Robert Maurice Hill

Mar 18, 1921 - Feb 12, 2013


Robert Maurice Hill, 91, of Norwalk, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Norwalk Memorial Home, following a brief illness.

Bob was born March 18, 1921, in Lorain, son of the late Aaron and Maude (Krebs) Hill. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Lorain and attended John Carroll University. 

Bob was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army European Theater of Operations in England and Belgium. 

 He married Jeanne Elizabeth Powers, of Norwalk, on April 19, 1947. He was employed as a claims supervisor for the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services in Norwalk and Sandusky.

Bob was active in several local organizations including the Norwalk Jaycees and, as a Jaycee, he organized the first Norwalk Pet n’ Pup Parade. He and his wife were volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program for 12 years. He is a past president of the Norwalk Park and Recreation Board and served on numerous citizens committees for the betterment of Norwalk. He also served on the Board of Directors for the District 5 Area Agency on Aging.  

Bob was an avid collector of radios and coins and an automobile aficionado. He was a voracious reader, reading six newspapers daily, and enjoyed discussing politics and current events. He enjoyed making refrigerator magnets with different foreign coins and giving them to people he met.

Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeanne, and his three daughters, Diane Ratcliff, of Arnold, Md., Gretchen (Jim) Gerken, of Norwalk, and Patricia Hill, of Topanga Canyon, Calif. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Abigail Ratcliff, of Arnold, Miles Lewis, of Topanga Canyon, James Gerken, of New York City, and Samuel Gerken, of Norwalk.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Maude Hill; his brother, the Rev. Paul J. Hill; and his three half siblings, Kenneth Hill, Viola Guiler, and Sister Mary Ethelrita.

There will be no visitation and a private family service will take place with the Rev. Anthony Recker officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Norwalk.

Memorial contributions may be made to Norwalk Public Library, 46 W. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857 or Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

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