Russell G Hill
May 11, 1924 – May 17, 2018
Hill, Dr. Russell Greene, age 94, of St. Pete Beach, Florida entered eternal rest the morning of Thursday May 17, 2018 at St. Anthony's Hospital. "Russ" was born May 11, 1924 in St Louis, MO to Dr. Thomas G. and Hattie A. Council Hill. He married Elsie Helen Tippett on July 10, 1948 in Springfield, IL at West Side Christian Church who passed away on July 23, 2008 at age 85, and sixty years of marriage. To this union two children were born; Russell T. Hill and Susan K. Hill. They are both Protestant. They moved to St. Pete Beach in 1973. Russ was a graduate from Lanfier High School, Springfield, IL. He and both brothers proudly served in the US Army and Air Force during World War II. He graduated from Chicago College of Chiropody and Pedic Surgery and practiced in Springfield. He also became a Licensed Sanitary Engineer and joined the Illinois Dept. of Public Health. His entrepreneurial calling was awakened which he followed very successfully and sold his medical practice and left the Dept. of Health. Russ invested in Nursing Homes in Quincy, etc. He later owned and incorporated a chain of nursing centers. He was also the proud owner of some A&W Drive Ins he bought because he liked the root beer. He also helped to pioneer the mobile diagnostic services to nursing homes covering the entire state of Florida, which became the 3rd largest of its kind in the US. Besides his family, business was his pride and joy. He generously provided donations to all primary religious entities, and other charities, but especially those helping US veterans.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers; Dr. Vincent Rue Hill (June) and Thomas Council Hill (Florence). He leaves behind his two children; Russell "R.T." Hill (Sharon Ancell) and their son, Joshua Council Hill; Susan Davis (Mark) and their two children: Dr. Ashley H. Davis-Yadley (Sloan) and their two sons; and Wesley Hill Davis, all of Florida; nephew Richard A. Hill of OR, and his two children; Bruce Vincent Hill (Stephanie) of GA, and Michelle June Hill of Chicago, along with many cousins and friends. We take comfort in knowing he has reunited with Elsie, and is now surrounded by God's love as well as the rest of his heavenly family and friends.
There was a closed family viewing at Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach on May 22, 2018. Russ will be interred by Elsie in IL at the family cemetery, Fancy Creek Cemetery, in Sherman. Minister David Beals, of the Williamsville Christian Church, will be officiating graveside on June 23rd at one pm. The American Legion will also have a veteran's ceremony including Taps and a flag presentation. Mott-Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL is in charge of those arrangements. Memorials may be made to The DAV or VFW.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beachmemorialchapel.com for the Hill family.