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Rondal E. Hill, 76, of Rivesville, went to be with his Lord on Friday (July 21, 2017) following a brief illness at his home.
Ron was born in Ritchie County, on March 11, 1941, the only son of the late Ernest Hill and Florence (Cain) Hill.
He is survived by his loving wife, Terry McIntire Hill, at their home in Rivesville.
Ron led a full, active life of dedication to the Lord, his country, his work and most of all to his family. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.
Following his graduation from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force, then worked for IBM Corp. from 1965 to 1995, serving 30 years as a customer-service engineer. During his years before retirement, he also served in the JAG Detachment of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Never to be idle or bored during the years following retirement, Ron and his wife led a very exciting life filled with many new adventures.
They were pioneers for the Subway Sandwich Shoppes franchise, opening four units in the Morgantown area and serving as owner/operators.
With Ron being quite the proverbial "jack of all trades," his talents in plumbing, electronics, design and carpentry work proved to be a lucrative investment for the family with investments in numerous rental properties around the area, many of which he still owned. It was not an unusual sight to see Ron and his devoted wife, Terry, often accompanied by one of their children, shingling a high roof, hanging sheet rock on an apartment wall, painting, cutting down a tree or performing many of the other necessary tasks to get the job done. Longtime friends of the Hills, David Eckles, Ron Beaven, cousin Jim Hill and others too numerous to mention played an integral part in the completion of many of the rental projects.
After residing in Meadowdale for 39 years, the Hills decided to move to a farm in Rivesville, where they decided to fulfill Ron's dream of building a log home. They continue to jokingly refer to it as their "work in progress." Life on the farm added a bit of gardening and development of Ron's interest in beekeeping.
Ron and Terry began taking ballroom dancing lessons in the late 1990s. Their favorite dance was the waltz. Many cherished friendships developed from their activities in ballroom. The Hills also spent much time raising, training and showing Siberian Husky dogs. Ron will be sorely missed by the "pack" of four Siberians, Merrick, Arianna, Lexie Sue and Walker, which he leaves behind.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 43 years, Terry (McIntire) Hill; his son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Kuang-Chen Hill of Germany; two daughters, Sandy Hill of England and Kimberly Hill and her husband Bill of New York; and six very special grandchildren, Isaac Hill, Heidi Hill, Ian "Jack" Hill, Colin Hill, Kayla Miller and Brandon Miller; his sister, Deloris Jo Kaneff of Vienna; two nephews, Charleton and Ernie Kaneff; and a special cousin, Jim Hill of Fairmont.
In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Harold Kaneff.
Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Friday at the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 28 Fellowship Drive, Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with Pastor Glenn Stevenson officiating. Interment will follow at the IOOF Cemetery in Enterprise with full military honors conducted by the Marion County Veterans Council Honor Guard.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Hill Family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on July 27, 2017
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