Leslie Maurice Hildebrandt was born December 8, 1936, at Aberdeen, SD, to L.L. and Rosetta (Martin) Hildebrandt. He grew up and attended school in Mitchell and graduated from Houghton Prep in Houghton, NY, in 1955. He attended Sterling College in Sterling KS, and graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD, in 1960 with a degree in business. He entered the US Army, where he was in the Signal Corps and served as a cryptographer in Orleans, France. On December 12, 1964, he married Mervela Lidel in Madison, SD. In 1962 he joined the family business, United Auto Parts in Mitchell and from 1962 until 1995, he traveled as a territory salesman. The business was sold to Sturdevants Auto Parts in 1994 and he continued as a local salesman until his retirement in 2005. He also had rental properties in Mitchell.
He attended the Mitchell Wesleyan Church and was an active member of the Mitchell Exchange Club, where he served as president and held various board positions on the local and district levels. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Mitchell Food Pantry, and was a member of the American Legion. In 2005, he was honored as the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade Marshall. He especially enjoyed his round table chats with friends at Jitters.
He is survived by his wife Mervela, two sons, Greg Hildebrandt and wife Lora of Mitchell, Brian Hildebrandt and wife Christine of Mitchell, one sister, Ruth Brane and husband Pierce of Shawnee Mission, KS, and three grandchildren: Jared Hildebrandt, Tristen Hildebrandt and Jamison Hildebrandt. He was preceded in death by one brother, Earl, two sisters, Janis Kinyon and Linda Lloyd, and his parents.
entry posted by Amber on 08-21-2011
It's about time somonee wrote about this.
entry posted by MAGGIE (SOWL) kING on 08-18-2011
Dear Mer Len and I were deeply saddened by Les's death. He was a one of a kind of guy and we will all miss him deeply. He always welcomed us home with open arms. Our prayers are with you and your family.
entry posted by Jerry Stahlecker on 08-11-2011
Mer and family. Les was friend to all and he will be missed. Jo and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.
entry posted by Delores (Paulsen) Schnarr on 08-10-2011
My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Hildebrandt and family. We will surely miss him at our class reunions.
entry posted by Wayne-Judy Mueller on 08-10-2011
Dear Mervella, Greg, Brian, and extended family members, Judy and I have many and varied memories of Les. We were able to work together at United Auto Parts, to worship together at Mitchell Wesleyan, and to walk thru some difficult days together as tragedy and loss struck. In it all, God has wonderfully sustained you and given peace. We wish we could be with you on Thursday but distance and schedules will not allow. We will cherish his loud and boisterous laughs as well as his tenderness towards those he loved and cared about. May God richly bless you in these days.
entry posted by Francis & DeEtta Young on 08-10-2011
Dear Mer & Family: Les was a real classmate & friend. He will be missed. We are sorry for your lose.
entry posted by Curry Brooks on 08-09-2011
Mer, I am so saddened to hear of Les' passing. I am indebted for his friendship that has lasted a lifetime. Each time I came back to Mictchell for our class reunions, Les always made me feel so welcome to be home again.
Katherine joins me in extending our prayers and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We will always treasure the times we spent together.
May the grace of God comfort you and keep you in his presence.
Curry and Katherine Brooks (Chesapeake, VA)
entry posted by T.J. Sanborn on 08-09-2011
My condolences in your loss of a good friend to my family. My dad was one of his customers for many many years, and always enjoyed his visits with Les. I got to know Les much later when I served as Fire Chief and he welcomed me as if I was an old friend. Thank you for sharing him with us all.
entry posted by Lisa Anderson on 08-09-2011
Mer, Greg, Brian, and families,
I was sad to hear Les passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have many great memories of all the times our families spent together when we visited from Indiana, especially the hayrides at Uncle Marley's farm. Mom and Dad always treasured your family's friendship.
entry posted by Betty Armfield Johnson and Norris Johnson on 08-09-2011
As long time Mitchell school friends, we extend our sympathy to the family on the loss of Les. We pray the memory of his life will be a comfort to everyone. Les was a friend to all and made each person feel they were best friends. RIP dear person. God Bless
entry posted by Jerry & Shirley Lacher on 08-08-2011
Les will definately be missed. He was always a delight to be around and talk with.
entry posted by David and Lucy. Loberg on 08-08-2011
We have just learned of your loss of Les. His obituary shows that he lived a full and generous life. We especially enjoyed visiting with you both in your home in 2005, when we were on our way to Hill City for the school reunion. We also learned then of his strong ties to the Black Hills. May you find the strength and faith to move beyond the darkness of the present. All our love to you,
Dave and Lucy
entry posted by Laura Dawn (Loberg) Doscher on 08-08-2011
I just learned this evening of Les' passing. We will all miss Les and his kind words. My love to Cousin Mervela and all of the rest of the family. God bless you. Dawn
entry posted by Verlyss V Jacobson on 08-08-2011
Mervela and boys, Sorry to hear of Les' death.
Thinking of you.
entry posted by Dave Noble on 08-08-2011
Never was a better friend.
entry posted by June on 08-08-2011
Don't worry...just like we talked...I got your back and I'll always be there for you! We will use all of the info that you shared with us, and your cooler will continue to be the "GREATEST" just like you! I listen to your message often... I'll always keep in close to my heart and know how your doing! I'll never forget my favorite "Beer Man" You'll be thought of often and missed dearly! See you again at the cooler! Love ya Les!