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Charles Hildebrandt, 76, of Brookings died in his home on April 6, 2012. Funeral services will be held at First Lutheran Church of Brookings at 2:00pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Burial will be at First Lutheran Cemetery in Brookings. Pastor Dave Schoeld will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, April 9, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.
Charles Anton Hildebrandt was born September 15, 1935 in Madison, SD. He was the third son of Paul and Susan (Gulde) Hildebrandt. He grew up on a farm in the Madison-Colman area. He attended public school at General Beadle in Madison. He continued working of the family farm while driving tanker trucks to the surrounding farms for the Community Oil Company out of Brookings.
On February 15, 1959 Charles married Garnet Maxine Hanson. The couple lived briefly in Brookings before moving to Sioux Falls, where Charles worked multiple jobs.
On December 6, 1960 Charles was involved in an automobile accident that resulted in the loss of the use of his legs. While in rehab in Oklahoma, he earned a degree in accounting from Oklahoma State Tech. During this time he became a lifelong fan of the Oklahoma Sooners. He also began assembling model cars, which he would display for the rest of his life.
Following Charles’ graduation, he and his family returned to the rural Brookings area. The family moved to the city of Brookings in the fall of 1968, where he began operating a telephone answering service. A couple years later Charles began working as a self-employed tax preparer, a job he would hold for nearly half a century.
Charles had many interests. He enjoyed collecting toy tractors and attending toy tractor shows. He attended several car shows and was an avid NASCAR racing and Minnesota Vikings football fan. He also loved spending time with his family.
Charles is survived by Garnet, his wife of 53 years; two children, a son Rodney (Virginia) Hildebrandt of Bloomington, MN and a daughter, Deb (William) Richardson of Afton, IA; two grandchildren, Ian and Emma Richardson; one brother, Donald of Brookings and many other nieces, nephews and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Robert and Paul Jr.