James William Hildebrand, 77, Bismarck, passed away January 15, 2018 at Sanford Health, Bismarck. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at Bismarck Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior the service.
Jim was born Oct. 31, 1940, in Mandan, N.D., the oldest child of Herman and Hulda Hildebrand. He was raised and educated in Beulah and received his Bachelor of Arts in music education from Concordia College in 1962, a Masters of Education from the University of North Dakota in 1968, and Doctorate of Education from UND in 1975. He taught high school and college music in Minnesota and North Dakota for more than 20years.
Jim married Connie Marie Sevalson on Jan. 2, 1972, in Grand Forks, N.D., where he continued his music teaching career while she was director of the United Hospital Social Work Department. They moved to Bismarck in 1982. After teaching, he began an insurance agency in Bismarck, which he maintained until his retirement in 2007. They raised one son, Travis James Hildebrand, currently of Minneapolis, Minn.
Jim treasured his son, performances with the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus, helping neighbors and friends whenever needed, traveling the world with family and friends, and any excuse to go dancing with Connie. He filled his family’s and friends’ lives with love and joy. All thought there would be more time together.
Grateful to have shared his life are his wife Connie and son Travis. Jim’s family members include his sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Mike Thompson of Minot, N.D. He also leaves behind eight nieces and nephews and their families.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother David Hildebrand.
Memorial donations can be made to the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus and the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra.