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Date published: 4/20/2009

Donald A. Hildebrand

Donald Arthur Hildebrand Sr., 82, of Fredericksburg went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, April 17, 2009.

He was preceded in death by Jeanne, his bride of 52 loving years; and his son, Donald Arthur Hildebrand Jr.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Atlantic Theater on the U.S.S. Europa. After serving his country, he graduated from high school and continued his studies in the nursing profession. He received his nursing diploma from Hudson River State Hospital and continued his education by receiving his anesthesia license.

He moved his family to Fredericksburg in 1964, and began 28 years of service to the patients of Mary Washington Hospital. In 1991, he was forced to retire due to sudden illness.

He gave more than 50 years of faithful service to the Knights of Columbus, and achieved many honors which include, Grand Knight, District Deputy, Faithful Navigator and Sir Knight of the Year. He was a member of the Ancient Order Hibernians and held many offices with the Izaak Walton League of America. Donald also served in many local and charitable organizations.

He was a wonderful father and teacher to his family. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed sharing his knowledge of hunting, fishing, backpacking and conservation. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his four sons, Daniel J. Hildebrand of Locust Grove, Douglas E. Hildebrand of Stafford County, David F. Hildebrand of Fort Myers and Dennis J. Hildebrand of Stafford; two daughters, Mary Ellen Taylor of Stafford and Diane J. Brooks of Katy, Texas; two sisters, Elizabeth Rodney of North Carolina and Marion Bambach of New Jersey; 17 grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.