Gerald "Jerry" Hilderbrand (81) of Louisville


Published on June 12 2014 11:17 am

Gerald A. "Jerry" Hilderbrand, 81, of Louisville, Illinois, died at 2:40 p. m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at his home.  
Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Saturday, June 14 at Kohn Funeral Home in Flora. Visitation will be from 6-8pm Friday. Interment will follow at Clay City Cemetery in Clay City with military honors. Memorials to Clay County Animal Rescue and Shelter.
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Jerry was born on July 20, 1932, to Delbert and Beulah Juanita (Lister) Hilderbrand.  On December 17, 1953, Jerry married Floretta "Fran" Vail at Trinity Methodist Church in Flora. Jerry worked at the Flora Shoe Factory and several other local businesses, and he later worked in the feed mill at Effingham - Clay FS in Louisville. Jerry proudly chose to honor his country by serving in the United States Army. He was a member of Bloom Baptist Church in Flora and the Louisville American Legion Post #914, and past member of the Flora Moose Lodge #1384, Flora Eagles Lodge #2494, and Flora V. F. W Post #3999. Jerry loved fishing, hunting, and finding mushrooms. He enjoyed listening to the Cardinals games and was the biggest fan of his grandkids' sporting events. Above all, Jerry loved spending time with his family, friends, and two beloved dogs, Buddy and Pretty Girl.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Fran, of Louisville, IL, mother, Juanita Hilderbrand of Flora, IL, formerly of Clay City, children, Debbie Goodman and husband Matt of Louisville, IL, Darel Hilderbrand and wife Misty of Flora, IL, Kenny Hilderbrand and wife Barb of Louisville, IL, Wayne Hilderbrand and wife Tammy of Johnsonville, IL, Phil Hilderbrand and wife Wanda of Louisville, IL, grandchildren, Crystal Smith and husband C. R. of Louisville, IL, Jill Lomas and special friend Mark Lewis of Clay City, IL, Misty Lindeman and husband Matt of Clay City, IL, Kendra Hilderbrand and Justin Hilderbrand of Flora, IL, Melissa Arnold, Derek, Blake, and Logan Hilderbrand all of Louisville, IL, Adam Hilderbrand and wife Ashley of Wayne City, IL, Jordan Hilderbrand and wife Laura of East Carondelet, IL, Kelsea Hilderbrand of Johnsonville, IL, Amy Pate and husband Dale of Louisville, IL, Stacy Fulk and husband JD of Louisville, IL, and Sherry Greenwood and husband Scott of Flora, IL, great-grandchildren, Cody Smith, Bryan Smith, Quentin Young, Hunter Welty, Molly Lindeman, Jacob Arnold, Mylee Hilderbrand, Aiden Beel, Hunter Snee, Addison Hilderbrand, Brielle Hilderbrand, Zyleigh Hilderbrand, Gracelyn Hilderbrand, Zackery Hilderbrand, Alia Hilderbrand, Cody Pate, Emily Pate, Abbey Pate, Lucas Borton, Kaden Hilderbrand, Bentley Fulk, Ashlynn Enlow, and Garrett Greenwood, great-great-grandchild, Lilly Young, sister, Betty Eastin of Woodward, OK, and brothers, Ronnie Hilderbrand and wife Ruth of Sailor Springs, IL, and Tom Hilderbrand of Clay City, IL.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Delbert Hilderbrand, son, Frank Lynn Hilderbrand and brother-in-law, Richard Eastin.