Colonel Kenneth F. Hill

March 8, 1924 - August 30, 2020
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Colonel Kenneth F. Hill, age 96, of New Philadelphia, died peacefully, Sunday, August 30, 2020, in Hennis Care Centre at Dover while under the care of Community Hospice.

Ken was born in his family’s Goshen Valley home on March 8, 1924, a son of the late Howard Richard and Hazel Ruby (Heffelfinger) Hill.

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Colonel Kenneth F. Hill, age 96, of New Philadelphia, died peacefully, Sunday, August 30, 2020, in Hennis Care Centre at Dover while under the care of Community Hospice.

Ken was born in his family’s Goshen Valley home on March 8, 1924, a son of the late Howard Richard and Hazel Ruby (Heffelfinger) Hill.

Ken was a 1942 graduate of the former Midvale High School and was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps on February 5, 1943.

Following the completion of his pilot’s training, Ken served as a B-24 pilot in the Flying Tigers of the 14th Air Force in China during World War II. His numerous awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and a Presidential Unit Citation with four battle stars. He served as an active US Air Force Reservist during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and progressed through the ranks as a reservist until his official retirement as a Colonel on March 8, 1984.

On June 26, 1943, while stationed as an Aviation Cadet at Maxwell Field, Alabama, Ken married the former Wilma Aileen Nation. Together, the couple had six children and celebrated 75 years of marriage prior to Aileen’s passing on August 14, 2018.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Ken joined Illinois Power, Babcock & Wilcox and Allied Machine & Engineering where he worked in the Quality Assurance field. Upon his second retirement, Ken traded in his daily work life for an RV; and with Aileen and their dogs at his side, they traveled throughout the United States. He was an avid fan of hunting and fishing, loved anything mechanical, and had taken the time to trace his family lineage back to the year 788. Ken was also a life member of the VFW and the Air Force Association.

Ken is survived by his sons, Kenneth (Rose Marie) Hill, Jr. of Merritt Island, Florida, Dan A. (Richard Ross) Hill of Sugar Land, Texas, Ronald Hill of Columbus and daughters, Kathleen (James) Green of Kimbolton and Darleen Grimm of Uhrichsville; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ken was preceded in death by an infant brother and sister; a daughter, Marleen Ballentine; and a brother, Howard Hill.

In keeping with Ken’s wishes, cremation has taken place. It was the wish of both he and Aileen that a joint service celebrating their lives be held. Guests are welcome to greet the family in the Sharon Moravian Church Cemetery on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 10:30 – 11:00 AM where Pastor Brian Flood will lead the joint celebration of life and committal service for the Hill’s at 11:00 AM. In recognition of Ken’s tenured service with the United States Air Force, Military Honors will be rendered.

Memorial contributions in Ken’s name may be directed to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021

Time: 10:30 am

End Time: 11:00 am

Sharon Moravian Church Cemetery

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4776 Moravian Church Road SE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Sharon Moravian Church Cemetery

Address:

4776 Moravian Church Road SE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: March 8, 1924
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Debbie Lightfoot posted on 5/6/21

Uncle Kenny and Aunt Aileen , You will always live in my heart and memories . You were the best Aunt and Uncle any one could ask for . To all my cousins and their children and all the great and great great grandchildren , your all in my prayers and heart ?? I wanted so much to be at their services but I’m still in Ga . May God embrace each and Every one of you . Rest In Peace together and Thank you for your service uncle Kenny . Love your niece Debbie Hill Lightfoot

 

Ban and Bobbie Ballentine posted on 5/5/21

With deepest sympathy in honor of two very special people, Ken and Aileen Hill, with treasured memories. Remember many special fishing trips. Memories will remain of both of them through the lives of their grandchildren and great grandchildren! God bless all of the family.

 

Jo Fesler posted on 5/5/21

It has been many years since I went to school at Goshen with the children of Mr. & Mrs. Hill. As I read about his life he served his country very well and I'm sure you were all proud. May he rest in peace with your Mom. A former classmate at Goshen, Jo Moore (Fesler)

 

Lloyd and Mary Jo Hanlon posted on 4/27/21

We worked with Ken at Allied and enjoyed talking and working with him. He had a great sense of humor and lived an interesting life. We pray that your memories of him comfort you during this time.

 

Mike Patrick posted on 4/26/21

Worked with Ken at Allied, great guy. Thoughts and prayers.

 

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 4/23/21

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Col. Kenneth F. Hill, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Air Corps Veteran, Col. Kenneth F. Hill, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

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