Bernard (Bernie) Hildebrandt
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POINT PLEASANT, NJ-- Bernard (Bernie) Hildebrandt, 89 formerly of Point Pleasant, NJ, passed away at the home of his son William of Inman, SC on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Bernie was born the son of the late Bernard and Geraldine Arose Hildebrandt in Matawan, on February 15, 1924. He grew up in Keyport with his parents and beloved late sister, Ann Horner.
During WW II he enlisted and served in the US Air Force as a pilot and flight instructor. He was honorably discharged having flown both C-47 and C-119 aircraft. After the war Bernie further served in the US Air Force Reserve where he attained the rank of Major prior to his honorable discharge in 1969. He retired after 37 years with Suburban Propane.
Bernie was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Pt. Pleasant Beach.
Bernie enjoyed 47 years of marriage to Eleanor Gootee Hildebrandt prior to her death in 1996.
He is survived by his four children William (Christine), Robert, Janet (Marc) Gayeski, Kenneth (Elaine), and his niece, Joanne (Fred) Stetter. He will be especially missed by his nine grandchildren Diana (Jonathon)Reid, Stephainie (Josh) Kingsmore, Morgan Hildebrandt, Jenny Hildebrandt, Keith Hildebrandt, Zach Hildebrandt, Megan Gayeski, Tom Gayeski, Mark Gayeski and seven Great-Grandchildren, Grace Hildebrandt, Jacqueline Hildebrandt, Harrison Kingsmore, Aidan Kingsmore, Jackson Reid, Lillian Reid, Ava Gayeski.
Our deepest appreciation goes to his special and dear caregiver, Shirley Nesbitt.
Arrangements are under the direction of Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ. Burial will be private.
Orender Family Home
2643 Old Bridge Rd Manasquan, NJ 08736
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2013