Obituary: Hill, William E. “Bill”

Age 75

HILL, William E. “Bill” Passed away unexpectedly on June 18, 2014 in Olympia, Washington.

Bill was born on May 30, 1939, in Santa Monica, California to Margarete Krueger Hill and E. Earl Hill.

He grew up on a wheat farm near Plaza, WA.

He was a family man, a man of faith, a talented forms designer and manager, a passionate and winning racecar driver, a long-suffering but good-natured parrot caregiver, a history buff, a WWII aircraft aficionado, an enthusiastic Pyrotechnician and a Washington State University “Coug”.

Bill was known and held dear by hundreds of people in all walks of life.

He was not known for being quiet or shy.

His gregarious nature put everyone at ease.

His boyish charm and easygoing style drew people to him.

He never met a stranger.

Once Bill crossed paths with someone and found something he had in common with them, they were never forgotten.

He had an outrageous sense of humor, a quick smile and laughed often.

His endless supply of stories and jokes were liberally shared with anyone within ear range.

Bill was a vibrant, dynamic, hard working and funny man, a nice guy who was a people person all his life.

The love of his life was his wife of over 45 years, Patty “Pat”.

Their union was the clash of the city girl and the country boy, but somehow it worked for them.

Bill was a passionate supporter of his Alma Mater, Washington State University, a diehard Coug who said he got the two important things of his life there - his education in Transportation Economics and his wife.

His father, Earl, and his sister, Judy, preceded him in death.

Bill is survived by his wife, Pat of Olympia; mother, Marge Hill of Spokane; sister, Kathy Hill (husband Lloyd) of Spokane; and numerous treasured nieces and nephews.

Burial is being handled by Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma, WA (Tel.


A celebration of his life will be held at the Olympic Air Museum, 7637-A Old Hwy 99 SE, Olympia, WA 98501; Tel.

360-705-3925; on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

If you have pictures you would like to share for the celebration and to RSVP to help us plan for the number of celebration attendees, please leave those items at Please sign Bill’s online guest book at under William E. (“Bill”) Hill.


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