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    Frank O. Hildebrand, age 83, of Lamar, Missouri went home to be with the Lord Thursday, March 17, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.

     Frank was born February 6, 1933 in Wyandotte, Oklahoma, one of the eight children of Sam and Alice (Harris) Hildebrand.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Pauline (Hildebrand) Keffer.

     On May 26, 1957, at Prescott, Kansas, Frank married the love of his life, Shirley Elliott, and she survives of the home.  Also surviving are four daughters, Lori (Joey) Matlock, Nixa, Missouri, Amber (Curtis) Russell, Redfield, Kansas, Gina Worthington, Gunnison, Colorado, and Jill (Damon) Hall, Lamar; three brothers, Norman Hildebrand, Quapaw, Oklahoma, Sam (Delores) Hildebrand, Claremore, Oklahoma, and Marvin (Florence) Hildebrand, Mannford, Oklahoma; three sisters, Georgia Gettle, Shawnee, Oklahoma, Ola Mae Ward and Roma (Orvall) Qualls of Wyandotte; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a large extended family; and many close friends.

     In 1950, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving eight of his ten year tour of duty in foreign and sea service in Korea and Japan.  He then joined the U.S. Army, serving another ten years before retiring from the military in 1970.  Settling his family in Fort Scott, Kansas, Frank worked as a conductor for the Frisco Railroad for 13 years, then as a service coordinator for Tri Valley, retiring in 1994.  Moving to Grove, Oklahoma, he was able to enjoy fishing and spending time on the lake with family while still serving others in his role as Elder of the Wyandotte Nation. Frank and Shirley moved to Lamar in 2014 to be near family as his health declined. Frank’s priorities of “God, Family, Country” were genuine and obvious throughout his life.  Always faithful church workers wherever they made their home, Frank and Shirley appreciated the fellowship of their First Baptist Church family in Lamar.  Frank cherished Shirley, adored his girls, and loved every minute spent with his grandkids and great-grands.  Pride in his heritage and his country was evident in Frank’s service in the Grove American Legion and Wyandotte Nation Color Guard.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 21st at First Baptist Church in Lamar.  A graveside committal service with full military honors will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Monday at Wyandotte Indian Cemetery.

     The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 20th at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in care of the funeral home.

Comments  

#7 Overbrook, KansasJean Gilmore 2016-03-31 06:58
As a teacher at Fort Scott Junior High/Middle School, I remember four lovely young ladies. Hold on to your memories and share them. Deepest sympathy.
#6 Pleasanton, KsDonna Thomas 2016-03-22 11:57
Shirley, I am so sorry for your loss. I know your girls will be a wonderful support system for you. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
#5 Greenfield, MissouriJo Ellen Branstetter-Hall 2016-03-21 17:33
Dear Shirley and girls,
I was so sad to hear of Frank's passing. I know you are simultaneously devastated by the tremendous loss and rejoicing that Frank has arrived in his heavenly home. I remember when Frank would come by the Health Department and I thought you were such a beautiful couple with a beautiful family. Marriages like yours are rare-true soul mates you were to each other... and you still are... and will one day reunite forever and ever. I pray God gives you strength and His peace. Much love to you, Lori, Amber, Gina, and Jill and all the family.
#4 Topeka, Ks.Joyce Walrod Worcester 2016-03-20 10:29
Shirley, I was so surprised and saddened to hear of Frank's passing. It has been years since we have seen each other, but I remember so many things of working with you at the Western. You were going to meet Frank in Hawaii and Tony was in Germany at the time. You lived in a mobile home and only had 3 girls then, but I met the 4th one in Texas when I drove down to see everyone. I recall you working as the Bourbon County Health Nurse and I always thought how intelligent, organized & strong you were, handling so much in life and with a family.
Today, I feel the same way because I know He has always been your companion and leader. God is always preparing us, we just don't know what for. If He has brought you to it, He will see you through it. AMEN! This is really when our strength is tested, when we are on our own again, but this time, the girls bring all of their strengths to MOM. Lean on them, lean on each other. Be sure to take time for yourself and recall by yourself the amazing life you had with Frank. Sit on a bench and just talk out loud to Frank, you aren't silly, you are remembering your inter most precious thoughts with the man who loved you so deeply for many years. May all the wonderful memories you have sustain you through this difficult time.
You and the girls will be in my thoughts & prayers.
Blessings to a dear old friend.
Joyce ^j^
#3 Oshksoh, WIMarvin Hildebrand II 2016-03-19 20:51
My prayers and thoughts go to all of Uncle Frank's family.
#2 Grove, OKFrank & Evelyn Houck 2016-03-19 12:56
We are sorry to learn of Frank's passing, having so enjoyed being neighbors in Whispering Pines area of Grand Lake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Shirley and family. God will see you through this tough time, as he does all of us.
#1 Grove, OKPastor Jim Paslay 2016-03-18 13:31
We were saddened to hear about the passing of Frank. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and the family. May God comfort you during this time of loss.

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