2013-10-17 / Obituaries

Donald E. Hill

Amaranth, 83

Donald Edward Hill, 83, Amaranth, Pa., died Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

Born February 3, 1930, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late James and Marguerite McKee Hill. He was the beloved nephew of the late Ralph and Ada Foster McKee, who lovingly reared him on their farm, located in Amaranth, after the death of his mother in 1943.

He is survived by a sister, Audrey Hill Smith, of Indianapolis, Ind.; three nephews; and one niece.

His brother, James Ralph Hill Jr., preceded him in death.

He was a direct descendant of the McKibbin and McKee families, who, after emigrating from Ireland in the early 1800s, settled upon 25,000 acres, most of which became what is known today as Buck Valley, Pa.

He was a farmer and gardener, and had an amazing ability to connect and interact with both children and animals; neither detected anything within him for which to be afraid. He was an active volunteer in the Grange, and the C&O Canal organization in Hancock, Md. Donald also, after teaching himself how to play the piano, shared his gift with numerous nursing and retirement homes and churches through the tri-state area, as well as Washington County Hospital. He also enjoyed bowling, singing and traveling across the country. He also taught himself how to creatively paint and draw sketches and landscapes. He found great pleasure in visiting with relatives and friends, too numerous to count. When you met Donald, you automatically became his friend.

Donald, as a devoted Christian, had a simple and childlike faith that provided the platform upon which his entire life was lived. He enjoyed worshiping and sharing in fellowship with many individuals and congregations throughout the tristate area. Donald, throughout his life, exemplified the simple teachings of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Honesty and integrity were the cornerstones of his life. With his childlike faith, he simply could not under- stand, or know how to intentionally hurt anyone.

Services were held Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 11 a.m., at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at 2 East High Street, Hancock, Md. Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt Jr. officiated. Interment followed at Buck Valley Memorial Cemetery, located in Buck Valley, Pa.

Grove Funeral Home, Hancock, Md., was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742, or Williamsport Retirement Village, 154 North Artizan Street, Williamsport, MD 21795.

Online condolences will be accepted at grovefh.com

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