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Obituary: Hill, James A. “Jim”

Sat., Oct. 12, 2013

Age 70

James A.
(Age 70)

Of Pullman, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at home.

Jim was born May 26, 1943 in Havre, MT to Ray and Mildred (Bucklin) Hill.

He grew up in Montana, graduating from Havre High School in 1961.

Jim graduated from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1964 and lived in Denver, CO for a time after graduating.

He married Cheryl Fossum on June 17, 1967 in Whitefish, MT.

In 1969 they moved to Pullman where Jim completed his Masters of Science degree in computer science.

Jim continued on at Washington State University in the Computer Science Department, serving in various capacities throughout his 33 year career.

In 2001 Jim and Cheryl both retired and began their retirement with trips to Norway and Germany.

This was followed by many adventures traveling with Cheryl throughout the U.S. in their fifth wheel.

Not one to take himself too seriously, Jim had a wry sense of humor and always enjoyed a clever quip or joke.

He was an avid fly fisherman and especially enjoyed hiking, fishing and backpacking in Glacier National Park with his family and friends.

He also enjoyed woodworking and home improvement projects.

Jim will be remembered for his love of life, sense of humor, unwavering integrity and his dedication to family and friends.

Jim attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Pullman and was a member of the Lions Club and Clearwater Fly Casters Club.

He was also an alumni of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

Jim is survived by his wife Cheryl of 47 years; son Eric Hill and wife Kerri of Pullman; daughter Cherie Kummer and husband Jeff of Falls Church, Virginia; five grandchildren Marshall and Cade Hill, Markus, Owen and Grace Kummer; brother Leland Hill of Spokane as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brother Warren and sister Jean Marie.

A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1300 NE Lybecker St., in Pullman.

Private inurnment will be held at the Pullman Cemetery.

Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, WA is caring for the family.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Pioneer Nursing Scholarship Fund at the Montana State University Foundation (PO Box 172750 Bozeman, MT 59717) in honor of Jim’s mother who was a pioneer Nurse or the Glacier National Park Conservancy at Online condolences may be sent to


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