Victor "Brillo" Hilsendeger


December 23, 1950 - November 1, 2020


Victor Hilsendeger, 69, of Hermosa, SD, died Sunday, November 1, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. A Celebration of Life service will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the 4-H Arena, 3715 E Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Victor “Brillo” Allen Hilsendeger was born on December 23, 1950 to Peter and Elizabeth (Feigert) Hilsendeger in Napoleon, ND. Brillo spent his early years living on the Patterson Ranch helping his brothers and sisters until he moved to Bismarck with his older siblings in 1957. Brillo graduated from Bismarck High School in 1969.

Brillo lived most of his life in Mandan where he raised his five kids. He made a family out of five kids that were not his. Brillo stepped up, raised, loved, and provided for them as his own. He was extremely proud of the people his children became. Words can not describe how wonderful of a person he was, and how many lives he touched. Above all, Brillo was a wonderful father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Brillo worked a variety of jobs. One of the more entertaining jobs was his job at The Bait Shop. There were many stories about The Bait Shop, some that he could tell and some he couldn’t. He also worked at Bismarck State College as head groundskeeper for 30 years. He met many life long friends during his time there. When Brillo retired, he retired to his house in the Black Hills with his mountain dog, Ziggy.

Brillo had a smile and a laugh that could light up the entire room. He had a way of making people feel special, and the ability to make people smile even in tough times. People would often say that when they die, they wanted to reincarnate as one of his dogs. You could tell Brillo anything, and he would have the best advice. He was a friend that would always be there for you no matter the circumstance. Brillo will be dearly missed by all his friends and family, and his memories will be carried in their hearts forever.

One of Brillo’s favorite hobbies was playing the drums. This passion led him to become a drummer for a band. He enjoyed the travels on tour with his band. This passion could be realized by the drum set he had in his house his entire life. He had a vast music collection, and would share what he loved with anyone. Brillo truly knew how to live life and enjoy it to the fullest. Brillo also had a serious love for fast cars, classic cars, loud motorcycles, and having a good time with friends. You could hear him say, “I shouldn’t have sold that” about almost every car or motorcycle he sold. Following his love for cars he was a member of Rapid Shifters Car Club and NDSRA. Brillo could be found at most car shows and runs through the Black Hills. He knew all the best roads and back roads for the beautiful scenery of the Black Hills. Brillo would often reminisce about his time dirt track racing and running from trouble. Brillo was wild, happy, and free.

Brillo is survived by his son, Jared (Dusty) Simmons of Mandan, ND; daughters, Abby (Matt) Hofer of Fulton, SD, Casaundra Bolon of Columbus, OH, Elizabeth Knoll of Fargo, ND, and Marley (Josh) Roehrich of Bismarck, ND; grandchildren, Kira, Hudson, and Emma Simmons, Payton, Jayden, Nash, Vayda, Austyn, and Orlen Hofer, Vincent Bolon, Arlo and Casper Roehrich; brothers, Leonard (Mary Jane) Hilsendeger, Mike (Lori) Hilsendeger, John (Gladys) Hilsendeger; sister, Gloria (Don Braunagel) Hilsendeger; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Harlan Victor Hofer; brothers, William and Eugene; sister, Gladys; best friends, Dawg, Turbo, and Bear; and grand-dogs, Rosco and Chance.



None Scheduled


Saturday, November 7, 2020
2:00 PM
Bismarck 4-H Arena
3715 E Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501

Posted by Steve and Sue Lahr, Atlanta GA on November 11, 2020
We remember the Saturday nights at his and Roxie’s place in Mandan playing Trivial Pursuit, guy’s against the girls. In the summer, playing river ball in the Heart River. Dashing to the Stage Stop on Saturday nights to get beer for Sunday. Good times and better memories. We’ll miss you.
Posted by Dan Sandberg (Duck) on November 10, 2020
I met Vic around 1969 ir 1970, he was always a great person to be around. Had may fun times together. I moved away in 1977 but stayed in touch and would get together every couple of years when I came back to the Dakotas. We would drink a couple of beers together and as we got older it was soda, then bottle water. Sure am going to miss Vic and I will keep him in my prayers and hopefully we meet again on the other side.
Posted by Tayla Plastow on November 10, 2020
I got the privilege of meet Brillo at a car show. The way Abby talked about her dad, I Led to believe he was a all-around great guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to my friend Abby and family🙏🏼
Posted by Richard & Pat (Hayes-Potter) Fleck on November 9, 2020
We were so saddened to hear about Brillo. 😔. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of his family. So many great memories of Brillo! Rest In Peace Brillo.
Posted by Rick Berge on November 6, 2020
Vic, We built a soap box derby but before we added brakes, you thought we should try it out on the steep hill at Hillside park. With you driving, we flew down the hill and wrecked at the bottom. Then we added BRAKES. You passed me a note in 8th grade study hall saying " Do you want to start a band " ? This was funny because we weren't musicians ! But,a band we DID start ! I will miss you my dear friend , So many great memories with you Brillo RIP.
Posted by Karen and Nick Thomas on November 6, 2020
Rest In Peace our friend we have some great laughs and memories, 🙏🏻
Posted by Mike lacher on November 6, 2020
RIP, old friend we had lots of fun back in the day
Posted by Barry Schneider on November 5, 2020
We’re going to miss you Brillo especially the backyards where our and yours met playing football and just sitting back there talking a developing the nice weather. I remember you bringing me the lawnmowers and yard equipment from BSC whenever it needed some repair especially welding. I always looked forward to when you came into the shop cause I knew there was going going to be some funny stories and or something crazy that needed fixing. I remember when I was in grade school and you’d walk by my house with the Afro it was the best I’d ever seen! You could see right through it. Brillo you are going to be missed by so many people and you are loved by many also. May you, Ken, and you’re brother Bill ride on for eternity....Godspeed and ride on brother!!!! Until we meet again.
Posted by Dannette Blumhagen on November 5, 2020
So many great many memories so sad
Posted by Terry Glatt on November 5, 2020
Vic, you will be missed. We were neighbors growing up in Bismarck. One memory I have Vic and I were sitting on the front steps of my parents house. We couldn't wait until we were 21, we had plans. Vic lived his, I was in Viet Nam for my 21st. Rest in Peace Vic. I treasure the memories we had. May God Bless you and your family.
Posted by Charles Weichel on November 5, 2020
I’ve always enjoyed talking with Brillo has a friend a classmate and how has a memory RIP
Posted by Nancy Barnes on November 5, 2020
Rip Brillo. Great memories. 🙏💔
Posted by Tony Mendoza on November 4, 2020
I didn't know Brillo, but I know his son Jared, and if Jared is anything like his father (which from reading the comments and the obituary, they seem like they were cut from the same cloth) Brillo was an amazing man. I wish I could have had the honor of meeting him. From me and my family, from one gearhead to another, fly high and fly faster. God rest
Posted by Jeff D Hester on November 4, 2020
suspected this horrid virus would lay you to rest.
The company we shared for many a year,
Now leave me with fond memories as I shed this year.
You were Grand, unselfish, always there to lend a hand,
When it came to Rockin’ you were always up front with the Band.
Your peaceful demeanor was always captured round about,
You always calmed the mood, in this I have no doubt.
Heaven awaits, and for me will not come too soon,
As I know you’ll be waiting, for us all to carry a Great New Tune.
Posted by Tim & Kathy Noon on November 4, 2020
RIP our dear friend. I still can't believe it.
Posted by Rita Lindgren on November 4, 2020
Brillo was a great guy with a kind heart. He would help anyone that needed it. We worked together at Bismarck State College, and he had many great stories to tell whether about BSC, his family or life stories. Always a good laugh. I’m grateful for having known him and for the fun memories. Deepest condolences to all of his family and friends! 🙏💙
Posted by Pete Marcellais on November 4, 2020
Vic was a good friend who always had an open door for you. He will be missed.
Posted by Debbie Van Berkom on November 4, 2020
My sincere sympathies and prayers for Brillo's family. He was such a great guy and I always enjoyed visiting with him during the years we both spent as Bismarck State College employees! Cherish your memories!
Posted by Martin Knoll on November 4, 2020
I loved talking to Brillo about cars. He knew all of them and had some beauties of his own. However, I would often get distracted by the lovely art he had in his garage ;) You are gone too soon. You had so much more life and love to give. Rest in peace friend.
Posted by Ruben Marcellais on November 4, 2020
Brillo Pad. What can I say brother? You were the guy back when I was growing up to show kids like me how to drive, hunt, wrench, enjoy music, and sell insurance yo your mom over the phone while talking in a German accent. Basically how to enjoy life. You taught me alot bro and were always there if I needed you. I'm gonna miss you bro. Fly high and watch over us and may you rest in peace. I love you bro! Til we meet again..............
Posted by Christopher Bertsch Aka DRMC Pinball on November 4, 2020
Rest in peace Brillo. Make sure you do burnouts on your Shovelhead through all the sobriety check points up there my friend.
Posted by Eileen sauer on November 4, 2020
So sorry to here about your loss.
Posted by Jim& Sandee Hill on November 4, 2020
Life won’t be the same , but we have our memories ❤️Love you buddy
Posted by Marti Knutson on November 4, 2020
I graduated with Brillo from BHS and recently reconnected with him. Brillo loved Ziggy! Please, give something, a shirt, coat, to Ziggy, anything with Brillo's smell for comfort. I'm sure Ziggy is grieving too. Blessings!
Posted by Chele Koch on November 3, 2020
I have my memories of Vic he was a very good uncle he loved my Mom and would of done anything for her. Over the years (decades) we had laughs, very sad times and entertainment beyond anything. I will miss him my heart has gained one more hole that will not be refilled.
Posted by Pauline & Roger Hatzenbuehler on November 3, 2020
RIP our friend see you on flip side.❤️🙏
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