson and Beatrice Sutphin. Burial will be private. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Guthrie Memorial Library or Theatre Winter Haven in honor of Bernie. Online condolences may be shared on

Sally Curren
Oct 11th, 2021 12:29 am
Jeannie and family, I am so sorry to learn of Bernie’s passing. Sending hugs and prayers for comfort.
Robert W Miller
Oct 8th, 2021 2:23 pm
Dear Jean and family,
I am very sorry to learn of Bernie's passing. May he Rest In Peace!
Leonard (George) & Nancy Bankert
Oct 7th, 2021 11:15 pm
Sorry to hear of your loss Our Prayers are with you and your family. I always looked forward to seeing Bernie whenever he was here and joined are November get together.
Don & Norma Martin
Oct 6th, 2021 6:22 pm
Our deepest sympathy & prayers to the Hilker family. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Bermie at Theatre Winter Haven & he will truly be missed.
Henry & Connie Hoffacker
Oct 5th, 2021 9:26 pm
So sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ellen Buchen
Oct 5th, 2021 9:05 pm
My deepest sympathies for Bernie’s family Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time
Brent Mummert
Oct 4th, 2021 4:27 pm
My deepest condolences to the Hilker Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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