Leonard (LA) Alva Hill, age 83, passed away on January 6, 2022 just one week before his 84th birthday. He was born in Oklahoma and his family moved to Stockton when he was a young boy. He met Beneva, the love of his life, for the first time when he was 13 years old. He served in the Navy (active and reserves) from 1955 to 1961. He always loved to tell jokes, write backwards letters, played the guitar and harmonica, and visit with friends. Leonard and Beneva tied the knot in 1957 and were married for 60 wonderful years. They loved to travel and together visited 42 states. Leonard is survived by sons, Leonard W (Debbie) Hill, Robert (Karen) Hill; daughter, Carolyn (David) Malitz; sister, Joyce Russell; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beneva Hill; parents, Leonard W and Celestia Hill; brother, Robert Niles; and sisters, Shirley Ledford and Mary Hill. There will be a graveside service at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 17 at Cherokee Memorial Cemetery, Highway 99 at Harney Ln, 14165 N Beckman Road, Lodi, CA 95240.
Published by Lodi-News Sentinel from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19, 2022.
L.A. was a good friend. We went to church and joined the Navy together. He was a great man. I will see him at the House.
We send our deepest sympathy. L.A. and Beneva were good friends.
Love, Jerry and Elveta
Jerry and Elveta Dycus
January 17, 2022
Keith and I met Leonard and Beneva at Radiant Life Church (formerly Westside Assembly) in the Adult Bible Class. We always loved visiting with them at the church socials and hearing about their trips and the people they encountered along the way. They were always fun to be with and we always enjoyed talking together. We've lost another friend here on earth but we will see them again.
Keith and Shirley Bohnet
January 14, 2022
You will always hold a special place in my heart to be your friend was something i hold dear .. meeting your family and seeing the love you all had for one another was also very endearing to me.. My each one find comfort in God family and Friends.. my love and prayers are with you all... Gone but never to be forgotten..