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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