GASTONIA - Leonard "Chief" Hilderbrand, 58, passed away June 7, 2014, at his home.
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He was born March 21, 1956, in York County, S.C., son of the late Marshall Wylie Hilderbrand and Joyce Yarber Hilderbrand.
"Chief" was a retired US Navy veteran.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Chapel Grove Baptist Church, 716 Camp Rotary Road, Gastonia, officiated by Pastor Roger Overton.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Greene Funeral Service, West Chapel, 216 Archie Whitesides Road, Gastonia.
Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia, with military honors provided by the US Navy and the Gaston County Honor Guard.
"Chief" is survived by: sons, Michael Jones, Marshall Hilderbrand; daughters, Ashley Justice and hus-band Steven Justice Jr., Karen Shires; sisters, Sherry Hilderbrand Loiselle of Leicester, MA, Linda Falls of Gastonia, Von Falls of Blacksburg, SC; grandchildren, Milee, Willow, Autum, Corrigan, Michaela, Chris.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by wife, Susan Bolton Hilderbrand; brothers, Keith and Jerry Hilderbrand.
Memorials may be sent to VA of Salisbury 1601 Brenner Ave., Salisbury NC 28144 or United Service Or-ganizations P.O. Box 96322 Washington, DC 20090-6322.
A guest registry is available at greenefuneral.com.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia, 704-867-5521.
Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel
216 Archie Whitesides Road
Gastonia, NC 28052
Published in Gaston Gazette on June 11, 2014