MASON CITY — Richard LeRoy Hill, 68, of Mason City, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at home.
Funeral services for Richard Hill will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 509 S. Carolina Ave. in Mason City with Pastor Dennis Bachman officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery located between Mason City and Clear Lake.
Visitation will be from 4–6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at First Church of the Nazarene, 509 S. Carolina Ave. in Mason City, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Richard was born on Nov. 24, 1948, to Lester Paul Hill, Sr. and Hazel Dorothea Powell. He attended Mason City Schools and graduated from Mason City High School with the Class of 1968.
Richard started his employment with the Jacob E. DECKER & Sons Meat Packing Company in Mason City in 1968. He remained with the plant through various mergers and sales. In 1975, Richard relocated to Sioux City when the local plant closed. He then moved to the packing plant in Worthington, Minnesota, before returning to Mason City in 1978. Richard retired from Smithfield Foods in December 2013. He joined the Amalgamated Meat Cutters & Butchers Workmen of North America AFL-CIO in November 1968 and continued his membership until retirement.
Richard was thrilled to buy his home in 1987—where he lived until he passed away. It was the fulfillment of the American dream.
During his early life, Richard enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land as well as a trip to Disney World.
At a very early age, Richard was led to a knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. He served the local body of believers in whatever capacity was needed. Most recently he selected the songs to be played during the offertory. While Richard was not vocal about his faith, he demonstrated a lifestyle reflecting the attributes of an excellent and godly man.
Beside his love for God, he loved his brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, as well as his friends and his country. He enjoyed sitting on his front porch in the spring, summer and fall watching the traffic and listening to southern gospel music—of which, his favorite was Bill Gaither and Doug Oldham. Whenever possible, he would attend concerts in Cedar Falls.
He was a Gold Circle Supporter of the VFW since 1999.
Richard also loved animals, especially eagles, and he leaves behind his favorite cockatiel, Alfalfa.
Richard is survived by two brothers, David Eugene (Diane) Hill of Chaska, Minnesota; Earl Wesley (Marlys) Hill of Britt; two sisters, Hazel Dorothea Hill of Bloomington, Minnesota; Mary Beth Hill of Richfield, Minnesota; three nieces, Donna (Joneal) Hill Blasig of Providence, Rhode Island; Michelle M. Hill of Little Rock, Arkansas; DeEtta (Xavier) Hill Darras of St. Paul, Minnesota; two nephews, Justin P. (Tammy) Hill of Phoenix, Arizona; Clint M. (Naomi) Hill of Golden, Colorado; three grandnephews, Aspen P. (Deja) Hill, of Honolulu, Hawaii; Alex C. Hill of Phoenix, Arizona; Oscar T. Hill of Golden, Colorado; four grandnieces, Angel J. Hill of Olympia, Washington; Charlotte Darras of St. Paul, Minnesota; Jennavive Blasig of Providence, Rhode Island; and Ariana J. Hill of Golden, Colorado.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Lester P. Hill, Sr. (April 25, 1983) and Hazel D. Hill (Sept. 25, 2009), three sisters, Margaret, Martha and Ruth Jane Hill, and one brother, Ronald Robert Hill.
In lieu of flowers, Richard’s family suggests memorials be given in his honor to The Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.
Ewing Funeral Chapel
178 Center St. W.
Britt, IA 50423