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Glenn Utah Hill

February 9, 1920 ~ September 25, 2018 (age 98)

Glenn Utah Hill, 98 of Fairfield, IA passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Sunnybrook Assisted Living where he had resided since April 2017. 

Visitation will be held 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Behner Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Behner Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Peterson officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield, IA.

Memorials may be made to any V.F.W. and or Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter.  Cards may be mailed to Emma M. Hill, 3000 W. Madison Ave., Apt #412, Fairfield, IA.

Glenn was born February 9, 1920 in Licking, MO to Charles W. and Bertha (Eammons) Hill.  Although they didn’t have a lot, Glenn viewed his childhood as idyllic, spending hours hunting, fishing, rough housing and catching tadpoles with his brothers under the tender care of his wonderful mother and beautiful, older sister.  He often spoke of his growing-up years on the farm and was quite the basketball player in high school.

As the depression hit, with no money for college and jobs becoming scarce, Glenn was thrilled to have the opportunity to put his skills to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps mapping out Lacey-Keosauqua Park.  His natural leadership abilities soon became apparent when he was named the head of his barracks.  The beautiful stone buildings he helped construct still stand.

Roosevelt’s C.C.C. plan ended as W.W. II began.  Glenn felt it his patriotic duty to enlist and help defend his country.  He was assigned to Attlebridge Airbase in England, flying 36 missions over Germany as the nosegunner in a B-24 Bomber named “Parson’s Chariot”.

While in the ‘3-C’s’, he met his beloved wife, Halleen Teeter.  They married June 7, 1941, and became proud parents of son, Douglas and, in time, loving grandparents to granddaughter, Shirley.  Halleen preceded him in death on May 14, 1999, after 57 years of marriage.  Glenn married Emma Mae (Giberson) Fidler on September 9, 2000.  She survives him.

Glenn started his working career at Louden Machinery Company, became shop superintendent and retired after many years of service.

In his golden years, Glenn enjoyed basketball games, home repair projects, kept his vehicles in ‘tip-top shape’, his pet cats, bird and squirrel watching.  He took great pride and care of his home of over 50 years at 603 North Main Street.  Quick to call anyone he met ‘friend’, Glenn was always willing to lend a hand when needed and could spend hours in good conversation.  Glenn truly embodied what it meant to be part of the greatest generation!

Glenn is survived by his dear wife of 18 years, Emma of Fairfield, IA, son, Douglas K. Hill of Ormond Beach, FL, granddaughter Shirley M. Rigler of Largo, FL, stepson, Ricky Fidler of Ottumwa; step grandchildren, Robin (Tom) Davidson-Feltz of Ottumwa, Paul (Brooke) Fidler of Biloxi, MS, Shawn (Jessi) Rauscher of Ottumwa, and many nieces and nephews.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Bertha Hill, sister, Georgia, brothers, Claude, Junior, Ray, Roy and Moffett; wife Halleen, stepson Ryan Rauscher and stepdaughter Cheri Fidler.

 

 

 

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