It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our Dad, Bill Hildebrandt, on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at the age of eighty-eight years, and sixty-one days.
Known as Bill, Dad was born William Hildebrandt to John and Anna (nee Dyck) Hildebrandt on September 5, 1929 at his family home near Dunelm, Saskatchewan. He was the sixth in a family of fifteen children. Being brought up on a mixed farm meant Dad had to learn a variety of skills which included not only seeding and harvesting, but also milking, gathering eggs, weeding the large garden and fixing machinery. We don’t know if he enjoyed all of these jobs, but we do know that he was meticulous when it came to fixing machinery.
Until the age of 12, Dad attended Dunelm School. He always spoke fondly of the friends and teachers he had there. When he was 12 the Hildebrandt family moved to Rhineland, a few miles to the east. Dad told the story of how he and his brothers drove the cattle, on foot, to their new home.
This new chapter of his life included only three more years of school because, as a young man aged fifteen, he was needed to help with the farming, and so ended his formal education. However, a young man needs to have fun, too, so Dad and his brothers played hockey on the homemade ice rink in winter and softball on the local schoolyard in summer. He continued playing until after he had children of his own, teaching all of us (boys and girls) his skills. Dad’s love for sports continued. He bought Bronco season tickets for many years, rarely missing a game, and faithfully followed the Maple Leafs and the Blue Jays, in turn, on T.V. as each of their seasons came up.
It was during the early years of his life in Rhineland that Dad and some of his siblings attended Sunday school. The teacher, Mr. Wall, led Bill to accept Jesus as Saviour and so his faith journey began. Dad always loved music and enjoyed singing in the church choir.
In 1946, Dad met Margaret Rempel and in 1949, they were married. Together they raised five children: two daughters and three sons. Mom and Dad continued to live in Rhineland, farming, raising livestock and when times were tougher, working 9-5 jobs as necessary. In 1974, the farm in Rhineland was sold and Dad moved his family, now nearly all grown, to Swift Current. It was here that his passion for meticulous work reappeared and out of his much loved heated garage on Hillcrest Drive appeared pieces of woodwork; first five artfully crafted sets of wooden TV trays with stands and later a crib for baby Jessica, which is now a bed for her daughter Brooklyn.
Bill Hildebrandt leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 68 years Margaret (Rempel); daughters Charlotte (Don) Friesen, Linda (Harvey) Seib; sons Jerry (Debbie), Doug ( Shirlee), Derryl (Darlene); four grandsons, Kirk Fehr (Melissa)and Justin Fehr (Jayden), Joel (Nicole)and Tyler (Amanda) Friesen; eight granddaughters, Tanya (Brent) Haubrich, Jennifer (Jason) Skazyk, Erin (Pete) Rodin, Kristin (Troy) Rusu, Kaila Hildebrandt, Jana Friesen, Jessica (Kurtis) Rohrke, Karlie Hildebrandt; nineteen great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren; sister, Agnes Funk; and brothers, Isaac and David.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, John and Anna Hildebrandt; brothers, Henry, Jacob and Johnny; sisters, Annie, Helen, Tina, Mary, Margaret, Olga and twin sisters in infancy; son-in-law, Bill Fehr; thirteen brothers-in-law; seven sisters-in-law; one nephew and one niece.
Memorial Service for the late Bill Hildebrandt will be officiated by Pastor Rob Cochrane at the Church of the Open Bible, 290 19 Avenue NE, Swift Current, SK on Friday, November 24, 2017. Private Family Interment will take place in Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK prior to the service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Open Bible Memorial Fund or to Samaritan’s Purse.
To share memories and condolences, visit www.parkfuneral.ca “Obituaries-Guestbook”. Arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt, Park Funeral Home, 306.244.2103.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de William Hildebrandt 2017.source
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