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John Hill

Capt. John B. Hill, 67, of Lithopolis, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Lanfair Center.  He was born November 23, 1947 in Amboy, Illinois and was the son of the late Leroy and Marie (Enrietta) Hill.  John was a 28 year veteran of the U.S. Navy and a professor at the University of Rio Grande.  He was also member of Greencastle Bible Church.
John is survived by his wife of 46 years, Claudyne (Keeton) Hill; children, Launa (David) Bode of Lancaster, Bryan (Shaelyn) Hill of Stoutsville and Shelly Hill of Lithopolis; two grandchildren, Collin and Madison Bode and a brother, Dr. David (Carol) Hill of Virginia.  
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Greencastle Bible Church, 2940 Amanda Northern Rd., Carroll, Ohio with Pastor Charles Flesher officiating.  Burial will follow in Lithopolis Cemetery where military honors will be given.  Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Taylor Funeral Home in Amanda.
In lieu of flowers the family would like contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate ; Northside Christian School, 2655 W. Schrock Rd., Westerville, OH 43081 or the James Cancer Center, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221.

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I was  a student of Dr. Hill's at Rio's McArthur Center.I appreciated the guidence and patience he had for this old student.It truely was a honor to have sat in his classes.My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Rhonda Dutcher Apr 2 2015 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing.   Bill has kept us updated on John's illness.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in dealing with your loss.  Hopefully it is comforting to know that John is now in a much better place.

God bless you all!

Karl & Karrin Schaulin

Karl Schaulin Mar 26 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Claudyne and family

Words cannot really express how I feel about the loss of Capt. John. I served with John in Columbus and admired and respected him as a leader, officer, gentleman, but most importantly a God fearing Christian. I enjoyed our Biblical discussions. He was an encourager to the enlisted personnel and an example to be emulated by all.
The world has lost a bright light, but heaven has gained a star. I know he is basking in the SONSHINE and has truly found his fairer winds and following seas. Please accept my deepest condolences and be assured you, your family, and me will see him again when we all get home. My prayers. Sincerely, Jackie Hardman, ISC, RETIRED.

Jackie Hardman Mar 26 2015 12:00 AM

To the Hill Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. As a new junior officer with no prior service, CDR Hill helped guide me in my Navy Reserve career. I will never forget his calm demeanor when reviewing my work on various projects in our Navy Intelligence unit. CDR Hills advice and support demonstrated his passion for education. He was a mentor to me and will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Neil J. Doppes Mar 26 2015 12:00 AM

Barry and I send our deepest sympathy to his family on the death of John Hill.  He was a dear friend, a person with whom we always enjoyed talking and sharing ideas.  I remember the panel when we talked to students shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11 and in following years John and I worked together several times on the September 11 Memorial.  We often talked after class when I taught at Bob Evans Farm Hall and I was late to my class in Wood Hall several times those semesters!  Valued colleague, dear friend, true patriot--his death is a great loss.  May God bless you and give you comfort in the days ahead.

Judithe Thompson Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Claudyne,  Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of great loss.

Mary Trax Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM

I wish to send my deepest sympathy and condolences. I was a student of Dr. Hill's at Rio Grande and he made a lasting impression on me as a teacher, a leader and a role model. He was a wonderful professor and taugh me many things about life within his lessons. He will be dearly missed and I am very thankful to have gotten the chance to know this great man.

Jennifer Giles Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM


I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing.  Please accept our family's condolences, from one military family to another.  Your father's sacrifice and service to his country is very much appreciated.  God Bless and take care.

Dan and Sara Bratka

Sara M. Bratka Mar 24 2015 12:00 AM

I send my deepest sympathy at John's passing. I know the past several years have been difficult, but as always, John kept his smiling face and wonderful personality.
He was a true gentleman and he is so missed here on Rio's campus.

Jeanne Jindra Mar 24 2015 12:00 AM

We were greatly saddened about the death of our good friend John.  My wife and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family.  We worked with John throughout his tenure at Rio Grande.  You would be hard-pressed to find a nicer or better man than he.  Godspeed our dear old friend!  We will miss you!

Sam and Amy Wilson

Samuel Wilson Mar 24 2015 12:00 AM