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Hill, James
James David Hill, 84, of Biggsville, IL, died at 11:45 A.M. Sat. May 28, 2011 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

He was born on August 22, 1926 in Kirkwood, IL, the only child of Benjamin D. and Mary (Laws) Hill, Jr. He was raised on a farm north of Biggsville, IL and graduated from Biggsville High School in 1944.

David enlisted in the Army Air Corps, in August of 1944 and was discharged in 1945, after the war. He later graduated from Monmouth College in 1948, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry. He worked for Eastman Kodak in Chicago for a short time and then in 1949 he came back home, to rural Biggsville, and started farming on the family farm, which he continued to do for 58 years until he retired in 2007.

In 1950, he married Dorothy Ann Welch in Biggsville. On December 12, 1987, David married Mary Lou Simpson in Falls City, Nebraska.

David was a strong supporter of all local community functions. He was an active member of the Biggsville American Legion Post #1176 for 65 years, the Lions Club for 45 years; a life-long member of the United Presbyterian Church, the Biggsville Cemetery Board for 15 years and served on the Henderson County ASC County Committee.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Hill of Biggsville; one son, Robert D. (Connie) Hill, Biggsville, IL; one daughter, Carol (Dennis) Renander, East Galesburg, IL; grandson, Daniel (April) Hill, Biggsville, IL; granddaughters, Larissa (Eric) Hanson, Glenview, IL; Anastasia (Matthew) Haviza, Fishers, IN; and Cassandra Stachniw, Glenview, IL., his step-children C. Kenneth (Tami) Simpson, Falls City, NE; Mary Jo (Sam) Liberty, Falls City, NE; David A. (Kirsten) Simpson, Fall City NE; and Michael E. (Krista) Simpson, Ashland, NE. He has 14 step-grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

His parents and one grandson, Nicholas Stachniw, precede him in death.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the United Presbyterian Church of Biggsville with Rev. Richard Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Biggsville Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, May 31, 2011 after 3:00 P.M. at the United Presbyterian Church of Biggsville where his family will be present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Memorial may be given to the Henderson Co. Public Library or the United Presbyterian Church of Biggsville. Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at hooverhall.com
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