Mike  Hilgenfeld


Michael "Mike" Gene Hilgenfeld, a Norman community leader who put his faith in Jesus and gave his whole heart to his family, entered into Heaven on May 10. He was 68.

Mike was born to Gene LeRoy and Vivian Joyce (Gibbens) Hilgenfeld on January 23, 1951 in Pratt, Kansas. The family moved to Norman, Oklahoma in 1965, where Mike graduated from Norman High School in 1969 and later married his high school sweetheart, Susan Coker, on July 8, 1972. She remained his greatest joy. The couple made their home in Norman and had four beautiful children. In 1985, Mike and Susan moved their family to Mobile, Alabama where Mike operated Coker-Hilgenfeld Mazda for five years. He continued his influence on the community through various civic organizations.

In 1991, Mike was given the opportunity to operate the Chick-fil-A at Sooner Mall; he later transitioned to operating the free-standing Main Street location. Mike spent 28 years as an owner/operator, a career that gave Mike countless opportunities to support the Norman community. He found joy in providing food for Norman organizations, schools, churches and families. These moments humbly serving others were the quiet actions that defined his far-reaching influence.

Family was everything to Mike. He spent as much time as he could building memories with his wife, children and grandchildren. After watching his wife battle cancer almost 10 years ago, Mike made a point of prioritizing family vacations and time together. From the point forward, Mike visited 33 countries and made the most of every day. He loved being near the water - scuba diving, fishing or just enjoying God's beautiful creation. Mike was generous, kind, steadfast and a strong believer in actions above words. He was known by his family, friends, and colleagues to be a prankster and was always good for a laugh.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Gene Hilgenfeld and father-in-law Joe Coker. He is survived by his mother Vivian; beloved wife Susan; sons Brian and wife Laura, Blake and wife Shanae, Drew and wife Holly; daughter Cara Mackey and husband Travis; grandchildren Luke, Brayden, Caleb, Cali, Elli, Davis, Mason, Kathryn, Ethan, Landon, and Isaac; siblings Connie Hobby and husband Brewster, Terry Hilgenfeld, Jim Hilgenfeld and wife Kathy, LaNita Hilgenfeld, and LeeAnn Gage and husband Gary; mother-in-law Marion Coker; brothers-in-law Ken Coker and wife Ellen, Greg Coker and wife Terri, and Brett Coker and wife Patti; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Contributions in Mike's memory may be made to the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City (stephensoncancercenter.org).

A celebration of Mike's life will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, May 17 at First Baptist Church, Norman (211 W. Comanche). Mike's family requests that bright, casual clothing be worn to the event.

Mike's family has entrusted his care to Tribute Memorial Care in Norman (405.292.4787). Please share condolences and memories of Mike at www.tribute.care.
Published on May 14, 2019
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April & Brett Bowers
May 17, 2019
Our condolences to you Susan and your family. Confirming what has already been said, Mike was such a generous soul in his family, work and community life. He always had a smile and glad heart. We are saddened for you but rejoice in his exceptional life here on earth.
Brooke Bow
May 17, 2019
Blake and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was always the sweetest man. Praying for peace and comfort in this very difficult time.
Mandy Southern
May 17, 2019
Mike was a genuine man. I regularly visited the restaurant with my family while I lived in Purcell and no matter how busy the store was he had time for you, and a smile. I am sending my prayers to your family from Washington state
Josie Vitiello
May 17, 2019
He loved his family very much. His grandson Davis and my daughter are friends, she has many memories of him coming to events, and always being kind. My heart goes out to the entire Hilgenfield family, and his Chick fil et family!! I know he will be missed!
Sheila Fisher
May 16, 2019
Mike was always a great testimony of God's love and amazing grace. I enjoyed visiting with Mike and trying to get him to put in a chic-fil-a in Purcell. I know he has touched many lives in a positive way.

May God comfort the family during this time, knowing that he is with his Lord and savior.
Celeste Gulley
May 16, 2019
My sincere condolences to the entire family. I had the pleasure of working with Susan and through her my son got to experience Mike as his first supervisor. My son always had a smile on his face when he talked about work and Mike. May you all be encased in our Lord's loving care at this time and always.
Mellanie and Jarod Rose
May 16, 2019
Mike is the example of GOD’s love and he will be truly missed. Praying for peace and comfort for the family!
Clara Doan
May 16, 2019
Mike was always a joy to see every time I went to Chick-fil-A. He will be missed by many that knew his kind heart. I will be praying for comfort for your family.
Richard & Dana Perry
May 15, 2019
Our prayers are with you through this loss
Donna Wright Branham
May 15, 2019
May your Family find Peace to help them through this loss
Deborah Holland
May 15, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Hilgenfeld family & my prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Kelly Guthrie Knutson
May 15, 2019
My deepest condolences to the whole Hilgenfeld family.
Ralph A. Moulton
May 15, 2019
Rest with God,Mike,we will miss you.
Jennifer Bowen
May 14, 2019
Mike was my first boss, at Chick-fil-a in the mall back in 1996. He was a wonderful man and boss. Sending love and prayers to his family and friends.
Sherrie Johnston
May 14, 2019
Mike will always have a space in my heart. He was a gentle and kind man who always had words of encouragement for me and my team at Chick fil A at the University of Oklahoma! He was full of wisdom and was always eager to share. I appreciated his help and support during my years as Supervisor.
Richard& Vickie Parker
May 14, 2019
May God comfort your hearts and bless you with strength at this difficult time. We too will miss our brother in Christ. He was truly a man of integrity and faith. He was a light for all to see at Chick- fil- A. May your heart find peace knowing you will see him again. He was such a kind and caring person. Mike will be missed. We will cherish his smile and kindness and the excellence service he gave to our community. God's speed for the journey. We thank you for sharing him with us. He touched many lives. Sincerely in Christ.