COL Ray J. Hill was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 06/23/2016 at the age of 83.9
San Antonio, TX
Date of Birth 07/14/1932
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Col. Ray J. Hill, U.S. Army (Ret.), age 83, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to John and Eunice Hill on July 14, 1932. Col. Hill attended Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of science degree in Agriculture. He then received a Master's of science degree in Entomology. Hill proudly served in the U. S. Army for 26 years. He had one tour of duty in Korea and two in Vietnam. He was a Master Aviator in both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. His last assignment before retirement from the Army was as a Professor of Military Science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He retired to Naples, Florida where he formed Ray J. Hill, Inc., a General Contractor and Real Estate Inspection Service. He then retired from that business in 1997. While in Naples, he was an active member of the Naples Sailing and Yacht club and served on the Board of Directors and as head of Maintenance and Grounds. He and his wife, Jean, were avid ballroom dancers. Ray also loved cooking and fishing.

He and his wife moved from Naples to San Antonio, TX in 2010 to be closer to his daughter, Suzanne. In San Antonio, Col. Hill was involved with many social activities at Independence Village including treating fellow residents to his delightful culinary creations at their weekly gatherings.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Jean Hill; his parents, John and Eunice Hill; siblings, J.T. and Lynn Hill. He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Wiersig and husband, Jeremy; grandchildren, Madeline and Jake Wiersig; and sisters, Shirley Tassin and Elaine Brandao.

Ray always showed initiative and intellect wherever life took him- from Cajun country to combat zones, from fishing waters to Independence Village. "Looking back over my life, I see I've really had a wonderful life", he once said.

A Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will be Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com

This information was last updated 06/28/2016

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