James Ronald Hill Sr.


Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2003

Longtime Kenai resident James Ronald Hill Sr. died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 68.

Per Mr. Hill's request, no services will be held and his ashes, along with his wife Erline's ashes, will be scattered at Mount Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii, at a later date.

Mr. Hill was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Sequim, Wash., where he was raised and graduated from Sequim High School. He entered the U.S. Navy from 1952 until receiving his honorable discharge in 1955 and continued serving with the reserves until 1957.

He was the owner, operator and meat cutter of H and E Meats Inc. in Bremerton until he retired in 1978. He moved to Kenai in 1982 and was the owner-operator of Kenai Custom Seafoods starting in 1989 until his second retirement in 2001. Mr. Hill was a member of the Eagles Aerie No. 3525 in Kenai.

"Jim loved everything about Alaska and wouldn't have lived anywhere else in the world. He was a man with an extremely big and giving heart. He had the best laugh," his family said.

Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his wife of 23 years, Erline R. Hill; mother, Ida Daniels; and sister, Pauline Quinn.

He is survived by son, James R. Hill, Jr. of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Julie E. and Dean Matsuoka of Kapolei, Hawaii; granddaughters, Sarah and Dana Hill of Anchorage and Brynn Matsuoka of Kapolei; grandsons, James R. Hill III of Anchorage and Max Matsuoka of Kapolei; brother, Howard Hill of Sequim; cousin, Norman Mapes of Soldotna; and stepdaughters, Cindy Simmons and her family of Joyce, Wash., and Karen and her family and Brody and her family, all of Oklahoma.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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