John spent three years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. After being discharged he lived in California and Kenton, Ohio, for several years before returning to the Mason County area. He worked many years at the Philip Sporn Plant and at Mason County Motors. He and his wife, Bette Jean Keen, whom he married June 13, 1970, had just returned to Point Pleasant after having lived in Port Orange, Fla., for six years. They loved to build pieces of furniture for family and loved ones and were looking forward to setting up their wood shop and starting new projects in the spring.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest L. Hill in 1972; his mother, Elizabeth (Pearson) Hill in 1999; a brother, William B. (Dickie) Hill in 1960; and an infant sister.
He is survived by his wife, Bette; four children, Jon Blyne Hill, Bettina Jayne Hill Brown, Brandi (Ed) Fisher and Lacey (Nick) Bolin; 10 grandchildren, Destiny and Madelyn Hill, Gabriel, Mickale and Lillian Hill, Guy, Byron and Hannah Fisher and Nicholas and Jacob Bolin; eight brothers and sisters, Ernest (Sonny) Hill Jr., Sally Wears and Wilma (Bunny) Hill, all of Point Pleasant, JoAnn McDonald, Mary Jones, Virginia (Pudgy) Stickler and Shirley Byus, all of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Nancy Hill of Proctorville, Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 at Crow-Hussell Funeral Home in Point Pleasant with the Rev. Jamie Watts officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
John’s care has been entrusted to Crow-Hussell Funeral Home. An online guest registry is available at www.crowhussellfh.com.