|Virgil Raymond Hills, age 90 of Abingdon, died at 2:17 am Sunday, November 13, 2011 at his home.
He was born on May 7, 1921 in Abingdon, the son of Guy Raymond and Ollie Eunice (Sensabaugh) Hills. He married Elnora June Harmon on July 18, 1942 in Kahoka, Missouri. She preceded him in death on January 20, 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Bradley Porter, one infant brother, Wade Rexford Hills and one young sister, Mary Barbara Hills.
Surviving are two sons, Clinton Raymond (and Linda) Hills of RR Galesburg and Richard Eugene (and Teresa) Hills of RR Abingdon; two daughters, Cheryl Marie Porter of San Diego, California and Catherine Sue Hills of Abingdon; seven grandchildren, Steve Hills, Mark Hills, Chris Porter, Brian Porter, Hollie Hills, Hannah Hills and Joey Hills; eleven great-grandchildren; one sister, Vivian Peck of Galesburg.
He lived in the Abingdon and Avon areas all his life. He graduated from Avon High School in 1939. He served in the Army, 124th Field Artillery Battalion, 33rd Division from 1942 to 1945. He was stationed in Hawaii to guard Hilo Bay after the Pearl Harbor attack. He later served in New Guinea, Luzon and Japan. He obtained the rank of T4 and also served in C Battery Aide and was trained to do medical emergency care. He was a member of the Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381 in Abingdon for 66 years. He was also a member of the Galesburg VFW and Forty &Eight. He worked as a caster at Briggs manufacturing for 40 years, retiring in 1986.
Virgil was a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He also cheered for whoever was playing the Cardinals and Packers. His hobbies included playing golf, bowling, fishing and gardening. He enjoyed his many friends and spending time with his family.
Cremation will be accorded. Graveside service with military rites by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381 will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Galesburg. A luncheon will be held at the Abingdon American Legion following the service. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.