James Kenneth (Keni) Hilderbrand passed away at his home on October 28, 2015. He was born June 1 2· 1940 in Rogersville, Missouri. In 1943 the family moved to Oroville, Wash. where he attended school until he graduated in 1958 from OHS. While there, he loved all sports and excelled in basketball, receiving scholarship offers from WSU and CWU.
Following graduation, he worked in the orchards until moving to Kennewick, where he enjoyed a 20 year career working for the United Parcel Service. In 1982, he moved to Seattle and opened a successful air freight business, eventually retiring from Del’s Truck Rentals in 1992.
He was a man with an insatiable sense of humor, a love for his kids, Seahawks, and the number one lady in his life, his Shih Tzu Suzie. Ken also enjoyed telling and retelling stories of his hunting trips, life growing up in Oroville, and stories of his friends and family. There were so
many important people in Ken’s life. He will be greatly missed by all of them and all of those that lived for his laughter and waited for him to take his camera out of his pocket. He was one of the most loyal individuals you could ever meet. Heaven is lucky to have such a kind, caring, positive, and ever so happy man.
He is survived by his sister Pat (Gary) Nelson, brothers Bob (Sandy) and Bill and their families; his children, Mark (Michele) of Gig Harbor, Michele (Willy) Boehnke of Kennewick, Clare (CJ) Bantog of Olympia and Tony of Centralia, stepchildren Kim (Rob) Sanafrek of Bozeman, Mont., Todd (Shannon) Antepenko of Gilroy, Calif. and Brad Antepenko of Bremerton, 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents Arlie and Josephine, brother Jerry Lee (Zeke), and wife, Norma.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service; private inurnment will take place at a later date at the Oroville Riverview Cemetery. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at Cedar Lawn Funeral Home Redmond.