Kester R. Hill 1930-2021

GIRARD — After an extended illness, Kester Ray Hill, 91, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. Affectionately known as “Buck,” he was a longtime resident of the Girard area.

Born Feb. 26, 1930, in Pekin, Ill., Buck was the son of Harper Kester and Ethel Brumfield Hill. Raised by his aunt and uncle, Bernard and Wanda Hartman, in Auburn, W.Va., Buck came to Ohio in 1949.

Buck was a 1949 graduate of Harrisville High School, Harrisville, W.Va. and attended Youngstown State University on the GI bill after being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1954, where he served during the Korean War. Buck was employed at Ohio Leather Works, Girard, before leaving to become one of the early millwrights hired prior to the opening of the new GM plant in Lordstown. He retired from GM after 30 years of employment.

Buck, along with his wife Patricia, were founding members of the Buckeye Trail Riders, a group that has been together for more than 60 years. Camping and trail riding were enjoyed for many years. They also enjoyed square dancing and were active members of the Steel Valley Squares and the Shenango Valley Sashayers.

During retirement, Buck continued to enjoy camping, square dancing and traveling, in addition to bicycling, playing cards, hiking, playing horseshoes and wintering in Naples, Fla. Traveling took Buck and Pat to 48 states including Alaska, Hawaii and several trips to he western United States.

Buck was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He leaves to honor his memory, his wife, Patricia Ann Drevet, whom he married Nov. 24, 1950; four daughters, Deborah Hill (Don Taylor), Judy Hill, Sharon (Lawrence) Schultz and Margaret “Peggy” Hill (Greg Butch); two grandchildren, Crystal Link (Jeff Kinnamon) and Kyle Kendall; three great-grandchildren, Cheyanne and Abby Dellavalle, and Jeffrey Kinnamon Jr.; a sister, Margaret Lee Liston; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the aunt and uncle who raised him, and a brother.

A special thanks from Buck’s family to the staff of Buckeye Hospice for the kindness shown and the loving care given to him. His primary nurses / caregivers (both independent and from hospice) were angels in our home.

Calling hours will take place Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at Blackstone Funeral Home, from noon to 1 p.m. Services will follow at 1 p.m. Buck will be laid to rest in Girard City Cemetery, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to: Buckeye Hospice and Palliative Care, 3379 S. Main St. A& B, Mineral Ridge, OH 44440.

Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any expressions of sympathy to the family.

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