Jerome 'Jerry" Hildebrandt

February 14, 1937 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Jerome 'Jerry" Hildebrandt Obituary

The funeral service for Jerome “Jerry “ Hildebrandt, 86, a longtime rural Stewartville, MN area farmer and resident will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 29, 2023, at the Stewartville United Methodist Church with Rev. Laura Nordstrom officiating. A burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Jerome died on Thursday, December 14, 2023, surrounded by his loving family, from complications of a lengthy illness, at Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester, where he had been a resident

since 2020.

Jerome Garfield Hildebrandt was born February 14, 1937, in Faribault, MN to Jerome Sr. and Clara (Gunderson) Hildebrandt. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Kenyon schools, graduating from Kenyon HS in 1955. He attended the University of Minnesota earning a bachelor's degree in Soil Science and a minor in Economics, graduating in 1959. Jerome was married to the love of his life, Ferrolyn McCusker on June 27, 1959, at Vasa Lutheran Church in Vasa, MN. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Nerstrand, Pipestone and Rochester MN before moving to their farmstead in rural Stewartville in 1969, where they raised their children, farmed and lived for many years. Jerome was employed with the Soil and Water Conservation Service in Olmsted County for 30 years and with Dean Witter in Rochester as a financial advisor for a few years. He was employed as a feedlot compliance inspector with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the County of Winona and enjoyed getting to know many area farmers for 10 years. After his final retirement he drove a shuttle van for Luther Motors and Rochester Ford. Ferrolyn was a homemaker and was employed at First National Bank and Boyum Foods in Stewartville and as a staff accountant at Alan Anderson CPA in Rochester. After selling their farm to their son and family, they moved to Shorewood Commons in Rochester in 2019 and Jerome moved to Cottagewood in 2020 at which time Ferrolyn moved to their home in Stewartville.


Jerome was a longtime active member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church and was one of many that helped build the new church building in 1992 through many hours of volunteer work and camaraderie with fellow church members. He was also a member of the Stewartville Lions Club, Soil Conservation Services of America and Minnesota Retirement Assn. He and Ferrolyn helped establish the Interstate Hi-Flyers 4-H Club and loved helping their kids with their projects. A highlight of the year was the annual Hildebrandt Family Vacation up north over the 4th of July.  He enjoyed fishing, farming, singing in the church choir, traveling, playing games and cards with friends and family. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jerome is survived by his wife – Ferrolyn, 2 daughters - Cathy (Mike) Podein of Stewartville; Chris (Mitch) Scrabeck of Dayton, MN; 2 sons - Doug (Jill) Hildebrandt of Stewartville; and David (Denise) Hildebrandt of rural Stewartville. He is survived by his 9 grandchildren - Joy (Josh) Harris, Josh (Kayla) Podein, Andrew Scrabeck, Bridget (Dan) Anderson, Jesanna (Danny) Fisher, Kyle (Blair) Hildebrandt, Kaylyn Hildebrandt, Corrie Hildebrandt, Carlie Hildebrandt as well as 10 great grandchildren – Britney, Emily, Landon, Brooks, Parker, Gannon, Brecken, Lane, Finley and Harper. He is also survived by 2 sisters - Arolyne Hackett of Hastings MN and Mary (John) Radkte of  Nerstrand, MN; As well as in-laws - Wally Erickson, Judy (Duane) Holt, Cynthia Gianoli and Martha McCusker, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bill Hildebrandt mother and father-in-law - Leroy and Mabel McCusker, 2 sister-in-laws - Carole Hildebrandt, Dearie Erickson and 3 brother-in-laws - Leo Hackett, Leroy McCusker and Dennis Gianoli.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at Stewartville United Methodist Church and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning, December 29, 2023. A live stream of the funeral service is available at

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December 28, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Stewartville United Methodist Church (Rochester)

Funeral Service
December 29, 2023

10:00 AM
Stewartville United Methodist Church (Stewartville)


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