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May 27, 1998

CLEBURNE, Texas - Milton D. Hill, 83, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, passed away to be with our Lord on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 1998, in Cleburne after a long battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery in Cleburne, with full military honors. Visitation: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 168th, Third Floor, New York, N.Y. 10032; or Alzheimer's Association, Box 9709, Fort Worth, Texas 76147.

Lt. Col. Milton D. Hill left behind a family devoted to him and many friends and former students in the Cleburne community who will miss his friendly smile, encouraging ways and genuine good heart.

"Col. Hill," as he was known by many, was born in Florence, Ala., on Oct. 4, 1914, the eldest son of William Hill and Mary Goodwin Hill. He is survived by his only brother, Clifton "Deal" Hill of Kerrville. Both were orphaned early, but Milton followed the wishes of his father who had told his son to "get an education," and so Milton joined the Marines on May 9, 1933, with aspirations to be a pilot. He was transferred to San Diego, Calif., and played football with the Marine team, which won the West Coast championship.

After leaving the Marines to pursue a college education, Milton was sought by several universities such as UCLA and Washington because of his football abilities. Concerned about his younger brother back in Alabama, Milton went to all of the universities saying he would play ball for them if they would make allowances for him to have his younger brother live in the football dorm with him. Pete Cawthorn of Texas Tech in Lubbock made this happen. Milton played halfback for Texas Tech and was part of the Tech team that played in the Cotton Bowl in 1939. He still owns part of an NCAA record that has not been broken after 50 years, for the most punts in a college football game (Tech against Centenary). Milton, or M.D., as he was also called, graduated in 1941 from Tech, where he had also been president of the Double T Association and in Who's Who.

While at Texas Tech, M.D. met and married Jeanne Adele Hinds. Soon after graduation and marriage, World War II broke out, so M.D. re-entered the Marines and served in the Pacific theater during the war, flying fixed wing transport planes. As pilot, he flew troops and supplies into Guadalcanal, Guam, Iowa Jima and Okinawa. During the Korean War, he was one of the first helicopter pilots and once flew Dwight D. Eisenhower to meet troops. While serving in the Marines, Col. Hill served with the 1st Marine Air Wing, 1st Marine Division and the Guadacanal Marine Air Wing and Transport Squadron 152.

After his retirement from the Marines in 1958, Col. Hill moved his family to Cleburne and began teaching and coaching at Cleburne High school. He was housemaster of Wilson House and was voted Teacher of the Year because of the way he affected and touched many young peoples' lives. Col. Hill left teaching in the early 1960s for a career with Rangaire Corp., where he was the company pilot and served as the personnel manager. In the 1970s, Col. Hill returned to education to direct a then- new program at Cleburne High School that aided and provided training for disabled students with businesses in the community. Col. Hill stayed active in the community by serving on the Cleburne school board from 1966 to 1974, coaching Little Dribblers basketball teams and was a life member of the Cleburne Yellow Jacket Booster Club. He also was a member of First Baptist Church of Cleburne.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne.

Survivors: His children, Linda Tidmore and her husband, Maynard, of Grapevine, Milton David Hill Jr. and his wife, Pat, of Aubrey, Shirley Rogers and her husband, Gary, of Garland and Cynthia Partee and her husband, Chuck, of North Richland Hills; brother, Clifton "Deal" Hall and his wife, Shirley, of Kerrville; grandchildren, Trent Tidmore, Chris Hill, Michelle Hill Boman, Laurie and Kellie Rogers, and Matthew and Monica Pense; great-grandchildren, Cody and Dylan Tidmore and Brooklyn Boman; brother-in-law, Van S. Hinds of Taos, N.M.; dear friend, Robyna Grimes of Cleburne; and loving caregiver, Ida M. English of Keene.

Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield Cleburne, (817) 558-2322 Courtesy: Fort Worth Star-Telegram




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