Hilbrandt, Dale A., Hemlock, Michigan

Passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at age of 84. He died doing what he loved, working to keep his property free of brush. Dale was born December 31, 1929, in Saginaw, Michigan. He was the son of the late John L. and Sabina E. (Kern) Hilbrandt. Dale was Baptized, Confirmed, and attended grade school at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1947. He went to work in residential construction for his brother-in-law after finishing high school. On May 2, 1959, Dale married Ruth E. Diener at Zion Lutheran Church in Hemlock. She predeceased him on March 25, 1988. In 1960, Dale went into business for himself. He was a self-employed builder until fully retiring in 2007 after 60 years working in the business. He kept his builders license active until 2013. Dale worked as a caretaker for Richland Lutheran Cemetery in Hemlock. He started in 1988 and served until 2014 for a total of 27 years. Dale was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hemlock. Surviving are: Sons Mark Hilbrandt of Freeland, Paul Hilbrandt of Hemlock, Kurt (Lynn) Hilbrandt of Hemlock, Daughter-in-law Sarah Hilbrandt of Hemlock, Grandsons Jordan, Jacob and Brandon Hilbrandt, Sister-in-law Ruth Hilbrandt of Saginaw. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth, and seven brothers and sisters and their spouses: Albert (Mary) Hilbrandt, Thusnelda (Samuel) Yearsley, Mabel (Russell) Harris, Vera (George) Mozader, George Hilbrandt, Infant Margaret Hilbrandt and Stillborn baby Mary Hilbrandt. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hemlock. The Rev. Dr. William Morris will officiate. Burial will be in Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Hemlock. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Wakeman Funeral Home, Inc., 1218 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, and then on Wednesday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Peter Lutheran Church Building Fund or Lutheran Hour Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri. Memories and sympathies of Dale may be shared with the family on his memorial website at WakemanFuneralHome.com.