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Helen Virginia ‘Lindy’ Hobson | 93 | Oak Park, IL

Helen Virginia “Lindy” Hobson passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2023 at age 93. Helen was born Aug., 1930 in Oak Park, IL, the fifth child to Carl and Emily (Neumann) Lind. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, William Russell “Bill” Hobson, Sr. of 70 years.
Helen is survived by their four sons,  David (Jean) Hobson of Hillsboro, Russell (Donna) Hobson of Carrollton, Kenneth Hobson of Eldred and Steven (Becky) Hobson of Macomb; six grandchildren: Kari (Matt) Crepps, Katie (Nick) Cramer, Tara Hobson, Alexis Hogan-Hobson, Jake Hobson, Cooper Hobson; four great grandchildren: Henry Crepps, Alice Crepps, Spencer Cramer and Oliver Cramer.
Helen also had two brothers and two sisters, Ken (Anita) Lind, Louise (Jim Starkey), Evelyn (Clifford Simonson), Harold (Evelyn) Lind, all preceded in death, except she is survived by her twin brother Harold Lind of Sun City West, Arizona. She was also preceded in death by brother-in-law, Phil Hobson and survived by brother-in-law, Gene Hobson of Bryan, Texas.
Helen grew up in the Chicago suburb, Oak Park, Illinois, attending high school in Oak Park-River Forest and college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign which is where she met her husband Bill. She earned a BS degree in Early Childhood Development in 1952. They married on Jan. 26, 1952. In June 1952 Bill was drafted into the Army where they lived in Fort Gordon, Georgia during boot camp. When Bill was overseas in Korea for 14 months, Helen lived with sister Evelyn and Clifford Simonson in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she built furniture for a kindergarten class she started in Laurel Maryland.
After Bill returned from the Korean War, he mustered out from the Army in Chicago, then lived 9 months in Greenfield with in-laws Howard and Mary Hobson and then they returned to the family farm at Bluffdale and started farming and raising hogs. They spent the rest of their lives at their beloved Bluffdale. Through the years the relatives enjoyed visiting the farm so much that Helen and Bill started one of the first farm vacation business in Illinois in 1963.
Helen was also a homemaker and sometimes worked as a substitute teacher cooking many meals for family and vacationers. She was locally famous for her homemade apple pie, bread and cinnamon rolls which were quickly bought out at the bake sales.
She enjoyed family gatherings, travel, having a big garden, going to many basketball games over the years, and playing card games with Bill and other couples in the Prime Timers Club of the Farm Bureau. She hosted meetings and parties for her Greene County Home Extension Group and wiener roasts for her Church Sunday School Class. She loved music, especially classical, and loved to sing with her church choir.
A Celebration of life service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2023 at Carrollton United Methodist Church. Memorials my be made to Carrollton United Methodist Church. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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