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Date: September 15th, 2016

Irvin Hildebrandt

February 12, 1929 – September 15, 2016


With sad hearts we announce Irvin Hildebrandt’s passing on September 15, 2016 at 87 years of age.  Irvin passed away at Bethany Care - Aspen Unit which has been his home for 4 ½ years as he battled various health issues.  He receiving exceptional personal and health care from the many staff at Bethany.  


With the knowledge that he is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior, the family is celebrating Irvin’s life. 


Irvin was born on February 12, 1929 in Bashaw, AB to his parents Michael & Karolina (Buchstein) Hildebrandt with Irvin’s only sibling, his older sister Lydia (Miller) who immigrated from Germany in 1927 homesteading in Central Alberta. 


Irvin married Adela (Schmidt) from New Sarepta beginning their family lives together on June 15, 1950 in Ferintosh, AB, as he worked their farm and was involved in many church and community activities. 


After more than 66 years of marriage, Irvin and Adela’s family include four grown children.  Alvin (Irene) from Kelowna, BC., Ken (Joanne) of Camrose, AB, Les of Ferintosh, AB and Phyllis (Michael) Mielnichuk from Calgary.  Their extended family includes 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 2 more on the way, all living in Alberta, BC and California along with many nieces and nephews.     


Irvin was very close with his older sister Lydia.  In 1986, Henry and Lydia Miller were in a fatal car crash.  Since then the 6 Miller children and their extended family had a special two-way bond with their “Uncle Irvin” and “Tanta Della”. 


In addition to his growing family and farm operations, during the 50’s & 60’s Irvin was active in the Ferintosh German Pentecostal Church.  Irvin served his community in various board leadership positions at the Bashaw General Hospital board (’77-’92), with the Evergreen Rural Electrification (’57-’97) and active in provincial politics with the Alberta Social Credit party during the 60’s. Irvin was involved in the formation of the Ferintosh Volunteer Fire Department. 


As Irvin looked beyond his farming days he started his building career in Camrose.  Starting in 1978 he built 6 homes and several apartments where they served many long term tenants.  Building and carpentry was in Irvin’s blood, which served him well when he went on 11 Operation Amigo trips to Juarez, Mexico to build out their school classrooms with furniture and cabinet finishing work. Irvin’s grandchildren all received his handmade furniture pieces to have as their memories of Grandpa.


Irvin and Adela retired from their farm in 1994 and made Camrose their new home.  They enjoyed time with their many new Camrose area friends at Campers for Christ, Full Gospel Fellowship, Camrose Pentecostal Church and Solid Rock Lutheran Church. 


A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Camrose Solid Rock Lutheran Church.  A private family internment will have taken place earlier at the Camrose Valleyview Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to Irvin’s favorite children’s charity at Global Careathon Mission.

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