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Walter A. Hilger, 75, a well-known restaurateur and developer of the Apple Grove Inn, died Tuesday (Dec. 11, 1990) at his home.

Born in Akron, he worked at the Harrison Division of General Motors Corp. for 10 years.

In 1946, Hilger bought a small hot dog stand in Medina, which eventually was expanded and became the Apple Grove Inn. The West Center Street restaurant opened in 1947 and grew rapidly. Expansion was capped in 1962 with the addition of the Russet Room. In 1984, fire severely damaged the structure, but employees helped restore it in just three months.

Hilger retired in 1985 and sold the restaurant.

He was a 50-year member of the Loyal Order of Moose, a 30-year member of the New York State Restaurant Association and a member of the Tuscarora Club of Lockport and the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; a son, David; three daughters, Sylvia Steincamp of Mount Lake, Minn., Lisa Sweeney of Newton, N.J., and Laurie Robbins of Oxford; a stepdaughter, Tammy Grzywacz; a stepson, T. James Grzywacz; two brothers, Eugene and Arthur, both of Lockport; 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St.

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