January 21, 1947 ~ October 10, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Jim Hildebrandt, 74, born on Jan. 21, 1947 in Pueblo, Colo. and passed away on Oct, 10, 2021 following a lengthy illness. Preceded in death by parents, Rex and Dorothy Hildebrandt. Survived by his wife of over 50 years, Suzanne; children, Bonnie and James, (Michelle); grandson, Chase; two sisters, three nephews and a niece. Following graduation from Central High School, Jim enlisted in the Navy where he met his wife, who also served in the Navy. Jim was a true entrepreneur. He worked at Rocky Mountain Steel Mills before leaving to own and operate Renegade Royale. He later opened a second store on Pueblo’s eastside and owned Diamond Jim’s Bar and a smoke shop. Jim had a close circle of friends he retained since middle school and was known for his quick wit and generous spirit. Affectionately known as Diamond Jim, he was a passionate and well-known competitive billiards player, having played both locally and in Las Vegas. Cremation has already taken place. In his memory, and to celebrate his skill and passion for billiards, a reception will be held on Saturday, Nov.6, from 1 to 5, at the Classic Q, 1715 South Prairie.

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Memorial Service: November 6, 2021 1:00 pm

Classic Q
1715 S. Prairie Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004

719-542-1552

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  1. Susie,
    I regret to learn of Jim’s passing. I was just thinking about him the other day as I was reminiscing about our early days as a young AZ’s stationed at NAF Andrews AFB. I have such fond memories of our time and activites at Andrews with Ron McCracken, Doug Henegar, Jim Oechsler to name a few. I do remember you as a young lady. Where does time go. FYI, I retired from the Navy in 1994 after 35 years active duty as a CDR (Aviation Maint) and then went with General Dynamics for another 21 years. My wife Becky and I live in Orange Park, FL. After receiving my commission, I stayed with the Jet Aviation Community. I had a great career. To say the least, I am getting old but am holding my own. I did have a triple bypass in 2017 plus a few other things. But I am still kicking. Be safe and if you remember me give me a shout out. My Cell is (904) 910-6366. Email is brcar1@comcast.net. Bruce Carawon Sends

  2. So, so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I went to school with Jim since grade school. He was always just such a ‘kick in the pants.’ Just a whole lot of fun to be around. I really wish we could have had one more class reunion with him. It was always good to see him and catch up. I’m sure he will be terribly missed by Suzanne and his family. Rest in peace my friend.

  3. I met Jim at Central when he sat behind me in one of my classes. Always had a fun and teasing type of friendship. He’d brag about being one of the “oldest” kids in Central’s class of ‘65 because his birthday was January 21. Then I had the pleasure of telling him I was born January 20 so I was older than him and would get my driver’s license one day sooner! Jim was one of the best things about Central. Love you, my friend, always have, always will. Rest in sweet peace, Diamond Jim ❤️❤️❤️

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