Dale G. Hildebrand
December 27, 1926 ‒ March 31, 2009
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Dale G. Hildebrand, 82, of Mount Gilead, completed his life’s journey early in the morning of March 31, 2009 at his home after a recent diagnosis of cancer. He was born December 27, 1926, in Johnsville, Ohio to the late Grace and Harry Hildebrand. Dale graduated from Johnsville High School in 1944, immediately joining the Marines, serving in World War II from 1944-1946. After his military service, he entered Ohio Northern University, joined the Phi Mu Delta fraternity, and graduated with his law degree in 1952. He and his wife, Doris Hildebrand, whom he married June 7, 1951, returned to Mt. Gilead where he opened his law practice, serving his clients from 1952 until the time of his death. He also founded and was the president of the Whetstone Title Insurance as an agent of the Ohio Bar Title.
In 1957, he was elected to The State House of Representatives, serving a total of 4 terms from 1957-1965. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of North Woodbury, a member of the American Legion Rinehart Post of Shauck, Ohio, and a faithful Red Cross donor, giving over 37 gallons of blood. He was also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, a past member of the Morrow County Bar Association, and a member of the Morrow County Hospital Ethics Board. He had also served on the Board of Directors for the People’s Bank and Bank One.
Doris, his wife of 57 years, survives him. They have three children: Julie (Don) Wick of Mt. Gilead, Bruce (Kay) Hildebrand of Winder, Georgia, and Carol (Pat) Harrington of Powell, Ohio. He has three grandsons: Andrew and Matthew Wick, Joseph Harrington and one granddaughter Kelly Harrington.
Three sisters also survive him: Margaret Lewis of Ontario, Irene Tischer of Colorado, and Sandra (Jim) Stump of Mt. Gilead. He also has two surviving sisters-in-law: Maxine Hildebrand of Cleveland and Martha Hildebrand formerly of Mt. Gilead.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Trent and Harold Hildebrand and two brothers-in-law: Donald Lewis and Vaughn Tischer.
Dale loved playing basketball and softball and was a regular on his church’s softball team until his late 50’s. Until recent years, he would be seen riding his bike, jogging the track, and swimming laps at the local swimming pool. He had a soft spot for his pets and he loved being outside working in his yard during the warmer months and enjoyed watching his birds from the comfort of his easy chair during the winter months.
The Hildebrand family will greet friends from 1 – 3 and 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his life will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the St. John Lutheran Church on SR 314 in North Woodbury, conducted by his pastors, Reverends Jack Moore and Paul Young. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Morrow County Humane Society, St. John’s Lutheran Church of North Woodbury, or to Hospice of Morrow County.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.