Henry (Hank) Allan Hill, age 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday July 8, 2014 in Houston, Texas. He was surrounded by family and friends who loved and cherished him. Born on March 7th, 1924 in Pittsburgh, PA, he is the first child of Allan Winship and Laura Agnes Zink Hill. |
After graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he was assigned to the USS Emmons, the last naval ship commissioned before the start of WWII.
Shortly after his arrival on the Emmons, he was given an aptitude test and was one of three men offered Officer Training at a school of their choice. He choose Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, a choice that would mean more to him than he ever imagined. For there on a small rock, in the shallow bay of Short Beach, he found the love of his life, Muriel Viola DeVarennes. But a war was at hand and there was a job to do. Upon completion of his training he returned to San Diego, only to find that the Emmons had been sunk by Japanese kamikazes. With the war ending, Hank called upon Muriel to come to San Diego where they were married. But his country called again and he was assigned to the USS Hale, a tactical destroyer, during the Korean War.
During and upon the completion of his WWII and Korean service, he attended Wooster College and the University of Washington, where he received a degree in Geology. After college, Muriel's cousin, Ed DeJon, introduced him to the Continental Oil Company where he had a wonderful career lasting over 32 years. It required many moves and relocations, but each came with new responsibilities and challenges. Hank's greatest professional love was being manager of the CAGC, a consortium of companies active in exploring for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. Upon his retirement he was the North American Exploration Manager for Conoco. Not ready to completely retire, he then assisted Roy Huffington's company in its Gulf of Mexico exploration programs.
As the parent of a special needs child, Hank and Muriel gave their time greatly to The Center for the Retarded in Houston. For many years he was the "Cookie Man" having sold or given away so many cookies for The Center's fund raiser. He served on the Board of Directors for many years and became an Honorary Life Member. He was honored again by the City of Houston when it was proclaimed to be Muriel and Henry Hill Day for their long dedication and service to the people of Houston. His spare time was spent sailing on Galveston Bay and has been a long time member of the Houston Yacht Club.
Hank Hill was a giver, a giver of his time, his thoughts and his possessions to others. He had an infectious ability to make friends, and for the Hill Family, was the go to guy to fix whatever needed to be done. Hank was our father, our grandfather, our great-grandfather and our friend. We will always love you.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel Viola DeVarennes Hill, his brothers James Hill, George Hill and his sister Dorothy Hill Crim. He is survived by his brother Robert Hill and wife Diana; daughter, Barbara N. Hill; son, Steve H. Hill and wife Candy Aiken Hill; grandson, Kyle Hill and wife Rosy Montemayor Hill; and granddaughter, Allison Hill Schaefer and husband Robert Schaefer.
Our family would like to thank all those at The Forum Skilled Nursing for their care and dedication to Hank. Special thanks go to Carrie Anderson who was Hank's caregiver, companion and most of all a very good friend.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 10:30 am at Memorial Oaks, 13001 Katy Freeway, in Houston, TX 77079. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception and luncheon at Memorial Oaks.
In lieu of the customary remembrances, memorial contributions in his name may be directed to: The Center Foundation, 3550 West Dallas Street Houston, TX 77019
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 13, 2014