Harold W. “Bill” Hill

Harold W. “Bill” Hill

Harold William “Bill” Hill, 71, of Monmouth passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, after a 1.5-year battle with cancer.

He was born and raised in Granite City, the son of Harold and Opal Hill. He married Jo Ann (Trojaniak) Hill 48 years ago; she survives.

Mr. Hill shared his father’s love of the railroad and worked on the railroad as a summer job during college. He grew up attending St. Louis Cardinals games. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering; it was there, while waiting for a taxi to the train station, that he met his future wife. They married two years later and shared a passion for the university, including its athletic programs, that they instilled in their son, who also graduated from the university.  He worked as an engineer at Fiat-Allis in Springfield and at Case New Holland in Terre Haute, Ind., Wausau, Wis., and Burlington, Iowa, rising to the positions of chief engineer of dozers, platform manager of loader backhoes and product portfolio manager of construction equipment. He often said his 31 years at CNH, though demanding, often felt like a hobby. He loved hiking in the mountains, forests and national parks; was always on the lookout for the perfect gift for his loved ones and friends; and loved spending time with his family and friends celebrating special events.

In addition to his wife, surviving are a son, Cory Hill; a daughter-in-law, Stacey Hill; grandchildren, Elliott Hill and Gwendolyn “Winnie” Hill; brothers, Robert (Diane) Hill and Brian Hill; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron and Geri Schoen; niece and goddaughter, Kari (husband Dee) Roller and her children Joseph Roller and Andrew Roller; nephew, Joey Schoen; niece, Amanda Hill, and her son, Logan Hill; and nephew, David (Amanda) Hill and his daughters, Anna and Eva.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Warren Hill.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at the funeral home, with burial in Benld Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at kravanyafuneral.com.