HILDRETH, Neb. — Joe Hitchcock, 89, of Hildreth, Neb. died on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at the Franklin County Hospital in Franklin.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth with the Revs. Patti and Steve Byrnes officiating. Burial will be in the Hildreth Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Jelden-Craig Funeral Home in Hildreth on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Joe Hitchcock was born on Oct. 26, 1923, in Bellaire, Kan. to Harry and Myrtle (Chance) Hitchcock. He later served in the Air Force.
He married Leona Hemje on June 12, 1949, in Hildreth.
He worked at both the Mobile Gas Service in Hildreth and Olson Brothers Land Leveling. He was also a mechanic and service manager for John Deere in Minden. He farmed, raised hogs, catered and drove school bus for the Hildreth Public Schools.
He enjoyed building and fixing things. He was a member of the Hildreth Lions Club, had been a member of the Hildreth Vol. Fire Dept. and was active in the community.
He is survived by his three sons, Thomas (Susie) Hitchcock of Huron, John Hitchcock of Hildreth and Michael Hitchcock of Hastings; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; special friend, Sheryl Mullins of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; two sisters, Dorothy Hunter and Eva Glenn both of Red Cloud, Neb.; brother in-law, Melvin Hemje of Hildreth and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona, who died in 1990; sister, Imogene Halbert; brothers, Fern, Elvin, Fred, Harold and James; and one granddaughter.
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