WWII officer dies at 97

first_imgA memorial service for Robert Allison (Bob) Hill, father and father-in-law, respectively, of prominent former Whittier residents Robert (Randy) Hill and Jaclyn Tilley Hill, will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Corona Del Mar. Hill, a retired captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, was a partner in a successful Newport Beach accounting firm and was a past president of the Lido Isle Community Association. In 1994, long after his retirement, Hill moved to Whittier to be close to his son Randy’s family. When the Hills moved to Long Beach in 1999, Robert moved with them. His family said he died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 24. He was 97. Hill was born in 1908 in his family home in Albany, N.Y. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1930, and then was employed by the New York Telephone Company while he studied accounting at New York University. He was called to active duty with the Navy during World War II and was sent to Algeria to serve as a supply officer. He returned to the United States in 1944 and was stationed in Stockton, where he met his bride-to-be. He married Dorothy Lloyd Martin and became father to Robin and Randy. After a brief time in New York, they moved to Lido Isle, where he established his accounting partnership. Dorothy died in 1952. Hill met Dorothy (Dorre) Welsh Betts while serving as president of the Lido Isle Community Association. Dorre was serving as secretary. In 1957, they were married and moved to Tablerock in Laguna Beach, but later returned to Newport Beach. They traveled the world together and maintained an active social calendar. Hill was a lifelong bridge player and avid debater. Dorre died in 1992. In his later years in Long Beach, “Granddad,” as family members called him, enjoyed attending family weddings, baptisms, other family gatherings and especially loved Sundays at Randy’s and Jackie’s home with family and friends. Hill is survived by son, Randy, and his wife, Jackie; daughter, Robin van Maas, and her husband, Jack; nine grandchildren, Alex van Maas, Ranlyn Tilley Hill, Julie van Maas Tiss, Allison Hill Quinlan, Fritz van Maas, Anita-Marie Hill Laurie, Kimberly Hill Shotwell, Thomas Justin Hill, and Timothy Jonathan Randolph Hill; and 11 great-grandchildren. The memorial celebration of Hill’s life will be at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3500 Park View Drive, Corona Del Mar. The family suggests for those who wish to donate memorial gifts to This Little Light of Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles, 11693, San Vicente Blvd., No 122, Los Angeles, CA, 90049. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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