CHARLES LEROY 'CHUCK' HILDEBRAND, 81 Beloved brother, dad, grandpa and friend WINNEBAGO - Charles LeRoy "Chuck" Hildebrand, 81, of Winnebago, formerly of Monroe Center, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Prairie View Assisted Living of Winnebago. Born Feb. 20, 1931, in rural Monroe Center, the son of Kenneth and Florence (Reeder) Hildebrand. He entered the U.S. Navy on April 12, 1948, stationed on the U.S.S. Albany, and was honorably discharged on April 8, 1952. Charles married Betty M. Bright on Aug. 19, 1951, in Janesville, Wis. He was a bolt maker at Rockford Products for 37 years, retiring in 1992. Chuck dearly loved farming with his father and relatives. He volunteered as a firefighter for the Monroe Center Fire Department for 20 years. Chuck was an active member of the Monroe Center Community Church. He was a mason of the Meridian Sun 505 Lodge, Holcomb, for many years. Chuck enjoyed woodworking, gardening, watching the Chicago Cubs, playing cards, playing pool, and shaking dice. He dearly loved spending time with his family and traveling, including day trips with Betty, his wife of 57 years. Chuck is lovingly survived by daughter, Diane (Gene) Archer of Winnebago; son, Denis (Pat) Hildebrand of Stillman Valley; grandchildren, Evan (Kristin), Collin (Tina) and Kristin (Tony) Archer, and Trisha, Tiffany and Brian (Sabrina) Hildebrand; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Doug Hildebrand of Rockford; sisters, Avis Hall and Pat Kruger, both of Stillman Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; wife, Betty on May 1, 2008; son, Keith Hildebrand; grandson, Bradley Hildebrand; sisters, Eleanor Vanstone, Sharon Barber and Linda Barber; and brother, Irvin Hildebrand. Special thanks to Chuck's friends at the Rochelle Senior Hub and Prairie View Assisted Living. Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, in First Presbyterian Church, 208 W. Winnebago St., Winnebago, with visitation from 11 a.m. to service time; the Rev. Steve Shullanberger, will officiate. Burial in Monroe Center Cemetery. Masonic rites will be performed at the gravesite. A memorial will be established. Arrangements by Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. To sign the guestbook, give your condolences or light a candle, visit genandtfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2012