Robert L. Hildebrand, 89, of Ames, died Nov. 7, 2018, at Northcrest in Ames. A celebration of life gathering will be at a later date. Burial will be at a private family service in Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Mr. Hildebrand was born in York, Neb., Dec. 18, 1928, the son of C. P. Hildebrand and Mabel Doran Hildebrand, the youngest of five sons. He graduated from the College of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska in 1950. Following graduation, he was associated with his father in the operation of the family drug store in York.
He married Janette Eloise Johnson, Feb. 4, 1951, in York, Neb., where they made their home for the next 10 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War with service in France at a U.S. Army Hospital.
In 1960, he moved his family to Ames where they owned the Clinic Pharmacy, Hildebrand Pharmacy, and the last 10 years of his 43 years as a pharmacist at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines. He retired in 1993.
Robert was a long-time member of the Ames Noon Rotary Club of which he was a past president. He was a director of the Ames United Way, the Ames Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Ames Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Ames Visiting Nurses.
Robert served as the president of the Nebraska Pharmaceutical Association in 1958. He was a chairman of the House of Delegates of the Iowa Pharmacist Association in 1969. He was a deacon and elder for his church. He was a member of the American Legion and Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
He is survived by his four children: one daughter, Mary Hildebrand, of Harrisonburg, Va., and three sons, Thomas B., of N. Sioux City, S.D., David A. (Marilyn), of Sammimish, Wash., Bradley D. (Marcia), of Plymouth, Minn.; and nine beloved grandchildren, Sara, Melanie, Annie, Brian, Emily, Amy, Kate, Isaac and Scott.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and four brothers.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Heartwood House Northcrest Community 1801 20th St., Ames, IA, 50010.