Donald Ray Hill
1945 - 2020
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Donald Ray Hill

Donald Ray Hill, 74, passed away April 17, 2020. Following an extended battle with Parkinson's disease, he died of complications related to COVID-19.

He was born in Muncie on May 3, 1945 to Escal Hill and Irene (Little) Hill. On July 31, 1965, he married Annetta Coleman, with whom he enjoyed nearly 55 years. Don was a devoted husband, an excellent father, and a caring grandfather.

Don was a lifelong member of Fairlawn Church of Christ, where he served as deacon and then elder for many years. His love and dedication to Christ was exemplified through his service to others.

In 1963, Don graduated from Muncie Central High School and was accepted into a work/study program at Chevrolet. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from General Motors Institute in Flint, MI, in 1968. Don worked at the Muncie plant through all of its name changes and retired from New Venture Gear in 1998. He then took a job as an engineer at Chrysler Transmission in Kokomo from which he retired in 2008.

Don served on the reunion committee for the Muncie Central Class of 1963, including a period as chairman. He coached little league baseball and softball for several years at Royerton. He enjoyed playing basketball, traveling with his family and friends, and sharing corny jokes. His favorite activity was watching his children and grandchildren participate in sporting events.

Don is survived by his wife, Annetta Hill; daughter, Shannon Hill (children: Riley and Madison); son, Shane Hill (wife: Diana; children: Holton and Halle); son, Adam Hill (wife: Kelly); son, Jon Hill (wife: Carrey; children: Titus, Tanner, Amir, Micah, and Jael); brother-in-law, Larry Calvert; sister-in-law, Sandy Haffner; brother-in-law Steve Coleman (wife: Karen); and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda "Kay" (Hill) Calvert; brother-in-law, Ray Haffner; and in-laws, Jack and Hazel Coleman.

His family would like to sincerely thank the nurses, aides, and other staff of Signature Health Care in Muncie for caring for him with compassion and dignity.

Memorial donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741) or Fairlawn Church of Christ (6108 W Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN 47304).

The family will have a private graveside ceremony now with the hopes of having a public memorial service in the future. Don will be buried at Gardens of Memory in Muncie. Online condolences may be made by visiting .

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Published in The Star Press from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2020.
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April 23, 2020
Sending warm memories of Don when Randy and I attend Fairlawn. Our condolence to the entire family. Randy and LInda (Hubbard) Byers
Randy and Linda Byers
April 23, 2020
Sending love and hugs and many prayers. We love you Don and will miss your amazing wit. Forever in our hearts❤ Cassey, Arnie, Shayleigh & Alex
April 23, 2020
My sincere condolence to Mrs. Hill and the entire family. Don will be missed by all; including his 1963 class mates.

Blessing to the family.
Jane M. Dowell
Jane Montgomery Dowell
April 22, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to Don's family. Don was an outstanding person in every respect. May he rest in peace.
Mike Luce
April 22, 2020
may God give you some peace and comfort during this hard time.... May He be with you all and help you all get through... We are so sorry for your loss and we love you dearly. Joan & Phil Eades
Joan Eades
April 22, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out the the Hill family during this incredibly difficult time.
Dennis Bruner
April 22, 2020
We are praying for peace and strength for the whole family, as you share the love you have in your hearts for Don today. Being witnesses to the love Don had for his wife, children, and grandchildren. There is no doubt that he lives on. Not only in spirit, but also in each and every one of you! And although we can't be there with you in person today. Make no mistake, our love, thoughts, and prayers are!
For Don...Why can't your ear be 12 inches long? Because then it would be a foot!
Love, Wayne & Donna
Dad & Mom
Wayne & Donna Narrod
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