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Rodney Aaron Hildebrand, age 81, son of William Washington and Eva Mahala (Cooper) Hildebrand, was born June 29, 1930 in Evening Shade, MO. He passed away on May 24, 2012 in the Christian Health & Rehab, Hermitage, MO.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters: Elmer Hildebrand, Otto Hildebrand, Stella Hildebrand, Etta Hildebrand Rampani, Christena Hildebrand Routh, Iris Hildebrand Clark, Clearance Hildebrand, Dorsey Hildebrand and Paul Hildebrand.

He is survived by one sister, Agnes Hildebrand Eastin and numerous nieces, nephews and friends made through the years.

Rodney grew up in the Long Hollow community, attending the Long Hollow School during his elementary years and also the Long Hollow church.

He served in the U.S. Army from May 1952 to February 1954 and was deployed to Korea. He received several medals, 3 of them Bronze Service Stars.

Rodney worked for the U. S. Forest Service. He enjoyed his job and found great pleasure working with the Youth Crew in the summer, instructing them and just having fun. He often went to the schools to give presentations on the forest and wildlife.

He had a wonderful vegetable and flower garden. He took pride in knowing each plant and also was generous in sharing his bounty, whether something to eat or a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

Rodney was an outdoorsman. He loved being out in the open, whether it was hunting or fishing.  However, he also had a love for old western movies, often in the evenings sitting back and relaxing watching the “oldies”.  He was always welcoming company, and enjoyed playing a game of cards.

Rodney will be missed by those who knew and loved him best.

Services were Wed. May 30, at 11 AM in Roby Baptist Church. Pastor Brock Davis officiated, with burial in the Long Hollow Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jerry Routh, Duane Routh, Gary Eastin, Dale Eastin, David Rampani, Dennis Hildebrand, Steve Rampani, and Roy Hildebrand.

Family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Long Hollow Cemetery. On-line condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

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