Caden Frost Hilderbrand, 5, of Washington, died at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, after a five-year battle with a terminal illness, Tay-Sachs Disease.He was a special little boy, who was loved by so many people. He touched many lives without speaking a word. People he never met were touched by his story of struggle and survival. Caden fought a long, hard battle and did not want to give up. Even in the end, he fought for every breath until he finally took his last breath and went peacefully.He was his family's "Lil Warrior" and will be greatly missed by many.Surviving are his mother, Betsy Clark; brothers Conrad Clark (wife Tori), Carson Clark and Coby Clark; sister Caitlin Clark; grandparents Greg "Bubby" Hilderbrand and Pam "Mam" Hilderbrand; great-grandmothers Edna Hilderbrand and Dorothy Crawford; a niece, Izabella; great-aunts Paula Fulton (husband Brent), Lori Tennant (husband Frank), Mary Cottrill and Susanne Fritz; great-uncles Bruce Crawford (wife Tina), Scott Crawford (wife Debbie) and Kurtis Hilderbrand (wife Cindy); cousins Nathan, Devin and Frank Jr. Tennant, Eric Crawford (wife Zanna), Jason Crawford (wife Corrine), Megan Mecketti (husband Anthony), Brandon, Brittany, Jessie and Amanda Crawford, Tyler and Brittany Crawford, Kalyn Fritz and Amelia Tennant; and a great-aunt, Jean Amon.Deceased are great-grandfather Conrad Hilderbrand; great-grandparents Lloyd and Virginia Salsberry; great-grandfather Doc Crawford; great-uncle Conrad Hilderbrand; uncle Erik Hilderbrand; and a cousin, Virginia Lee Wilkinson.Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, with Rev. Stephen Smythers officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.Additional information and a guest book are available online at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
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Published in Observer-Reporter on Mar. 27, 2014