Edward Hildebrand


Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2006

Juneau resident Edward Stephen Hildebrand, 80, died Nov. 14, 2006, in Tacoma, Wash.

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He was born June 3, 1926, in Tacoma and graduated from Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Wash., in January 1944. In September 1944, he joined the U.S. Army and was deployed in the European Theater under the command of Gen. George Patton.

He was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1949, he re-enlisted in the Armed Services, this time in the Navy. He served on the USS Uhlmann DD-687 during the Korean Conflict in 1951 and 1952.

The remainder of his service, until his honorable discharge in 1954, was as a storekeeper. During the break in his military service, he attended Pacific Lutheran College in Parkland, Wash., where he earned a bachelor's in business administration in January 1951. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended Tacoma Vocational Technical School in 1953 and 1954, studying radio and television broadcasting.

He married Venetta Lee Kunschak on June 13, 1953. They had two sons. In May 1958, he moved his family to Fairbanks. This began a long residence in Alaska, with the longest time being spent in Douglas, where the family moved in 1961.

He worked as a bookkeeper and manager at a number of different businesses. He also served in various government positions, including clerk and treasurer for the city of Juneau, and two terms as city councilman in Douglas. After this service, he worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and as a motorcoach commander for Princess Tours.

Family members said he loved the outdoors, especially shooting and boating. When his boys were young, he served as pack master for Cub Scout Pack 10 of Douglas.

He was a member and the paymaster of the Douglas Fourth of July Committee for many years. His face was a familiar one as he handed out coins to the winners at all of the children's races and contests on Douglas beach.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Alaska Territorial Sportsman. He was very proud of his involvement in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he served for 30 years with honors, including being named Auxiliarist of the Year in 1988 for Coast Guard Division 1.

His other affiliations included Alaska Visitors Association, American Legion, Douglas Lions Club, Douglas Volunteer Fire Department, Friends of the Museum, Gastineau Chapter of the Alaska State Firefighters Association and the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Barbe; and father, Frank Broz.

He is survived by his wife, Venetta Hildebrand; sons, Steve Hildebrand and his wife, Chris, and Mark Hildebrand and his wife, Vanessa; sister, Lillian Roller; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

He was cremated and his ashes interred at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. He was buried with military honors.

Memorial contributions can be made in Edward's name to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 1-1, c/o Jim Kennedy, 4485 Hillcrest Avenue, Juneau, Alaska 99801. An online guest book is located at www.dryermortuary.com.

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