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Hilton "Gunny" Hill passed into his eternal reward on Friday, July 25, 2014.
Hilton was born on August 1st, 1937 to Joseph and Ethel Hill on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation near Basom, New York. He graduated from Akron High School and later joined the Marine Corps where he spent 21 years, proudly serving his country. Hilton saw combat in Viet Nam and was later stationed in various locations including Great Lakes Naval Station, Chicago, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Hilton served as a recruiter for the Marine Corps in Wausau and Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Hilton attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and retired from the military in 1979. He began a second career working for the United States Postal Service where he retired in 2009.
One of his greatest passions was participating as an umpire and official for both softball and basketball games in Wisconsin and around the country.
Hilton is survived by his bride of 46 years, Darthea (Jonathan) Hill; his son, Darryl and his children Jessica (deceased) and Adler (wife, Amanda); his son, Joel (wife, Colleen) and their children, Daniel and Benjamin. Hilton also has a great-grandchild, Sawyer. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother, Robert, who retired from the Navy. He is also survived by his half-sister, Elvira, and multiple nieces and nephews on and off the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.
A favorite verse of Hilton's is John 3:3 - "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
Services with full military honors will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Bethany Baptist Church, 6601 Alderson Street, Weston, WI, 54476. A visitation will start at 9am with a celebration of life service beginning at 11am. He will be interred at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King, Wisconsin. Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
522 Adams Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on July 30, 2014