Tom Hileman, 51, proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard. After the service, he graduated from Southern Illinois with degrees in aviation and aviation management. He was a self-employed pilot and owner of Hileman Aviation in Bloomington. Tom had an incredible sense of humor and was known for his pranks and storytelling. He loved sports and enjoyed coaching youth football. He leaves behind his wife, Ami, and five children: Ben, Adam, Andrea, Luke and Jake.