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Robert “Bob” Allen Hill, 73, passed away at home in Yakima in the early morning hours on Friday, May 8, 2009, with his wife, Betty (Durey) Hill, and his good friend by his side. Bob was born July 5,1935, in Zillah, WA, to Robert G. and Caroline (Nelson) Hill. The family moved to Yakima soon after. He graduated from Yakima High School. Bob served in the United States Air Force for nearly six and a half years and was stationed at Strategic Air Command in Nebraska. This is where his love for aviation and art combined, and his reputation as an aviation artist grew. He was awarded a permanent Professor of Arts at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, in 1989.
Bob worked as a director of art for an agency in Spokane for a number of years. He moved back to Yakima to be near his family and began working as an art instructor at J.M.Perry Technical Institute, where he taught automomotive graphics, then graphic arts for over 20 years. He retired in 2003.
Bob had numerous accomplishments and interests. He was a nationally renowned avaiation artist and his auto graphics have appeared in numerous magazines. He and Betty enjoyed many activities throughout the years, including friends, entertaining, fishing, camping, bird watching, and riding (flying) atv’s. He also enjoyed car races, building models, rebuilding cars, and participating in car shows. Bob was a founding father of Vintiques Car Club and won numerous awards for his cars. Bob had a great love for life and saw beauty in everything. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched and his art will always be a reminder of his great talent and skill.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Betty Jean Hill, who affectionately referred to him as “Buddy”, a nephew, Jeff Hill, and two nieces Loraye Gendron and Sherri Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert G. and Caroline Hill, his sister Arlene Hill, and his brother, Thomas Hill.
Betty extends deep appreciation for all of their wonderful family and friends who stood by them through Bob’s illness and passing, and a special fond appreciation to Gary Oliver whom was with them in the end. Her heartfelt thanks go out to all of the caring, compassionate nurses and staff at Washington Hematology-Oncology. Bob really adored all of you!
A memorial service will be held in the auditorium at J.M. Perry Technical Institute on Saturday, May 30, at 2:00 pm. Art Reis, Bob’s long time friend, will officiate.