William J. Hill (1919-2004)

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William J. Hill

William J. Hill, 84, of Payson, died April 8, 2004. He was born Dec. 17, 1919 in Ellisville, Miss.

He moved to Winslow as a teenage boy and lived there for 15 years, worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 10 years as a master mechanic. Then he went to California and worked in the Civil Service at the Mayfield Air Base and manned the train units.

He moved to Tucson, Arizona and was a radar man in Mt. Lemon for the Air Force. When the radar was abolished, he went to Davis Monthan Air Base and was head of the estimating and planning department. He also served in the Navy for two years in World War II. He retired from Davis Monthan in 1981. He moved to Payson in 1993 and lived there until his death.

His survivors include his wife, Marjorie P. Hill; his son, Joseph M. Hill of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Mary (Les) Bailey of Black Canyon City; three step-grandchildren, Marisa, Nikki, and Cody Candelaria; four nieces, Nancy, Linda, Caroline and Kathy.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his first wife,; sister Norma and brother Tom.

There was a funeral service on Thursday, April 15, 2004 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, with a graveside service following at Winslow Cemetery, Winslow, Arizona.

Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier Street, Payson, AZ 85541, or any other charity of your choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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