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Harold Hill

 

Harold Hill

Longtime Goldendale area resident Harold W. Hill passed away, surrounded by his family, on Friday, J a n u a r y 13th. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his brother Raymond, and his parents Chester and Griselda (Pridham) Hill. Harold is survived by his daughters Sandra (Ray) Goodwin of Chelan, WA; Susan (Mel) Bennett of Manson, WA; sons Larry (Janet) and Randy (Kelly Jo) both Sequim, WA; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was born in The Dalles, Oregon, on January 26, 1922. The family moved to the farm on Spring Creek, west of Goldendale, in 1923. Harold attended the one-room Spring Creek School and Goldendale High School. He graduated in 1938 and then attended WSU, where he met the love of his life, "a vivacious, trim, friendly farm girl who was almost as big as me" named Mary Watson, on a blind date. He earned a BA in Ag Engineering in 1942, and as a member of ROTC, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the US Army. In the fall of 1942, he and Mary decided to wed; so Mary's father bought her a one-way ticket to Mineral Wells, TX. (Harold always figured that was just to ensure that he couldn't change his mind!) They were married on Oct.10, a union that spanned 60+ years until Mary's death in 2004. After 2 ½ years of moving from post to post in the US, Harold was deployed to the ETO in the fall of 1944. He served as 1st LT. of Company G, 395th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division on the front lines in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. Following the Bulge, he assumed command of the company and eventually was promoted to the rank of Captain. Throughout the remainder of the war his unit was almost continuously in combat. Harold's war exploits earned him a Bronze Star with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, a Purple Heart, numerous unit citations, and campaign medals. Harold and Mary returned to Goldendale in January of 1946 and began farming the old Morgan place 3 miles west of Goldendale. Harold and Mary were active in several local organizations including the United Methodist Church, Grange, Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge, and Shrine. He remained on the farm until his death. Harold served on several boards at the local and state levels, notably as Klickitat County PUD Commissioner for 30 years. He was president of the Washington State PUD Association in 1993-94 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in December of 2001.

The H.W. Hill Landfill Gas Power Plant in Roosevelt is named in his Honor. Harold truly enjoyed all rural America had to offer, including high school athletic events and concerts, county fairs and parades, as well as get-togethers with the "Spring Creek" extended family for pot luck dinners, birthday celebrations, and pinochle parties. He was well known for his unique sense of humor and his willingness to help others. He loved his family, his community, and his country, but he was especially devoted to his beloved Mary. As a family we take comfort in the certainty that Mom

and Dad are together again in the presence of our Lord. However, now that Ray and Harold are both in Heaven, we are somewhat concerned what the place will be like by the time we join them!! A Celebration of Life is being planned for April 8th, 2017 at the Assembly of God Church in Goldendale. Messages of condolence may be emailed to: lhill@olypen.com or mailed to: Hill Family; 32 Plum Tree Lane; Sequim, WA 98382. If you are interested in making a contribution in Harold's name we suggest The Alzheimer's Association (www. alz.org) or a charity of your choice.

 

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