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Bob Hildenbrand Is This Week's Hometown Hero

In some cases a community can feel more like a family. In Warrick County, one man is known for always finding something to work on.

Posted: Oct 3, 2020 10:50 PM

In some cases a community can feel more like a family.

In Warrick County, one man is known for always finding something to work on.

"He always has a project in the works," says Dennis McVey, Knights of Columbus. "If there's something he can do, he's out doing it."

Bob Hildenbrand was born in Evansville, but now spends much of his time giving back throughout Warrick County.

Since childhood, Bob learned hard work from his parents and grandparents.

"I painted walls, if I didn't paint I cleaned floors, or do odd jobs all through my life," says Hildenbrand. "All the people in my life, they were teaching you how to do it."

Those lessons he carried with him to adulthood, passing his knowledge on whenever his handy work is needed, and that's quite often in the small community.

"Dozens, dozens in the 10 years I've known him," says McVey.

For the last three decades, Bob has been a member with the Knights of Columbus contributing to projects at several churches, is a 4-H leader, and volunteered his time with renovating the Civitan Clubhouse working with future generations.

"It's all about helping the kids," says Hildenbrand. "These kids out here, every little thing you show them, they suck it up and it's really neat to get them started on something, walk away, and they take care of it."

A small act, going a long way in his community.

"While he is working and mentoring other people, he's teaching and imparting to them maybe how they should operate in their life and how they can contribute to others," says McVey.

And for Bob Hildenbrand, his labor of love, is also just an honest days work.

"Like they say, you're only going to pass here one time and I'm 80 and the hard thing is when you turn 80 you've got a 30 year old mind, and an 80 year old body," says Hildenbrand. "That's kind of a bind there. I do what I can do. And the guys around me do what we can do. And we get it done."

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