David Richard Hilgendorf
of St. Louis, transitioned peacefully on December 29, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. Dave, as he was affectionately known, was born in St. Louis on July 24, 1947 to Walter and Bernice Hilgendorf.
He was graduated from Southwest High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Dave will be remembered for his many accomplishments. He was an Eagle Scout and Student Council President. During and after college he honed his music skills on guitar and piano, which led to a long time performing career with groups Saratoga, the New Saratoga and Those Guys.
He was a gifted photographer and owned and operated Saratoga Studio for 20 years, preserving memories for many.
Dave was also a long time avid golfer with a short game that won him many on course bets.
Those left to cherish his memory are brother Walter Hilgendorf and wife Laura, of St. Louis; sister Linda Drees and husband Brian of McKinney, Texas; significant other and caregiver Marilyn Epstein of St. Louis; nephews Walter, Kevin, Adam and Jacob Hilgendorf and their families. Special thanks to caregiver Sharon Sesseman for her kindness and love.
After a private graveside service, a Celebration of Dave’s life will be held on February 22, 2019 from 2-5pm at Farotto’s Restaurant 9525 Manchester Rd. Rock Hill, Mo. 63119.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Missouri.