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In Memory of

Richard Hildebrandt

November 24, 1925 - March 26, 2015

Obituary


Richard "Dick" Hildebrandt, 89, of Evansville, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born November 24, 1925, in Evansville, to the late John and Jennie (Hildebrand) Hildebrandt.

Richard attended Reitz High School and at age 17, enlisted in the US Navy to serve his country in WWII. He served aboard the destroyer escort ship the USS Thomas II, which saw action in the north Atlantic during the war, including ramming and sinking a German U-boat. Upon his return, he attended the University of Evansville and...

Richard "Dick" Hildebrandt, 89, of Evansville, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born November 24, 1925, in Evansville, to the late John and Jennie (Hildebrand) Hildebrandt.

Richard attended Reitz High School and at age 17, enlisted in the US Navy to serve his country in WWII. He served aboard the destroyer escort ship the USS Thomas II, which saw action in the north Atlantic during the war, including ramming and sinking a German U-boat. Upon his return, he attended the University of Evansville and Indiana University. He was also an avid sports enthusiast. At age 16 Richard was the caddy champion at the Evansville Country Club. He was also an accomplished boxer in the Evansville Golden Gloves. Throughout his life, he continued to enjoy sports by coaching others in various sports of all types and at all levels. Richard coached basketball and softball for several different churches and league teams in Evansville over the years. Also, while employed at Hoosier Cardinal he was a member of their boxing team. Richard then went to work for the US Post Office as a letter carrier and eventually in management before retiring in 1983 after 33 years of service. To keep busy following his retirement, Richard enjoyed delivering subpoenas with the Evansville Sheriff's Department for 10 years.

In 1984, Richard started the Evansville Boxing Club at C K Newsome Community Center where he coached for over 25 years. Over that time, many top caliber boxers were developed, including silver glove and golden glove champions in the state and some nationally ranked boxers. More importantly, he had a significant impact on the lives of those he coached. In 1987 he was elected by the coaches of Indiana to serve as president of the Indiana Amateur Boxing Association where he served continuously as president or vice president until 2014. In 2012, the Dick Hildebrandt Award began to be given to the team or coach in the state of Indiana who has shown the most improvement or dedication to the sport of boxing. Known and respected by the amateur boxing community throughout the state and across the country, Richard was always sought out for his advice and was always willing to help a kid, coach or team that wanted to do better.

Richard is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jeaneene; daughters, Diana Conrad of Evansville and Vicki Noland of Jacksonville, FL; stepson, Dennis (Pat) Fischer of Houston, TX; sister Shirley Parrish; niece, Pam Kingston (Mike); nephew, Doug Parrish; grandchildren, Samantha Evans (his caregiver), Cory Conrad, Randi Conrad, and Chris Ivey; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Kemper, Aly Marsh, and Isabella Ivey.

He was preceded in death by twin infant brothers.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the C K Newsome Community Center, 100 Walnut Street, Evansville, IN.

The family would like to give thanks for all their help during Richard's illness to the staff at Deaconess Clinic-Mt. Pleasant, St Mary's Home Health for their help during this extended period of time, and Heritage Hospice who made the last days of his life as comfortable as possible. And last, but not least, his caregivers over the past 4 years. They made it possible for him to be home until the end.

Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.