Samuel C. Hill
SAMUEL C. HILL
Funeral services for Samuel C. Hill, 84, Baldwin City, were Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. Mr. Hill died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at the Topeka Midland Hospice House. He was buried at the Good Hope Cemetery near Chapman.
He was born Sept. 16, 1916, and raised on the family farm east of Gardner. He was the son of Samuel J. and Sarah T. (Finely) Hill. He graduated from Gardner High School and attended Baker University. His mother attended Baker and his brother and sister were graduates of Baker University. At the end of two years, he acquired a teacher's certificate and taught in the rural schools of Johnson County for three years. He returned to Baker and received his degree in 1941.
He taught seventh and eighth grade at Greenleaf and was elementary principal. He was drafted into the Army and served for five years during World War II. He spent nearly two years in the European Theatre. He attended Officer's Training School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and became a first lieutenant in the Infantry.
He married Frances Wilkins on Dec. 2, 1942 at Wichita. They were married 58 years.
Mr. Hill resumed teaching after the war. He taught sixth grade and was elementary principal at Stockton for four years. During this time, he acquired his Masters Degree in Education from Kansas State University at Manhattan. He was superintendent of the Clay Center elementary schools for eight years.
He came to Baldwin in 1959 to fill a position at Baker in elementary education. He attended graduate classes at KU for several summers. He retired from Baker in 1985.
In 1977, he was honored by the Baker Alumni Association with the Mr. Alumni Day Award. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, an honorary education fraternity, the Kansas Reading Professionals in Higher Education, Baldwin Golf Association and the Lloyd Beaton American Legion Post.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, of the home; two sons, Sam J. Hill, Topeka, Walter Hill and his wife, Becky, Ellis, and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Hill and one sister, Ruth Hill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker University Library Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.