SMC Memorial Frank X. Hillebrand
Name: Frank X. Hillebrand
Born: July 2, 1923
Died: August 26, 2018 (95)
SMC Member: October 27, 1998 (19)
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Frank X. Hillebrand Jr., 95, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. He was born July 2, 1923, in Detroit to Francis Hillebrand and Josephine Michels Hillebrand and graduated from De La Salle Collegiate High School, University of Detroit and Walsh College. He was an automobile man from age 2, clearly recalling a leather seat belt made by a harness maker for use in his mother’s Model A. He was part of the evolution of the auto industry in Detroit, lending his accounting and management skills to many dealerships, most notably Huntington Ford, and was the owner of Hillebrand Oliver Lincoln-Mercury.
Frank was a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron and De La Salle alumni association and participated in and thoroughly enjoyed an ecumenical weekly prayer group at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.
Devoted to his family, Frank’s greatest joys and accomplishments were with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a father figure to many and put others first. Humble and kind, his family said to know him was to love him.
Frank is survived by his wife, Nancy Joyce Hillebrand; daughter, JoAnn; sons, Frank, Albert and Michael; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister, Mary Jo. He was predeceased by his daughter, Mary Patrice; sisters, Shirley and Phyllis and brother, Fr. Albert.
A funeral Mass was Aug. 31 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, with inurnment in the church’s columbarium. Donations may be made to the Capuchins at thecapuchins.org.