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Leonard Hildebrand

Dec. 1, 1920-Feb. 5, 2011

Leonard W. Hildebrand, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, February 5, 2011 at his home.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., in Augustana Lutheran Church near Detroit Lakes.

Leonard Wesley Hildebrand was born to Archie and Bessie (Kitto) Hildebrand on December 1, 1920 in Mitchell, S.D. He moved with his family to Fargo, and later to rural Detroit Lakes. He graduated from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, Minn., in 1939.

Leonard was united in marriage to Edwedge "Eddie" Blom, October 10, 1943 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Following their marriage, they lived in Seattle, Wash., where they both worked building wings for B-17's at Boeing Aircraft. In 1944 they returned to Detroit Lakes, where they lived on a farm near Mud Lake. In 1955, they purchased Eddie's parents home in Shoreham.

Leonard drove truck for Fairway Foods out of Fargo for 30 years. During that same time, he also worked part-time for Chester Johnson's Service Station on old Highway 59 near Detroit Lakes. They moved into Detroit Lakes in 2005.

Survivors include his wife, Eddie, of Detroit Lakes; sons Hap (Micky) of Springfield, Minn., Byrne of Brainerd and Peter of Detroit Lakes; two grandchildren, Joshua Hildebrand and Megan Rosenfeldt; a step-granddaughter, Erika Seaquist; three great grandchildren, Zachary, Brianna and Makayla; two step-great grandchildren, Christian and Connor; and a brother, Don (Phyllis) of Sioux Falls, S.D.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at