Richard R. “Dick” Hill, 83, of Circleville, passed away June 27, 2016, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 6, 1932, to the late Chester P. and Faye (Shellhammer) Hill. He was also preceded in death by sister, Barbara (Irlan) Ritchie; and brothers, Jeff, David and Pedro.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve, he served at O’Hare Field, Illinois, from 1949-1952 as a mechanic and aircraft refueler. He once climbed into the cockpit of the famous WWII Enola Gay B-29 when it made a refueling stop at his base.
Dick was formerly employed at Rickenbacker Air Force Base. He was best known for his skill and expertise as a longtime private painting contractor. If you needed painting done, Dick was the perfectionist you wanted in your house or business.
He loved the outdoors, going hunting and fishing and walked many a mile during mushroom season. He loved horses and looked forward to watching summertime harness racing at Scioto Downs.
He was an expert card player, hard to beat, especially at Five Card Stud, and a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Dick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia (Peters) Hill; two daughters, Sandra (Ronald) Alten of Circleville And Kathy (Jeff) Bradshaw of Dublin; three sons, Brad (Mari) Hill of Circleville, Richard (LaDonna) Hill of Waverly and Kelly (Dewana) Hill of Ringgold; brothers, Bob Hill, Jerry (Linda) Hill, Steve (Kelly) Hill, all of Ringgold, and Ronnie (Linda) Hill of Amanda; grandchildren, Travis Hill, Kelsey Hill, Dylan and Dane Bradshaw; step-grandchildren, Josh Helton and Jeremy Wilson; step-great-grandchild, Hunter Wilson; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved pet, Winky, the perfect kitty who could do no wrong.
Dick was always happy to see family and friends and welcomed them back. He will be greatly missed.
Special thanks to everyone for their visits, kind words and prayers.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016, at Defenbaugh-Wise-Schoedinger Funeral Home with Pastor Richard O. Rothemich officiating. Burial will be in Reber Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to the charity of choice.
To send condolences, visit www.schoedinger.com.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal