Leslie Eugene “Les” Hilton was born in Custer, S.D., and raised in Hill City, S.D. As a youngster he would hiked throughout the Black Hills. He knew every trail and didn’t leave one rock unturned.
Les moved to Summit County, Colo., where he met Kim, his wife of 25 years. Together they raised their two children, Ashley and Brandon, and later in life adopted Zachary. Les became ill and they left the mountains.
Les moved his family to Watford City, N.D., and got a job hauling crude oil. Les, Kim and his brother-in-law started their own oil hauling company: J&H Oilfield Services. After selling the business they moved to Custer, where he started out his life.
Les loved his family, friends and people. He loved to share amazing and funny stories. Les’ all-time passion was classic cars; he lived and breathed them. Les was very proud of the ones he acquired.
His favorite holiday was July 4. Les made sure to host the biggest July 4 parties. He loved to travel and see different places. He always said he was fortunate to have seen the beautiful country. Les also loved fishing, guns and his animals.
Les became very ill the last four years of his life. Kim and Les went to Colorado for over six weeks to take a newly approved medicine for acute myeloid leukemia. They had high hopes for the new drug. When they were told the medicine didn’t work, they returned home where Les wanted to live out the rest of his life. He got to spend two days in his home, where he lost his life to leukemia. Many family and friends were by his side when he died. He loved life.
Les died at his home in Custer Feb. 10, 2019. He was 53.
Memorial services were Feb. 14 at Custer Lutheran Fellowship with Pamela Power officiating.