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Elmer John Hill

Elmer John Hill

Male 1909 - 2006

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  • Name  Elmer John Hill 
    Born  12 Jan 1909  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Lancaster Township
    Gender  Male 
    _UID  6B5E28531CA650419760B0EBB7B78D274BC5 
    Died  13 Feb 2006  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Elmer J. Hill

      January 12, 1909 - February 13, 2006

      Elmer Hill, 97, of rural Freeport died Monday at FHN Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

      Mr. Hill was born in Lancaster Township on January 12, 1909, the eldest son of Albert J. and Taletta (Miller) Hill. The family later moved to Freeport’s East Side where he spent his childhood. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1927 and attended Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, and Concordia College in Lake Forest, Illinois. He worked at the Union Dairy in Freeport, co-founded by his father, at one point delivering milk in the early morning hours with a horse and wagon. On July 6, 1937, he married Elsie Schmid at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He and Elsie worked at the Superior Dairy in Freeport, and in 1945, founded the Arrow Foundry which they owned and operated until his retirement in 1976. Mr. Hill was an aviation pioneer. He sold his motorcycle in the 1920's to buy an airplane kit which he and his brothers, Roger and Paul, constructed and flew. Many early Stephenson County aviation enthusiasts joined the Hill brothers at Hillcrest Airport located on Elmer's property east of Freeport. During World War II, the airport served as a training field for pilots needed in the war effort. One account states that more WWII pilots were trained at Hillcrest than at any other municipal airport in the country.

      An accomplished musician, Mr. Hill played the piano and organ and was still accompanying services at Winneshiek Church into his eighties. After his retirement, he worked part time for the Freeport Organ Company. Mr. Hill enjoyed reading. His interests included history, music, science, and theology. He was an avid and successful gardener whose "green thumb" was legendary. Friends and family will remember his wry wit and steady influence.

      He is survived by his children, Joanne LaMont (Larry) Kerchner, Marilyn (Ed) Holtum, John P. (Glenna) Hill, and Diane (Stephen) Wheelock ; nine grandchildren, Beth (Dan) Fox, Rachel (Jim) Gruenwald, Jennifer (Alex) Carter, Sarah (Mark) Helm, Douglas Hill, Lucas Hill, Kevin Wheelock, Brian Wheelock, and Bradley Wheelock, and nine great-grandchildren, Ryan and Brandon Welty, Laura and Anna Fox, Adin, Arwyn and Ava Gruenwald, and Sophia and Gabriel Carter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie, two brothers, Roger and Paul, one sister, Lillian, three granddaughters, Becky and Cindy LaMont and Kathy LaMont Welty, and a son-in-law, Lynn LaMont.

      Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dr. Willis Schwichtenberg officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 pm Wednesday at Walker Mortuary and 10 am until the time of service Thursday at the Church. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery and Mausoleum in Freeport. A memorial fund has been established in his name. Elmer’s family invites friends to extend condolences, share a memory, light a candle, or share a caring heart in his honor at www.walkermortuary.com.
    Buried  16 Feb 2006  Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I298  Page-Dumroese
    Last Modified  7 Aug 2012 

    Father  Albert John Hill,   b. 8 Nov 1883, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1951, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Taleta Dorthea Miller,   b. 19 Mar 1881, Ridott, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1974, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  5 Dec 1907  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F110  Group Sheet

    Family  Elsie Mabel Schmid,   b. 13 Aug 1916, Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 2004, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Jul 1937  Little Brown Church, Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Family ID  F984  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Jan 1909 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Jul 1937 - Little Brown Church, Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Feb 2006 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 Feb 2006 - Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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    Hill, Elmer John (1909-2006)
    Hill, Elmer John (1909-2006)
    This image appeared with his on-line obituary at www.walkermortuary.com (Freeport, Illinois)

  • Sources 
    1. [S402] Newspaper: Freeport Journal-Standard, 15 Feb 2006. Obituary: Elmer J. Hill.
      Elmer J. Hill

      January 12, 1909 - February 13, 2006

      Elmer Hill, 97, of rural Freeport died Monday at FHN Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

      Mr. Hill was born in Lancaster Township on January 12, 1909, the eldest son of Albert J. and Taletta (Miller) Hill. The family later moved to Freeport’s East Side where he spent his childhood. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1927 and attended Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, and Concordia College in Lake Forest, Illinois. He worked at the Union Dairy in Freeport, co-founded by his father, at one point delivering milk in the early morning hours with a horse and wagon. On July 6, 1937, he married Elsie Schmid at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He and Elsie worked at the Superior Dairy in Freeport, and in 1945, founded the Arrow Foundry which they owned and operated until his retirement in 1976. Mr. Hill was an aviation pioneer. He sold his motorcycle in the 1920's to buy an airplane kit which he and his brothers, Roger and Paul, constructed and flew. Many early Stephenson County aviation enthusiasts joined the Hill brothers at Hillcrest Airport located on Elmer's property east of Freeport. During World War II, the airport served as a training field for pilots needed in the war effort. One account states that more WWII pilots were trained at Hillcrest than at any other municipal airport in the country.

      An accomplished musician, Mr. Hill played the piano and organ and was still accompanying services at Winneshiek Church into his eighties. After his retirement, he worked part time for the Freeport Organ Company. Mr. Hill enjoyed reading. His interests included history, music, science, and theology. He was an avid and successful gardener whose "green thumb" was legendary. Friends and family will remember his wry wit and steady influence.

      He is survived by his children, Joanne LaMont (Larry) Kerchner, Marilyn (Ed) Holtum, John P. (Glenna) Hill, and Diane (Stephen) Wheelock ; nine grandchildren, Beth (Dan) Fox, Rachel (Jim) Gruenwald, Jennifer (Alex) Carter, Sarah (Mark) Helm, Douglas Hill, Lucas Hill, Kevin Wheelock, Brian Wheelock, and Bradley Wheelock, and nine great-grandchildren, Ryan and Brandon Welty, Laura and Anna Fox, Adin, Arwyn and Ava Gruenwald, and Sophia and Gabriel Carter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie, two brothers, Roger and Paul, one sister, Lillian, three granddaughters, Becky and Cindy LaMont and Kathy LaMont Welty, and a son-in-law, Lynn LaMont.

      Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dr. Willis Schwichtenberg officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 pm Wednesday at Walker Mortuary and 10 am until the time of service Thursday at the Church. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery and Mausoleum in Freeport. A memorial fund has been established in his name. Elmer’s family invites friends to extend condolences, share a memory, light a candle, or share a caring heart in his honor at www.walkermortuary.com.

    2. [S402] Newspaper: Freeport Journal-Standard, 5 Dec 2004. Obituary: Elsie Mable Hill..
      Elsie M. Hill

      August 13, 1916 - December 03, 2004
      Elsie M. Hill

      Elsie Mabel Hill, 88, of rural Freeport died Friday morning at FHN Memorial Hospital after an illness of four months. She was born August 13, 1916 in Monroe, Wisconsin, the daughter of Alvin and Grace (Chesebro) Schmid. She was married to Elmer J. Hill on July 6, 1937 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

      Mrs. Hill was a graduate of Wisconsin Rural Normal School in Monroe, Wisconsin and Brown’s Business College in Freeport. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the Union Dairy in Freeport, where she met her husband, and at Garrity Drugs, Emmert Drugs, and O’Mara Transfer. She and her husband owned and operated the Arrow Foundry Company in Freeport. Mrs. Hill enjoyed spending time with her large family and was an accomplished and enthusiastic cook and gardener. She taught Sunday School for over 20 years. She and her husband were members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Freeport.

      Survivors include her husband, a brother, Ken (Helen) Schmid of Monroe, WI, four children, Joanne (Larry) Kerchner of Freeport, Marilyn (Ed) Holtum of Iowa City,IA, John (Glenna) Hill of Freeport, Diane (Steve) Wheelock of Freeport; nine grandchildren, Beth (Dan) Fox of Shawnee, KS, Rachel (James) Gruenwald of Colorado Springs, Kevin Wheelock of Milwaukee, WI, Brian Wheelock of DeKalb, Bradley Wheelock of Freeport, Jennifer (Alex) Carter of West Des Moines, IA, Sarah, Douglas, and Lucas Hill all of Freeport. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren, Ryan & Brandon Welty, Laura and Anna Fox, Adin & Arwyn Gruenwald, and Sophie Carter.

      Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by three sisters, Lola Schmid, Dorothy Keichler, and Phyllis Broussard, a son-in-law (Lynn LaMont), and three grandchildren, Kathy (Jeff) Welty, Rebecca LaMont, and Cindy LaMont.

      A visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Tuesday at Walker Mortuary. The funeral will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery and Mausoleum.
      A memorial fund has been established in her name. Condolence messages may be left on Mrs. Hill’s memorial page at www.walkermortuary.com.