8.09.2012

RIP Paul Hiltner

Paul passed away today in a motorcycle accident here in town. Everybody knew Paul to some degree, he was THE chopper guy around St. Cloud and ran THE chopper shop in town, Hardtails. Unfortunately, some dude smoked a stop sign and took Paul's life today. As I find out anything more about opportunities to help Paul's family through this time I'll be posting them here. 

23 comments:

  1. He was a giant of a man ! A laugh so hard it would make you p when he told a joke....everyone's friend !

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  2. I knew Paulie since I was about 16. Back then we used to call him Pumper and Lindskey. Always going to extremes and cracking us up all the way. Crazy man in younger youth but always good. Everyone liked Paulie! I found out the news at 3am from my brother. He knew I would be home from work then. Just so flippin' sad and unbelieveable.
    I'm sure he's blazing his own trail up there. His mind on opening up another Hardtails to get them grandma's off their wheelchairs.
    Ride on Paulie! Ride on!

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  3. Its a sad sad affair. He will be missed. A**holes need to learn how to drive and stop at stop signs.............

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  4. My condolences to Paulies family...what a shame. Ride free Paul.

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  5. Paul will be missed, I pray for strengh for his family.

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  6. Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we may as well dance....and dance Pauly did ! He enjoyed his life immensely ! I keep seeing your face....never to be forgotten !

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  7. Very sad news. Paul will be greatly missed by many. People wait in line at the Donnie Smith Bike Show each year to get down into the swap area to visit with him. Always a joke or prank. You never knew what to expect. Sympathies to Amy, Abby and Samantha, Paul loved his girls!

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  8. To a friend that was quick with a joke and serious about my scooter, making it a machine that we where both proud of. I am glad I had the chance to tell him last week that my daughter told me that Paulie seemed like the kind of guy that she would want to work for... A real man that isn't afraid to tell it like it is! Ride on Paulie, Ride on! Shawn

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  9. I'll miss Paul's quick wit and smile. Lord he loved his girls. Please pray for them...Amy, Abby and Sam.

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  10. Paul was a great man, always a smile and a joke. I was in to get some parts last week, talking with him about strong willed daughters. Mine was out in Sturgis at the Buffalo Chip bartending. He was talking about Amy and his daughters. Please give them the strength to carry on. Everytime I get on my bike I will think of him, it is a rolling tribute to my friend Paul Hiltner

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  11. RIP Paulie, you were one of a kind, and i'm sure you were making fun of all of us yesterday while we stood in the rain!

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  12. I'm sure that if a bike run...a "CAN YOU SEE US NOW" run was created that lots of money could be raised for the family as well as a center that helps in rehab of those that are addicted to drugs. Paulie was a great man and told me many stories of his younger days and how his life changed after he was clean. He spoke well of those that helped him get clean. I am sure that Paulie would be appreciative of help for the fellow person that needed help, as well as his 3 ladies that could use the money. I would also like to mention Pete, Mikey, and all the other men that worked for Paulie and may be out of a job now. I am sure that the future of their finances are in question with a possibility of no shop, not to mention they need grieving time without the worries of paying bills. Paulie treated them as family, I am sure.

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  13. I had the chance to meet Paul when my ride broke on me in st cloud , not evening knowing me he took the time to help, I will always remember how much of a great man and big heart he had, may the roads of heaven be long and winding for your ride as you wait for us to arrive , rip Paul

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  14. Rip paul...you are vossom and we love u!!

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  15. Deisen(I'm Barbie, and Amy is Skipper)August 14, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Paul could always be found at the Rocori football and basketball games. Sometimes he sat for a bit and visited with my hubby before the basketball game started. I'm sure Paul is makin' sure there's a hawg heaven up there if there wasn't already. I pray God's strength and comfort for his girls--Amy, Abby and Sam. Paul is dearly missed.

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  16. Pauly, I regret missing your send off. Our banter was allways fast and fun, our business was quick and to the point. at the end, our families were top notch. I am proud to have known such a profound man.... Amy, Abby, and Sam, I hope you saw the sparkle in pauls eyes that I did when he spoke of you... As paul was for my bike needs, Aphone call away.
    Roy willard

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  17. I'll never forget Breakfast at Perkins with you Pauly! Banana nut muffins will never taste the same with out you! (how gay does that sound!?!) I'll be seeing you again brotha!

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  18. I saw Paul almost everyday at work...he would come and wash hjis bike at the gas station....RIP good buddy

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  19. Ive know paulie since i babysat his girls when sam was just a baby. later in life when i got into drugs paulie was at my intervention, when i stormed out he followed me and talked to me about what he had been thru,he gave me advice as only paulie would/and could.
    all thru the next 15 plus years id stop in the shop and sober or not paulie always had blunt advice!! i loved that about him. when i spoke with him a few weeks before he died, i was razzing him about riding our ninja(he did the tire) he said honey you forget iam lover of all motorcycles. ya right i said, then it was are you keeping your nose clean? and i have almost 3 years. palulie said you know if you go back iam gonna hunt you down and kick your a** and you dont want me hunting you down cuz you know i know people. you are very missed life will never be the same.

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  20. I just saw the charges come thru

    a Sartell man has been charged with four misdemeanors related to a fatal crash involving his vehicle and a motorcyclist in August in Waite Park.
    RIP paulie

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  21. Paulie was the only one to work on my bike just found out about the news, missing you here in Duluth my friend, ride your bike among the angels....... RIP my friend

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  22. Paul is the legend that lives in me. I grew up around him. He was 2 years older and 3 steps ahead me. He was as quick with wit as with skill. He took the car to school when others rode the bus. It was always a big challenge to beat him in basketball. Fishing, softball, drinking beer, riding motorcycles, cracking jokes that were always beyond me, he had a speed and intensity beyond most. Him and his brother Dan were always beyond me. Their character, presence and intensity intrigued me and sparked a lust for life that only Faust could match. When I heard so many people went to his wake, I began to realize there were a lot more people who influenced in a special way by that special guy, Paul Hiltner, legend of Minnesota.
    Eric Hiltner

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