Dr. Thomas Joe "Tom" Hildebrand, Ret. MSG US Army Special Forces
|Father: Marvin Ray Hildebrand|
|Mother: JoAnn ( Christopher ) Hildebrand|
|Marital Status: Married|
|Resided in: Tom had lived in the Monticello, Indiana, area for the last ten years, coming from Seymour, Indiana.|
|Funeral Date: Saturday, September 04, 2021|
|Funeral Location: 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021, Celebration of Life Service will be at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 10792, N. County Road 210 E., Seymour, Indiana, 47274|
|Clergy: Pastor Steve Wood of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Seymour, Indiana.|
|Burial will take place:
St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery (Borchers) in Seymour, Indiana . |
|Visitation will be:
11:00 a.m., to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 10792 N. County Road 210 E., Seymour, Indiana, 47274. ***** A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held at a later date. ***** |
Tom grew up on a farm in Seymour, Indiana with his three siblings, Tony, David and Diane.
After graduating from Seymour High School in 1977, Tom joined the US Army Special Forces. Tom trained to be a Special Forces medic and paramedic and was also a weapons expert, ski instructor, Army Ranger and much more. The Army wanted him to go to West Point, but Special Forces was where Tom wanted to be. Tom traveled the world on different Special Forces A Teams and served as a Team SGT for a detachment. Tom was stationed in Lebanon and Somalia. He helped Kurdish refugees escape danger over mountainous territory during Desert Storm in Iraq and ran a field hospital. A lot of what he did for our country is not known publicly or shareable.
Tom completed his Associates degree while serving in Iraq and was selected by his school to be included in that year’s Who’s Who in American College Students. His wife of almost 33 years (Penny) accepted his diploma because he was still deployed.
In 1997 Tom and Penny traveled to Russia to adopt their son Evan whom he loved dearly. Tom was a Medical Officer for the Boy Scouts while Evan was in grade school.
Tom went on to obtain a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University and serve as a Hospice Volunteer while in school. He then studied medicine at the Charles University First Faculty of Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic for six years. His family was there with him in Prague. Tom spoke Czech and a couple of other languages.
Next to Special Forces, Tom loved his job as the White County Veterans Service Officer, which he held for almost 10 years. He was dedicated to the military community and their families and initiated and championed several programs such as van transportation to get veterans to their medical appointments and he supported the PTSD program and held a Commanders Meeting for all the veterans clubs each month. Tom also helped organize Veterans Day and Memorial Day programs for the county and school system and promoted having a Veterans Court program in White County. Many of you reading this know first-hand how he helped veterans and families in need.
Tom always went above and beyond to leave no veteran or their families behind. It has been said that Tom took care of his veterans before himself. Because of his dedication and medical background, Tom was very successful in helping veterans with their claims and medical issues.
At the time of his death, Tom was the Mary T Klinker Chapter 27 Disabled American Veterans Commander and a member of many other veterans clubs, including the Special Forces Association.
|Special Services: Full Military Rites will be conducted at the St. Paul Cemetery in Seymour, Indiana.|
|Memorial Information: Memorials may be given to the Family. Envelopes will be available at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Seymour, Indiana, or can be mailed to the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home, 6368 E. US 24, Monticello, Indiana, 47960.|
|Marriage Information: On December 16, 1989, in Harvard. Massachusetts, he married Penelope "Penny" A. Brigham; she survives.|
|Survivors include: |
Penelope "Penny" Brigham of Monticello, Indiana;
Thomas "Evan" Hildebrand of Terre Haute, Indiana;
JoAnn McKain of Seymour, Indiana;
Four (4) Beloved Dogs,
One (1) Brother,
David (wife Cathy) Hildebrand of Seymour, Indiana;
One (1) Sister,
Diane Whiting of California;
One (1) Nephew,
Logan (wife Destinee) Whiting of California;
Five (5) Nieces,
Kailee (husband Tim) Bowman of Fort Wayne, Indiana,
Rachel Hildebrand of Seymour, Indiana,
McKenna Whiting of California,
McKaia Whiting of California, and
Lori Hildebrand of Jerome, Idaho;
Many Cousins and Friends.
|Preceded in Death: |
Marvin Ray Hildebrand;
One (1) Brother,
Tony Ray Hildebrand;
One (1) Son,
David Joseph Hildebrand;
Five (5) Beloved Dogs,
|Arrangements by: |
Winklepleck & Brock Funeral Home, 320 N. High Street, Brownstown, Indiana, 47220 (812) 358-4303.