Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 



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John R. Hilbert
Visitation:  Wednesday, October 14, from 4 - 7 pm at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Memorials: Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Drive, NW; Grand Rapids, MI 49534


JOHN R. HILBERT, 77, retired owner and executive of Ampro Industries, formerly called Cowbell Seeds; passed away on October 10, 2020, after a short illness.

John was well known and respected for his lifelong involvement with the Iconic Plank Road Farm and the production and marketing of Lawn Patch.  He was a friend to many in the farming community in Michigan as he sold them their corn. John was a graduate of MSU and became a consummate entrepreneur as the family business grew.

John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lynne; and his son, Todd; his parents, LaVerna and Frederic Hilbert; brothers, Scott and Michael Hilbert. He is survived by his children, Blair (Chad) Johnson, Zoe and Quinn Hilbert. He also leaves his grandchildren, Ava, Piper, and Cade Johnson; his brother, Ken (Jane), and his sisters-in-law, Jerrie and Kathy Hilbert.

John grew up in the small town of Wayland where he learned to work hard on the farm at a young age.  John was determined to succeed in all his endeavors. He applied his talents and skills to an award winning record in Wayland High Athletics. He was proud to be a member of the outstanding basketball team, "The Wayland 5“ that played in the state play-offs in 1961. Football, Track and Field, Pole Vaulting rounded out his high school resume.

     Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 4-7 PM at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of John may be made to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Dr., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534. 

1095 68TH ST SE


# Jenn Nicholson 2020-10-18 23:22
Blair- I am so sorry! We have many memories of your dad. Including shell station lunch & dinners? Lol on our way to the beach. Great times at gun lake and on the big boat. He had a huge welcoming heart I will never forget. Thinking of you and miss you too!
Love you
Jenn & Dave
# Helen Wagner 2020-10-17 12:22
I am so sorry to hear of John`s passing.I remember the entire Hilbert family well.I worked at Plank Road Farm and have fond memories of John when he would stop in and see how we were doing in the gift shop.Wish I had seen this sooner so I could have paid my respect in person Will keep the family in my prayers. Helen Gonzales Wagner
# Steve Smith 2020-10-16 16:43
My dad, Bish, and Fred were business partners in Cowbell Seeds and Plank Road Farm. I knew and worked with John and his brothers. So sorry for his passing.

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