Les Hildebrand

October 17, 1948 ‒ December 25, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Leslie Dale “Les” Hildebrand, 70, of Lexington, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2018 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following an extended illness.

The son of Trent and Helen (Lewis) Hildebrand, Les was born October 17, 1948 in Bucyrus and graduated from Northmor High School in 1967.

Les began dating Jane Swisher while in high school.  The two were married on February 22, 1969.

A United States Army veteran, Les served in the Vietnam War.  He was honorably discharged on June 17, 1970.  Les was a lifetime member of the VFW, and lifetime member of AmVets Post #31.

An outdoors kind of guy, Les enjoyed fishing, boating and camping.  He had a keen eye for finding wild mushrooms and enjoyed mushroom hunting each spring.  Les was always working on woodworking projects.  He loved to play euchre, especially with family.

Les is survived by his loving and devoted wife of nearly 50 years, Jane; sons Jason (Glenda) Hildebrand of Columbus and Jim (Tammy) Hildebrand of Lexington; five grandchildren Cassandra, Hannah, Franklin, Tristen, and Hailey Hildebrand; great grandson Sebastian Geurrero; half brother Jerry Kottyan of Bucyrus, sisters Sherry Spires of Georgia and Emily (Dave) Burggraf of Las Vegas, Nevada, brothers Roger (Terri) Hildebrand of Tennessee and Kurt Hildebrand of South Carolina; as well as nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Dennis Hildebrand.

Les’s family will receive friends Friday, December 28, 2018 from 12 pm – 2 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 2 pm.  Burial with military honors performed by the Bellville American Legion Post #535 will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to, Snyder Funeral Homes, may be made through the funeral home to assist the Hildebrand family with funeral expenses.


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  • les hildebrand was a special friend of mine since about 1965 when he and his dad trent ran the sohio station in johnsville. we played some independent basketball on the same team for a few years. our friendship grew through the years and he and jane became very special friends with emma and i.. he was a loyal friend and a great family man and that family always came first. we will miss him. i do know that the person who always cared about others is walking with jesus as i am writing this. we are praying for jane and his family through this hard time of grieving. jesus must need one of the greatest mechanics of all time so he came and got my special friend les hildebrand. jane we love you all. butch and emma chipps

  • Tammy from the bottom of my heart I am truly sorry for the loss of your father in law and please extend our condolences to your husband also please know we are here for you love from the carters

  • We’re so sorry for your loss. May the love and togetherness of family and friends bring peace and comfort.
    Much love,
    Dave and Colene Horning

  • So Sorry Pops was like a Dad from fire stone to Buckeye Auto Center Days with you Jim he also could make us laugh Prayers to your family a great man I was glad to call pops too !!!

  • Jane, So sorry to hear this news. Prayers for you and your family. We had some good times back in the day. Memories are wonderful things. Love and Hugs. Jody..

  • Dear Jane and Family,
    Matt and I are so saddened by and very sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and sending you wishes for comfort and peace.
    Cheryl and Matt

  • Jane, Jason and Jim,
    Sending Light and Love your way thru Jesus. Condolences at this time of heartfelt pain.
    We care and care deeply.
    Jann n Jack Heston

  • Fond memories of my childhood with Leslie. He was a member of my family’s church, St John’s Lutheran in Woodbury, Ohio. Peace to you, Jane.
    Dianne Craven Hellert

  • We are so sorry for your loss know that you are in our prayers I regret to inform you that mom and Dad are both unable to get around these days but they are also keeping you in prayer.

  • Dear Jane and family. Am very saddened by the passing of Leslie. I’m so thankful for the wonderful memories of him from Johnsville and our school days. Even though I have lived a ways from you and Leslie you have come to mind many many times through the years. I will remember him always as fun loving , kind and a great friend Leslie is at peace and Jane you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and prayers to you . Janet Chalfant Lynn

  • Please accept my prayers and condolence. I worked with Les at Carlisle Engineered Products. He was a sweet guy and pleasant to be around. RIP Les.

  • Ron & I were saddened to hear about Leslie’s passing. Great memories of him going to St. John’s Lutheran Church in North Woodbury and in high school together. He was a very sweet and caring person. Keeping you and your family in our prayers!

  • I am sorry to hear of Les’s passing. I worked with Les for many years & he was one of a kind. Prayers to the entire family.

  • Jane,
    Just heard about Les’ passing. We extend our deepest sympathy along with prayers to you and your family.