MAPLETON DEPOT - John R. Hildebrand, 84, of 16115 Smith Valley Road, Mapleton Depot, died at 8:06 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at his home.
Born Aug. 16, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was a son of the late Ray John and Catherine (Foster) Hildebrand. He was united in marriage on Nov. 12, 1950, to Eleanor E. (Miller) Hildebrand, who resides at Westminster Woods in Huntingdon.
Surviving are: his children, James R. Hildebrand and wife, Michelle, of Lancaster, John W. Hildebrand and wife, Bonnie, of New Holland, Kathleen A. Rutter and husband, Rusty, of Ephrata, David B. Hildebrand and wife, Jenice, of Mapleton Depot, Mark A. Hildebrand, of Marietta, Matthew S. Hildebrand and wife, Paulette, of Ephrata, Susan E. Hogue and husband, Tony, of Ephrata, and Steven W. Hildebrand and wife, Tammy, of Denver, Pa.; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann Hildebrand, of Sandusky, Ohio; and a stepsister, Lori Johnson and husband, Ron, of Huron, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, John also was preceded in death by a brother, James Hildebrand.
John graduated from Sandusky High School in 1947. He served in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952. He also studied at Bowling Green University. In 1994 he retired from Tyson Foods as a supervisor.
John enjoyed reading and coin collecting, and had a genuine love for history and music. He enjoyed singing, playing instruments and listening to music.
He was always very involved in church life and held leadership positions in various churches.
He was a member of the NRA, and the American Legion, and held various positions in the Boy Scouts, including Scout Master up to and including assistant district commissioner. John thoroughly enjoyed his family.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Calvary Bible Church, Lewistown, with Pastors Howard Houtz and Stephen Jeanes officiating. Burial will take place at Bowmans Chapel Cemetery in Smith Valley.
His family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Calvary Bible Church, 100 Calvary Lane, Lewistown, PA 17044 or to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, 3813 West Main St., Belleville.