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Cabot Funeral Home

700 North Second, Cabot, AR

Phone: 501-843-5816

Hillis John Miessner

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Published: January 17, 2013

Hillis John Miessner, 86, of Cabot went to be with the Lord and Savior on January 14, 2013. Hillis was born in Newhall, Iowa to the late Gerhardt and Marie Miessner. He spent his years growing up on a farm near Newhall, and then the family moved into town and opened a cafe' where Hillis helped his parents. Hillis joined the Army as soon as he was old enough and proudly served in World War II. He was stationed in Germany at the end of the war. Hillis returned to the United States after the War and decided to go to photography school in Texas. It was while working for Leonard's Department Store as a photographer that he met the love of his life, Verla Moore.

Hillis and Verla were married January 16, 1954 in Ft. Worth, Texas. They opened a photography studio in Ft. Worth and began raising their family. Hillis began working for the Army Corps of Engineers as a photographer. He then worked for the Army's Department of Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO). While at this job, he took a position in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Hillis and Verla and their four kids spent five years in Germany. They returned to the United States and a job at LRAFB. Hillis retired from Civil Service November, 1986 and he and Verla remained in Cabot, AR. Hillis often reminisced fondly of their time spent in Germany. He enjoyed traveling and visiting friends and family.

Hillis is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Verla, their first child Margaret; his father, Gerhardt; and mother, Marie; and his brother, Dale. Hillis is survived by his son, Mark Miessner and wife Sheryl (Langston) Miessner of Cabot; grandson Matthew and wife Brittany, great-granddaughter, Savannah, granddaughter, Heather; son, Allen Miessner of Cabot and granddaughter, Laura (Miessner) Brock and husband Dillon Brock of Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri; son, Gary Miessner and wife Teri (Davis) Miessner of Maumelle; daughter, Gail Schwanke and husband Keith Schwanke, grandson, Joshua Schwanke and grandson, Andrew Schwanke, all of Milford, Kansas. Hillis is also survived by many special nieces and nephews, other family members and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 18 at Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cabot. Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville under the direction of Moore's Cabot Funeral Home and Crematory (501) 843-5816. In lieu of flowers/plants, the family requests that donations be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cabot, Arkansas or to Hospice Home Care, Kaleidoscope of Caring, Inc. P.O. Box 21517, Little Rock, Ark. 72221-1517. The family would like to extend a special thank you to family, friends, and co-workers who lifted us up in their prayers and to Hospice Home Care for providing a caring, supportive environment. Bis Spater, Opa! We will miss you. Please sign the online guestbook at

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