Ludvig Luvene Hilde, 88, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, in Sunnyside.
He was born Aug. 16, 1920 in Wheelock, N.D. in his grandparent's kitchen, the third child of Ludvig and Eline Hilde, joining brother Leroy and sister Sophie. His father passed away one month before he was born.
In his early years, he would accompany his mother as she worked as a school bus driver, by horse and wagon, taking children to and from school. He talked of taking the horse and wagon to load firewood, of the threshing teams, of his love of his family and the companionship of his cousins.
At the age of 16, Luvene and his mother left North Dakota, moving to western Washington. There he attended and graduated from Columbia Academy in Battleground. He also attended Walla Walla College before moving to Seattle.
While living in Seattle, he met Barbara Hampton, and after a whirlwind courtship of three months, they were married. They spent the next 66 years together until her passing four and a half months ago.
Luvene and Barbara lived in various parts of Washington and Oregon, but always considered Sedro Woolley to be their real home. He had many occupations in his early life, working as a logger and a log truck driver, as a delivery man for a bakery, a dairy farmer and a truck driver for his brother's sand and gravel company. During World War II he served in the Merchant Marine, ferrying much needed supplies to military bases.
Luvene and Barbara had a large family and in 1956, at the age of 37, he decided that he needed to go back to school so that they would be able to provide a better life and Christian education for their children. He started his prerequisites and immediately saw miracles and prayers answered since the chemistry test that was only being given on the Sabbath - and for which he should have failed his chemistry classes for attending church instead of school - was later administered to him on a one-to-one basis. Passing that course enabled him to enter the school of nursing in National City, Calif. He and his wife and five daughters moved there in 1958, and he graduated in 1961. During the three-year nursing course, two sons were added to the family. After finishing his education there, they moved to Madison, Tenn. where he continued his studies and became a certified registered nurse anesthetist, completing that course in 1963. While in Tennessee, their third son completed their family.
After school he practiced his occupation in Columbia, Tenn., Hialeah, Fla. and Genena, Ill. Always they longed to return to the Northwest and home. When an employment opportunity was found at Central Memorial Hospital in Toppenish in 1966, they eagerly returned to Washington. He later accepted a job opening in Sunnyside at Valley Memorial Hospital and worked there until 1981. He then made the move to Walla Walla, where he worked at the VA Hospital until his retirement at age 70. His work ethics have influenced his own children in their own choices of life, work and how they approach their occupations.
They returned home to Outlook to enjoy retirement and his days were filled with gardening, doing lawn maintenance for his church and caring for his wife. As her health and eyesight waned, he spent hours reading to her and when they found a book they especially enjoyed, they would read late into the night and early morning. He said he had asked God to let him live long enough to take care of mom until she didn't need his care anymore. God honored that request and has now taken him to rest also.
He had a strong beautiful voice and was well known for his musical contributions to church services, weddings, celebrations and at home. He often accompanied himself and others with his guitar and harmonica. He was a lover of Christian music and of early country music, enjoying the likes of the Sons of the Pioneers, and Gene Autry. He loved singing with his family and all of his children were encouraged to be involved in music. He and Barbara would travel for miles to have the opportunity to hear their children perform in music concerts.
He was a creative person and kept much of the home furniture serviceable with his skills at re-upholstery. He was a talented carpenter, making additions and remodels to homes they lived in. He was skilled at leather crafting and was a master gardener, providing produce that would see the family through the winter months.
He was a lifelong member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, serving humbly in any way he was asked. His devotion to family, church and his God were evident daily. His life has been a constant witness and testimony of his love for his Lord and of his desire for others to have the same kind of relationship with God that he enjoyed. His emotions were most evident as he lifted his voice in prayer. He was a gentle, compassionate, loving husband and father, whose Christian life was an example to all. His answer to many things was "A soft answer turneth away wrath."
He is survived by his children, JoAnne (John) Rea of Huntley, Mont., Beth (Mel) Peterson of Elburn, Ill., Sue (Wes) Underwood of Grandview, Pam Baumgartner and Kevin Hilde of College Place, Patrice (Abraham) Carcagno of Outlook, Keith Hilde of Richland and Jeff (Dena) Hilde of Auburn; his sister, Sophie Ludden, of Loma Linda, Calif.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Karl and Donna Hampton of Bigfork, Mont.; 26 grandchildren; and 30 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; his father, Ludvig Hilde; his mother, Eline Hilde; his brother, Leroy Hilde; sister-in-law, Louise Classing; brother-in-law, Hartley Ludden; son-in-law, Ed Baumgartner; grandson, Kevin Underwood; and great-grandson, Christopher Hilton.
Funeral services were held today, Feb. 9, 2009, at the Sunnyside Seventh-Day Adventist Church, with burial at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to Three Angels Broadcasting Network, P.O. Box 220, West Frankfort, IL 62896. Those wishing to share their memories or sign Luvene's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.