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Robert H. Hill
Robert H. Hill, 82, of Spring Hill, Fla., and formerly of Greenwood, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.
He was born April 22, 1930, near Seymour and graduated from Crothersville High School in 1948, where he played guard on the varsity basketball team.
Following high school, Bob joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the years of the Korean War.
While stationed at Pepperrell Air Force Base in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, he met and fell in love with Margaret Mary Coughlan, who worked as an administrative assistant at the base. They were married on April 24, 1955, in Uniontown, a marriage that lasted nearly 33 years until Margaret’s passing on March 25, 1988.
They had two sons, Donald R. Hill of Greenwood and David W. Hill of Indianapolis, who survive.
They settled in Indianapolis, where Bob began a career with the U.S. Postal Service, rising through the supervisory ranks to a position in personnel/labor relations management from which he retired in 1985.
Bob won many distinguished service awards during his career with the postal service.
Following a move to Greenwood, Bob became active in the Greenwood Little League, where he coached and filled multiple league office positions through the years. He also coached teams in the Greenwood Youth Basketball League as well as CYO Basketball at our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic School.
In retirement, Bob pursued his passion for the warmer winter weather in Florida; following the activities of his grandchildren; playing golf; and volunteering in many capacities via his involvement as a Murat Shrine member, where he transported children and families from Indianapolis to Shrine hospitals in Chicago, Cincinnati and Kentucky.
For his volunteer work with the Shrine, Bob was named a Kentucky Colonel by the state of Kentucky.
He was also a member of the Masons, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite and American Legion.
Also in retirement, Bob worked as a “yellow-shirt” security official at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for both the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, where he enjoyed meeting many drivers, celebrities and dignitaries.
Bob was preceded in death by parents, Griff and Verna Hill; an infant brother, Richard; and sisters, Lois Fields and Patty Hill.
A sister, Lena Gay (Tom) of Brownstown, survives. In addition to sons Don and Dave, Bob is survived by Don’s wife, Lori, and their daughters Elizabeth and Emily; and Dave’s wife, Cindy, and their son, Nicholas Miller, and his wife, Liat, and their daughter, Maria.
Also surviving is Bob’s loving companion of the past 19 years, Patricia Trisler, and her daughters, Glenda Kovert, Pam Norris, and her son, Jeff, and their families.
The family wishes to thank all the relatives and friends who helped care for Bob, both in Florida and following his return to Indianapolis on Feb. 13.
Special thanks also are extended to the phenomenal nursing staff at the Indiana University North Hospital Emergency Room and to the doctors and wonderful nursing staff at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.
Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. A funeral service will commence at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob’s name to the American Cancer Society or the Murat Shrine Transportation Club, in care of the funeral home.
You are invited to read Bob’s complete obituary at www.wilsonstpierre.com, where you may sign the guest book or share a personal message.
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