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LESLIE WILL HILDRETH Leslie Will Hildreth, age 87, entered his heavenly home March 25 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was a Riverside resident for 63 years. Les was born in Minnesota to Leslie and Marie Hildreth and grew up in Spirit Lake, Iowa where his father was a jeweler. Les had good times and adventures around Lake Okoboji. Later his family moved to Austin, MN where he played drums in the band and orchestra in high school. He went on to play drums in several dance bands during his life. Les enlisted in the Army Air Corps for World War II and witnessed the atomic bomb test at White Sands, New Mexico. He served in the Korean Conflict when the government activated his reserve unit and stationed him at March Air Force Base. He sold his car to buy an engagement ring for his future wife Naomi and they were married at the March Air Force Chapel in the fall of 1952. Les remained in Riverside after his military experience. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Riverside City College, worked briefly for Rohr Aircraft, spent most of his career at Bourns, Inc., and had his own business in circuit board production. Les was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, serving in many capacities over his 60 years there. He especially enjoyed evangelism activities and the Stephen Ministry. He was a past member of the Astronomy Club and a 17-year volunteer at Riverside Community Hospital. Les had a curious mind. Reading the National Geographic Magazine made him want to travel and he succeeded in visiting every continent except Antarctica. He enjoyed golf and played with his favorite foursome well into his eighties. He also enjoyed reading, painting, and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife Naomi; four daughters: Dr. Jennifer Strand (Dr. David) of Louisville, CO, Joan Sensintaffar (John) of Poway, CA, Jane Hann (John) of Colorado Springs, CO, and Jill Parillo (Dr. Michael) of Riverside; 5 grandchildren: Kyle Strand, Nicholas and Nina Parillo, Jonathan Hann, and Kayle Hardrick (Chris); 1 great-grandchild, Amirah Hardrick; sisters Vera Carney and Alice Tedrow, both of St. Paul, MN, and Rosemary Herrick of West Covina, and many nieces and nephews. Interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5545 Alessandro Blvd, Riverside, CA at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Day School Library e-books or .


Published in Press-Enterprise from Mar. 31 to Apr. 5, 2013
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