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Wally Hilgenberg

Born: 1942-09-19 - Died: 2008-09-23
Cause of Death:
Lou Gehrig's Disease


Death Summary: Hilgenberg had battled Lou Gehrig's Disease for several years before it finally claimed his life at the age of 66, just days after his birthday.

Who was Wally Hilgenberg : Walter "Wally" Hilgenberg was an American football player who played as both a guard and a linebacker at the University of Iowa before playing 16 seasons in the NFL as a linebacker. He played for the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings and played in all four of the Vikings' Super Bowl Appearances.
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  1. mike abrahamson Says:

    Wally had a great testimony about his life before making Jesus Lord and what he missing. His testomony was very real how before Christ we want more more and never have enough and its empty!!! Once we make the choice to accept GODS FREE GIFT!!! JESUS HE PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU AND I.AND WHAT IMPACT IT MADE ON HIM AND HIS FAMILY!LIKE HE SAID WE ARE ALL FILTHY RAGS IF IT WASN;T FOR YOUR LORD. GOD HAS PREPARED A PLACE FOR HIM A TRUE MAN OF GOD. LOVE MIKE AND FAMILY.

  2. LINDA RYDER SMYERS Says:

    My thoughts & prayers go out to the Hilgenberg Family. Wally was a good guy. My dad worked at REC with his dad, Curly, and our families were always friends. My sympathy to you all…Linda

  3. SAMUEL MAY JR. Says:

    Growing up the Vikings were a huge part of my life. The defense was the heart of those Viking teams. They always made big plays and Wally was always there. He would always be there.

  4. LINDA RYDER SMYERS Says:

    Linda Ryder Smyers

  5. Denny&Marie Hayes Says:

    We will never forget Wally’s appearance at our tavern’s 1974 grand opening, the Green Hut in Bay City,Michigan. We made our Michigan bar the headquarters for the Minnesota Vikings. Wally and Frank Gallagher had so much fun that they asked to come back to Bay City the next year. They did and played a softball exibition.We’ll never forget Wally playing right field with his dog. He ‘d purposely let a fly ball fall to the ground and had the dog retreive it and run it to to the infield. The crowd went wild! Our hearts go out to the family.

  6. Denny&Marie Hayes Says:

    We will never forget Wally’s appearance at our tavern’s 1974 grand opening, the Green Hut in Bay City,Michigan. We made our Michigan bar the headquarters for the Minnesota Vikings. Wally and Frank Gallagher had so much fun that they asked to come back to Bay City the next year. They did and played a softball exhibition.We’ll never forget Wally playing right field with his dog. He ‘d purposely let a fly ball fall to the ground and had the dog retrieve it and run it to to the infield. The crowd went wild! Our hearts go out to the family.

  7. dale Says:

    As a Viking fan, Wally was a classy player as well as a classy individual.
    Here’s a great TV interview:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEslSeMsOJg

  8. Kay Dewane Steffen Says:

    I met Wally when he was dating my college roomate, Mary Fox, at Marquette University. We met again when I lived in Hawaii and Wally was there for the Super Teams competition. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary and her children

  9. Wayne & Mary Larson Says:

    To Wally’s family – You have our deepest sympathy. We remember you from Cathedral of Praise and Maranatha, and thank you for opening your hearts and home to many of us. You and Wally will never know how many people you have touched.

  10. Bob Says:

    THIS GUY IS THE BEST!!!!!

  11. phil buhagiar Says:

    One of the most underated football players. I’m
    sure he is now recognized by God. That”s all that really matters

  12. Harriet E> Bynum Says:

    My husband and I saw the clip on 60 Minutes last night. I worked (as an agent) with Alexander Hamilton for a number of years and admired Wally for his character and his work. I was heartbroken to realize that they were talking about Wally. Our prayers are with all of you; what a wonderful family and what a wonderful testament to God Wally’s interview was. God bless you all. My regards, Harriet

  13. George Lenz Says:

    I saw the picture of Wally and his family, and I am deeply moved. You would have to say that he had a successful life!

  14. Gary Humphreys Says:

    GREAT GUY AND HUNTER, ENJOYED HUNTING WITH WALLY.

  15. Randy Dobbs Says:

    Fun going back to watch clips of Wally. Not only was he a great football player, wonderful father, but a fantastic Christian man that loved the Lord and showed it day in and day out. God bless you Wally. Save a seat at the Lord’s banquet table for me.

  16. Ken Hodge Says:

    Great Player. Will be missed.

  17. Mel Hilgenberg Says:

    I beleive he was at a family event when I was a child,with Hazel Hilgenberg,My grandmother.

  18. louis salazar Says:

    Family friend….I met the Hilgenbergs (Orrin & Max) in Hawaii in the 1970′s and knew the family thru Judy Hilgenberg Nakanelua & Joyce Bower.


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