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FRED HILL Obituary
Fred was born the youngest of 3 children in Mojave, Ca to Fred and Ada Hill, and was welcomed in to a Pioneer Family of Kern County being a 4th generation Kern Countian. His Great Grandfather was the original builder and proprietor of Democrat Hot Springs in the Kern River Canyon and he and all his family were proud to be from here. Educated in Bakersfield, he worked as a young man in the mountains of Kern County and met Virginia Olds, another member of a Pioneer Family of Woody, Ca and they raised 3 sons while residing in Glennville, Ca. Fred worked for the Kern County Road Department, and then became employed with the Kern County Fire Department as a heavy equipment operator fighting fire all over the state throughout his career. Well respected and thought of, he retired in 1985 after more than 36 years of service to the citizens of Kern County and moved to the Terra Bella area to pursue his passion of being a farmer. He dry farmed in the area and also in the Caliente area until age and health began to restrict him closer to home. He and Virginia were well known to the mountain and valley communities and were supporters of many organizations involving 4H, FFA and the Greenhorn Mountain Veterans Association for many years. He also must have been a pretty good firefighter, because a son and a grandson both became heavy equipment operators for Kern County and Santa Barbara County fire departments, making firefighting a 3 generation passion.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ada, a brother Don who was also a firefighter, and his son Delbert Orrin Hill. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Virginia, his sister Shirley DeRuchie, a son Don and his wife Debbie, son Henry and his wife Patty, Grand children Crista, Kyle, Kara, Dustin, Jennifer, Lisa, Delbert, Jaime, and Freddy, plus 18 Great Grand children. Fred was well known and appreciated the enumerable friends that he and Virginia have enjoyed through the years.
There will be a Celebration of his life at the Porterville Fair Event Center, 2700 W. Teapot Dome Ave. in Porterville on October 22, at 10 a.m. with a presentation at 11 a.m. and friends and fellowship to follow.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 2, 2016
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