James D. Hill died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, after an extended illness at his residence in Sterling. He was 65.
Per Mr. Hill's explicit instructions, there will not be a memorial service. "For once we let him win one," his family said. "He requested to be cremated and his ashes spread in the Kenai River, much to the chagrin of his longtime friend Monte, a.k.a. Putz."
Mr. Hill was born on Dec. 19, 1935, in Chicago, Ill. He graduated from Bowen High School and from Northern Illinois University, with a bachelor's degree in education. Before college he served with the U.S. Army in Korea.
He had a long career in law enforcement, starting with the Chicago Police Department and subsequently being employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1967. He served as a special agent in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and transferred to the Anchorage office in September of 1972, where he was fondly known as "Colombo." He retired from the bureau with more than 20 years of service.
After retiring, he worked as a private investigator before joining the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company from 1991 to 1997.
"He was a fantastic husband, father, friend and mentor who will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him," the family said.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons and daughters-in-law James B. and Marie Alverson, of Issaquah, Wash., and Mark and Sue Pelzl of Sunnyvale, Calif.; brother and his wife, Fred and Carolyn Hill of Chicago; brother-in-law, Butch of Chicago; nephews, David and Richie and Richie's wife Melinda, all of Chicago; nieces Jennifer and Suzanne, of Chicago; stepdaughter Brenda McClure and her husband Michael Paul, of Soldotna; stepson, Steven McClure and his wife Rondi Jessal-McClure of Soldotna, step-grandchildren, Joey and Mandi Jessal of Sterling, and Paula and Billy Pelzl; his Uncle Ed; aunts and numerous cousins of Chicago; and special friend J.J. Hill of Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in the James D. Hill memorial account with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union as prior to his death he was very enthusiastic about bank restoration on the Kenai River.
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