Bernard 'Barney' Hildebrandt
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W. "Barney" Hildebrandt, 79, of Lincoln, died Sunday, March 8, 2009,
at Maple Ridge Care Centre in Lincoln with his family by his side.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First United
Methodist Church in Lincoln, with the Rev. Jame Haas officiating.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Holland Barry and Bennett
Funeral Home in Lincoln and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Burial will be in Hartsburg Union Cemetery,
Mr. Hildebrandt worked for Caterpillar
for 25 years. He was a truck driver for Allsopp,
Bowen Transfer and Garland Gehrke before owning and
operating his own trucking company. He most recently
drove a school bus for Chester-East Lincoln, West
Lincoln-Broadwell and Lincoln Community High School.
He had worked for Heineken Brothers during high
school and shortly after.
He was born Sept. 25, 1929, in Emden to Barney
Hildebrandt and Christina Mammen-Hildebrandt. He
married Mary Rankin on Aug. 7, 1949, in Middletown.
Surviving are his wife, of Lincoln; one daughter,
Deborah Skelton of Lincoln; two sons, Wayne
Hildebrandt (and Rhonda Rawlins) of Lincoln and
Barney "Butch" (and wife "Bert") Hildebrandt of
Springfield; three granddaughters, Sarah Puls of New
Holland, Elizabeth Skelton of Lincoln and Adrienne
Hildebrandt of Lincoln; two grandsons, Matthew
Comstock of Lincoln and Christian Skelton of
Lincoln; three great-grandsons, Nathan and Jason
Puls of New Holland and Ryan Comstock of Lincoln;
special little twin girls, Addison and Avery Rawlins
of Lincoln; one niece, Pamela Hildebrandt-Robbins;
and one nephew, Paul Hildebrandt-Meyers.
One brother, Eldon, preceded him in death.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church
in Lincoln, the local Caterpillar union, Midwest
Truckers Association, the LinPro square dance club
and The Oasis senior center. He was an honorary
member of the Lincoln FFA and was a volunteer bus
driver for St. Jude's.
Memorial donations may be made to the elevator
fund at the First United Methodist Church or to the
Lincoln-Logan County Food Pantry and will be
accepted at the funeral home.
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