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Published October 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

Bernard Gulbran Hilde

Bernard Gulbran Hilde, 69, of Eagle, ID died under hospice care at his home on October 16, 2013. Bernie was born July 6, 1944 into a loving farm family in the Red River Valley of Minnesota. He attended school in Borup, Minnesota. He came away with great memories of old bachelor uncles, wonderful cousins, good country cooking and a dad who was hoping that tractors wouldn’t catch on and horses would continue to be the answer.

He joined the Navy on the buddy plan right after high school graduation along with 90% (4) of his male classmates and 1 friend from Felton. Bernie spent some tough duty in Pearl Harbor where he learned that winter is not necessarily cold! He served on the USS Chipola in Vietnam and continued to stay in touch with many of his shipmates.

Bernard Gulbran Hilde

Bernard Gulbran Hilde, 69, of Eagle, ID died under hospice care at his home on October 16, 2013. Bernie was born July 6, 1944 into a loving farm family in the Red River Valley of Minnesota. He attended school in Borup, Minnesota. He came away with great memories of old bachelor uncles, wonderful cousins, good country cooking and a dad who was hoping that tractors wouldn’t catch on and horses would continue to be the answer.

He joined the Navy on the buddy plan right after high school graduation along with 90% (4) of his male classmates and 1 friend from Felton. Bernie spent some tough duty in Pearl Harbor where he learned that winter is not necessarily cold! He served on the USS Chipola in Vietnam and continued to stay in touch with many of his shipmates.

Bernie worked several places, tried out a few colleges, and ended up at the University of Montana in Missoula. This was when he started his career as a smokejumper with the US Forest Service. Bernie made the most wonderful friends and had wild adventures resulting in great tales and lots of laughter. He was very touched and pleased with all the visits, calls, and emails he received recently…proof that family does have a greater definition.

He met his soul mate, Earleen, in Silver City, NM and hauled her off to MT. They were married for 31 years minus 3 days. After Bern’s retirement they moved to Wickenburg, AZ; Leeds, UT; and Eagle, ID.

Bernie traveled all around the world a couple of times. There were some great adventures had!

Bern was a member of the National Smokejumper Association, the VFW, the American Legion, and the American Cribbage Congress.

He is survived by his wife, Earleen; brothers: Ernest and Twilla Hilde (Borup, MN), Waldo and Norma Hilde(Moorhead, MN); sister-in-law, Corrine Hilde (WA State); brother-in-law, Allen Adkins (Farmington, NM); uncle, Vernon Wang; aunt, Frances Hogenson; many dear nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and cousins. He had many friends that he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helmer and Clarice Hilde; his brother, Harvey Hilde; sister, Ellen Marie Hilde; and his cohort sister, Linda Hilde.

No services are planned. Instead Bernie requests that you take an hour or two in the next little while and buy a friend a beer or a cup of coffee and tell them a story….take a few extra minutes to listen to one of their stories, too. Stories are what hold us all together.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the National Smokejumper Association or your local American Legion. Remembrances may be left for Bernie's family at www.AccentFuneral.com.

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