Everett William Hildebrand
Everett William Hildebrand, 92, of New London, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at New London Nursing and Rehab Center.
A funeral is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Pleasant, with the Rev. Michael R. Scudder officiating. Burial will be in Lockridge Cemetery with military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard.
Visitation begins at noon Monday at Elliott Chapel in New London with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.
A memorial has been established for Faith Lutheran Church.
Mr. Hildebrand was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Lockridge, the son of Otto H. and Velda Belle Allender Hildebrand. He married Doris Marsel Johnson June 22, 1941, in Parsonsville. She died Sept. 17, 2005.
He was a 1939 graduate of Lockridge High School. He earned a bachelor’s of arts degree at Parsons College in 1947.
He was a member of the Chi Beta Phi Scientific Fraternity.
Mr. Hildebrand was a World War II veteran, serving from Sept. 3, 1942, to Oct. 18, 1945, with the Sixth Air Force overseas. He was 21 years old at the time he enlisted, leaving behind his wife and 5-month-old son; he did not see them again until his son was 3 years old.He received an American Theater Ribbon, a Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged. He contracted an inner ear infection in the military and lost all hearing capability except for 10 percent in his right ear. He coped with this disability for the rest of his life by using a hearing aid and reading lips.
He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Michael Houshin No. 4 Post in Burlington, the VFW Post 7641 in New London and a member of the Amvets in Mount Pleasant.
He belonged to the Moose Lodge No. 1003 in Mount Pleasant where he held several offices through the years.
He was a past member of the Eagles Lodge and American Legion.
He taught science in Libertyville, Birmingham and New London from 1947-1952.
He went to work as a lab technician at Iowa Army Ammunitions Plant in Middletown and retired 23 years later as senior scientist.
He played the saxophone and banjo in several dance bands for many years and belonged to the Musicians Protective Union Local 646 in Burlington until 1986.
He also played the piano and tuned pianos in southeast Iowa and Illinois. He tuned Conway Twitty’s piano prior to his performance at the Old Threshers Reunion.
He was a member of the Southeast Iowa Antique Car Club and exhibited his 1923 Ford Model T, which he restored, for several years at the Old Threshers Reunion.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Mount Pleasant. He worked with the Building Committee in 1949 to build the First Lutheran Church. He and his wife did volunteer work for 35 years in the First Lutheran Food Tent at Old Threshers.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing, bird watching, coin collecting, genealogy and visiting with family and friends.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald Hildebrand and spouse Mary Ann of Iowa Falls and Gary Lee Hildebrand and spouse Connie of New London; one daughter, Juanita Savely of Mount Pleasant; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and one sister, Inez Hisel of Fairfield.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Willis Hildebrand.