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William L. "Willie" Hill 1936 ~ 2017
William L. "Willie" Hill, 81, passed away December 12, 2017. Willie was born in Anthony, Kansas on October 24, 1936. On October 6, 1962, Willie married Vera George. The next year a daughter joined them and he named her Brenda Lea.
Willie worked for Boeing for a short time and then he started selling Ford vehicles. He sold Ford vehicles for over 50 years. If you're driving a Ford, Willie probably sold it to you. He kept several for himself over the years. His pride and joy was his T-Bird. He sold the T-Bird when Brenda arrived and provided a home for his family. His other favorite was his 65 Falcon convertible, which he enjoyed taking his family and grandchildren for a Sunday drive in. Willie was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He thought he needed to get his limit every day. After a while, Vera would say no more. So lots of friends enjoyed his bounty. Willie enjoyed taking Brenda fishing and hunting. Later he enjoyed taking his grandkids too. The same goes for gardening, he always had a big garden, that got smaller over the years, but always grew enough to share with family and friends. He always enjoyed going for drives and hanging around town, especially at Jacks until it closed.
Willie loved his animals, he was always taking in strays and they became one of the family. He especially loved his hunting dogs, and his favorite the big cat.
Willie will be missed by his wife, Vera; daughter, Brenda and her husband, Terry Craig; grandchildren: Dustin Craig, Austin and Niki Craig and great-grandchild, Blake Craig, and Mattie Craig and her fiancé, Greg Passet and daughter, Chesney; brothers, Joe and Phil Hill; and sisters, Rosalee Niethamer and Wilma Houston. He will also be missed by many friends and extended family.
Graveside services were held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Manchester Cemetery with Pastor Ed Preston officiating. Honorary casket bearers were Mattie Craig, Terry Craig, Joe Hill and Phil Hill. Casket bearers were Dennis Dodgen, Darryl Dodgen, Jeff Dodgen, Mitch Gates, Mike Ziegler, Austin Craig, Dustin Craig and Greg Passet.
Memorials may be made to the Manchester Cemetery and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, was in charge of arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com