Gail Richard Hill

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Gail Richard Hill, 85, died Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 in Sheridan Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Cremation has taken place and services will be held 10:00 AM, Friday, January 3, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Sheridan. The Rev. Don Derryberry will officiate. Inurnment will be in Sheridan Municipal Cemetery with luncheon to follow at the church. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Gail was born February 5, 1928, in a log cabin on Coeur d’Alene Lake near Harrison, Idaho, the son of Otto Clyde Hill and Ruth Elizabeth Gasser Hill, the fourth of seven brothers. He attended school in Kalispell, Montana, and worked with his father cutting and hauling logs and mine props, both in Montana and Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. He enlisted in the US Army and served within the US in the 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion. Discharged in 1947, he returned to Sheridan to work with his father in the woods and in various other jobs including Shrum Lumber, Buffalo, Wyoming; Lehigh Portland Cement, Metaline, Washington; XL Service and Farmers Co-op Oil Company in Sheridan before moving to Seattle, Washington, for a year to learn radiator repair. He returned to Sheridan and opened Ace Radiator in 1959, a business which remains in the family today.
He married Alta Rose Sobotka September 4, 1949. The couple are parents of three children, one of who is deceased, and grandparents of six. He loved fishing, his horses, hunting, especially elk, and snowmobiling as long as he was able. More recently he walked every day with his walker up and down his street to chat with neighbors. Gail was known to flash a picture of his youngest granddaughter at the slightest chance.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, son Scott Bernard Hill, brothers Clyde, Arthur and 2 brothers who died in infancy, his mother-in-law Gladys Sobotka, brothers-in-law Ray Morris and Keith Tibbets, his stepmother Charlotte Reynolds Hill, two stepsisters Maxine and Zandra Reynolds, stepbrother Glen Reynolds.
Survivors include his wife, son Mark, daughter Susan Houston, Ivan Willson, daughter-in-law Sherry Hill, grandchildren Amber, Haley, and Kurt Hill, Connor and Abby Houston and Jenna Willson, all of Sheridan, brothers George of Walla Walla, Washington, and Charles of Spanaway, Washington; half sister Mary Wallace of Ione, Washington; stepsisters Janice Thompson of Benton City, Washington; and Gayle Ellison of Reno, Nevada; stepbrother William Reynolds of Gillette, Wyoming; sisters-in-law Nina Morris of Mesa, AZ, Verna Tibbets of Casper; Vera Metzger and husband Jerry Metzger of Story.
The family appreciates all those who cared for Gail at Memorial Hospital and the VA Medical Center.
Memorial contributions in Gail’s honor may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 215 W. Works; Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith Street.