Richard Showman Hildebrand Sr., 75, of Charlottesville, died peacefully at his home on Monday, July 1, 2013, with his family by his side. Born June 16, 1938, he was the son of the late Fred and Clara Hildebrand.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Judy Hildebrand. They were married in Mount Jackson, Va., at St. Mary’s Pine Lutheran Church on April 6, 1963.
Richard is lovingly remembered by his three children, Debra Berberich, Rick Hildebrand and Lisa Henkel; two sons-in-law, David Berberich and David Henkel; one daughter-in-law, Maureen Hildebrand; and six grandchildren, Madeline Berberich, Hannah Berberich, Arthur Berberich, Buddy Hildebrand, Molly Hildebrand and Luke Henkel.
Richard graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1956. He was a graduate of Bridgewater College. He received a Master of Education and an Education Specialist degree from UVA in the field of mathematics. He retired with 23 years of service from the U.S. Air Force and also with 20 years at General Electric. In his retirement, he volunteered at UVA Hospital. He went to Florida with his wife for the winter months.
Richard, also known as Dick, was a member of the Charlottesville Aviation Luncheon Club. He was an amateur radio operator from the time he was a teenager until last year. He participated in disaster relief drills for the state of Virginia as well as helping with disasters when they occurred. He loved animals, especially his dog, Buster. Dick and Judy enjoyed square dancing for 30 years. They also loved playing Bridge with their friends.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, in the chapel of Teague Funeral Service. The Rev. Gloria Berberich will be officiating. A 3 p.m. a burial service with full military honors will follow at Mount Jackson Cemetery, Mount Jackson, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, a local SPCA shelter or the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Friends may sign a guest register at www.teaguefuneralhome.com.