William R. Hill

July 19, 1935July 23, 2020

William Ralph "Bill" Hill Jr passed away peacefully on July 23rd 2020. Bill was preceded in death by his father W.R. Hill, mother Mary Irene Miller Hill, and brother James Thomas Hill. Bill spent his entire adult life as a firefighter. He started his career as a volunteer firefighter on July 1st, 1956.

Bill rose through the ranks, and retired a Captain in 1989. He moved to his dream cabin in Florissant, CO. where he was instrumental in the construction of the Four Mile Protection District Fire Station. Once again, Bill volunteered for the next 27 years as a firefighter while in retirement.

Bill had a strong work ethic, in fact, he never missed a shift in his 32 years on the Carlsbad Fire Department. There was even a newspaper article upon his retirement entitled "Now That's Reliable". Bill is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Lorna Schmuckle, stepson Bill Grim, grandchildren Sara Christian, Noah Schmuckle, and Ronald James Hill - nephew and 3 great grandchildren. He will be missed by many more....


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Patricia Guest

August 3, 2020

Bill Hill, so long old friend. Know you and my Carrol Guest are having a great time together with Jesus. You both shared a love and devotion for the Carlsbad Fire Department serving side by side for many years. Also the two of you working together on side jobs often kept me laughing with the stories you told of your many antics. Your lifelong friendship and brotherly love toward each other is greatly treasured in my heart. And to my precious friend Mary, may the peace and comfort of the Lord be with you as you transition. I am here for you. Love and Blessings to all Bill's family, Patricia Guest