Alfons Hilbert, 86, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at his home on February 23, 2018. He was born June 3, 1931 to Nick and Helen (Rudinger) Hilbert in Mayville. Al grew up as a farm boy in Mayville, WI and had a strong interest in machinery and hog production. His interests on the farm lead him to pursue a life-long career in agriculture. On June 16, 1951, he married Betty Leeg in Madison who preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 2006.
After high school, Al studied at the University Wisconsin - Madison where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree. During college, he worked as a laboratory technician in a dairy plant. He later became a high school agriculture teacher at Brussels High School for five years and then moved, as a result of redistricting, to teach Vocational Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Southern Door County Schools. While teaching at Southern Door, he went on to earn his Master of Science Degree.
Al served as president of the United Way of Door County, and also served for seventeen years as a director and chairman of the Door County Zoning Board of Adjustments. In post- retirement, he served six years as a member of the College Board of Trustees for the Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College. He actively participated with many other local and community organizations in the Southern Door area and greater Door County for over 50 years.
Al was fortunate to have enjoyed a long, productive retirement sailing the Green Bay waters, bowling, gardening and improving his honesty with golf scoring.
Survivors include his children, Dave (Jill) Hilbert, Middleton; Mary (David) Hartford, Cotopaxi, CO; Jack (Monica) Hilbert, Sturgeon Bay; Tom (Roxie) Hilbert, Sturgeon Bay; Lee Hilbert (Denise Thuot), Oxnard, CA: 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister Helen Reabe, Waupun; sister-in- law Mary Hilbert, Mayville. Those departing before him include: Betty, his wife of 54 years, his parents Nick and Helen Hilbert and eight siblings.
Al’s family asks that his many friends, colleagues and former students remember him in their own way and that we all cherish the memories of good and better times.
Funeral Services will be private with entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhome.com