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Holden Man Killed in Glider Crash

On Wednesday, November 11, Ernie James Hillsman of Holden was killed in an electric glider crash.

The accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, near the intersection of SW 400 Rd. in Holden.

The accident is still an active investigation by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and therefore no report is available at this time.

The cause of the crash was unknown at press time.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Ambulance District, and the Johnson County Fire Protection District #2 responded to the crash scene.

Hillsman was a lifelong Holden resident.

He owned and operated Ernie’s Home Repair for several years.

More recently, he did Commercial Solar Farming with his son, son-in-law and brother.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, at Forward Community Church in Holden with Pastors Dexter Snyder and Mike Wakeman co-officiating.

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  1. Diana Romans on December 6, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Love you lots Ernie,we were close friends and you will be missed Bad!!!!I love you n your grandkids

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