1937 - 2017
John Albert “Sonny” Hill, 80, of Pekin, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at OSF Saint Frances Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born Jan. 12, 1937, in Pekin to Orrin A. and Kathryn Gienado Hill. He married Jorita McClanahan July 4, 1960, in Cusseta, Ga. She survives.
He is also survived by his son, John W. (Rhonda) Hill of Seattle, Wash.; son-in-law, Mike Biga; grandchildren, Salvatore Latona, Tony Latona, Carmen Latona, Meredithe Hill, Mallorie Hill and Avery Rose Biga; sister, Kay Cook; brother, Jerry (Glenna) Hill; honorary son, David Kline; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill Marie Hill; granddaughter, Katrina Kemper; brother, Orrin W. Hill; and his parents.
Sonny served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960, with the rank SFM3 and served in the UDT as a Frog Man. After serving, he went to work for the Chicago CNW Railroad, was a welder at Le Tourneau Westinghouse, retired after 40 years as a Master Welder from Komatsu was a member of fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Illinois State Rifle Association, NRA, National Wildlife Turkey Foundation, American Legion, Spring Bay Trap and Skeet Club, President of Tri-County Duck and Geese Forever.
He shared his love of hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He also made many trips to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, supplying them with sewing machines, hymnals, clothing and food for many years.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, where he will have a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin, with Military Honors. Father Michael Andrejek will officiate.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Abts Mortuary in Pekin, with a Rosary service at 4:15 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for his granddaughters, Meredithe, Mallorie and Avery at Heartland Bank and Trust.
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