OBITUARY

Floyd Daniel Hill

November 2, 1948December 26, 2018

HILL, FLOYD DANIEL; departed this life on December 26, 2018, peacefully and surrounded by his loved ones; he was 70. Born in Dallas Texas, he was the son of Dorothy May Hill and the late Andrew Jack Hill, both longtime residents of Dallas County. At the time of his death he resided in Redding, CA where he was known to many as Dan. Dan grew up in Irving, TX during the 1950s and ‘60s and—in his opinion—nobody had a happier childhood or a better place to live. He attended Irving High School where he played football, baseball, basketball and golf. In May of 1967, Dan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and his leadership skills ensured a rapid promotion to Gunnery Sargent. Over his tenure, he was awarded the Purple Heart and many other honors of distinction for his service. He proudly served his country in war until numerous injuries resulted in an honorable retirement from the USMC in 1969. Dan married his wartime pen pal, Sandra Patton (Silva) in late 1969 and they soon started their family in 1972. After divorce in 1978, he made it his personal mission to help people with substance abuse addiction. In 1983, he met his beloved and devoted companion Cym Ross—and they predominately stayed in Redding CA. Dan most enjoyed spending time with his family, storytelling, fishing, watching sports, traveling domestically and books/movies. Dan is survived by his loving mother, Dorothy Hill of Atlanta, Texas; beloved companion, Cym Ross of Redding, CA; he was the best of fathers to sons Joshua (Jackie) Hill, Roseville CA, Derek (Monica) Hill, Chico CA, and Adam (Erin) Hill of Carmel Valley CA; Dan will also be missed by his brothers Kenneth Hill, Salmon ID, Andy (Huan) Hill and Jim (Terri) Hill, both of Atlanta TX and sister Linda Bush of Stephenville, Texas; he was the loving grandfather of Sophia and Michael Hill, Harrison and Calvin Hill, Michelangelo L Ramsey and the great grandfather of Elijah L Ramsey. Dan leaves behind many friends, unforgettable stories and treasured memories filled with laughter and love and absolutely no regrets. Cremation has taken place by McDonald's Dignity Chapel and a celebration of life gathering will be held at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville CA on February 16th. All through 2019, the family asks that you think of your neighbors in need and contribute what you can to the Camp Fire survivors or any local food bank.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Carol Shemanski

February 13, 2019

I feel honored to have been a small part of Dan's extended family. He was indeed a very special man and that is witnessed by his three sons, who he raised to be incredible men. I thoroughly enjoyed Dan's stories, his knowledge, his laugh, and his positive outlook on life. Dan will be missed. Love and hugs to his entire family.

Monica Hill

January 7, 2019

I feel honored to have go to know Dan on a personal level. My Father in law Dan was respected and admired by many from all walks of life. He always made you feel comfortable and never came across like he was better than you. His dedication to his family is unmatched and his family and friends love him very much. Dan will be sorely missed by our family and friends. Rest easy Dan. We love you and will see you again.

Don & Cindy Hull

January 4, 2019

We will so miss this guy who had a heart of gold....so upbeat and positive, not to mention his sense of humor! The times we spent with Gunny and Cym at the NVV Reunions were priceless and we all have so many great memories. Glad to have been able to spend time with them both this past August. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family and especially Miss Cym. Rest in peace Gunny and thanks for all the fun times!

Sandra Silva

December 30, 2018

Here's one of my favorite pictures of our (4) grandkids and The Grandparents (Dan & Cym and my husband and I)

Sandra Silva

December 30, 2018

We had a special bond for 50 years. In 1968 we wrote to each other while he was in Viet Nam for 9 months, before he got injured. Soon he was in Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, where we finally met face to face. Our friendship continued and evidently turned to love and we were married in 1969. We raised three fantastic sons together over our 9 year marriage. Even after our divorce we remained friends. He was a very special guy, with a great sense of humor and was extremely bright. He really loved all his family. He was a wonderful grandpa to (4) grandkids and one great-grandson. He is already greatly missed, and leaves a hole in our family.

Rod Ulfers

December 30, 2018

What an awesome guy, friend, and Vietnam brother. From the time we met on line and then in person I knew we would be friends for life. We will still be friends as long as I am alive and hopefully I will make it upstairs to reunite. Thanks for all the memories at the Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Reunion and all of the stories we shared. I am forever grateful that you and Cym made it back here in August, what a great lady she is.

Rod Ulfers

william humphrey

December 29, 2018

This was a good friend who I have had many good times with. He was always smiling and laughing no mater what. I will cherish our times together and when he stayed with us for his first trip to Omaha and the Viet nam Reunion. Was a honor to have known him and Cym.

" Semper Fi " Always.

Duke & Linda Humphrey

Douglas F Hughes

December 29, 2018

I've known Dan (Gunny) for many years. I think I first met him in Washington DC when a bunch of us vets got together. I've since seen him as several Nebraska Viet Nam Vets reunions. He always had a good story to tell. I'm going to miss him, we've keep in communication via e-mails over the years. My sympathies go out to Cym and the rest of the family. Rest in Peace Gunny.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY