He was born January 20, 1931 and was raised on a farm in New York Township, Caldwell County Missouri, near Hamilton, Mo. He was the only son of Ruth and Clifford Hill.
He graduated from New York Consolidated High School, a country high school. There were 12 in his senior class. He graduated from Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg in 1953 with a BS in Business Administration. While at CMSU he served as President of the Student Body and President of the Alpha Chapter of The Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. His fraternity brothers were life-long friends and those relationships meant the world to him. He stated the most important moment of college was his senior year when he met Joan Quick. They were married at the end of that year in 1953.
Also that year, Fred accepted a job with The General Motors Corporation in the Chevrolet Motor Division’s Kansas City Zone Sales office.
He was then immediately drafted into the military during the Korean conflict. His two years in the US Army were served in W. Germany. Fred returned to the USA in 1955 and resumed his career with General Motors. He devoted 38 years to his successful career spending most of it in Chevrolet Marketing, Advertising and Sales.
Fred loved cars, and spent many weekends in the garage restoring old Chevrolets. He was passionate about Corvettes and owned many throughout his lifetime. He was most proud of the all original 1954 Corvette he bought in 1956. That car is still in the family.
He had a long and wonderful retirement, spending time every month at his beloved lake house on Table Rock Lake in Missouri. He had many great days there with family and his lake friends Glenn Laske & David Dearinger.
Fred was an avid reader, a great conversationalist, a fisherman, a horseman, a hunter, a KC Royals fan, a Republican and mechanic. He loved listening to Glenn Campbell’s music and it was a comfort to him during his final days. Fred was in awe of nature and enjoyed spending time outdoors. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 63 years, Joan. He was a loving and compassionate father and loyal friend. He was a member of the Stilwell United Methodist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Clifford Hill. He is survived by his wife, Joan Hill; son, Doug Hill (Barb); daughter, Julie Mangile (Keith); son, Jim Hill (Sheri); daughter, Kelly Stuckey (John); former son in law; Steve McWhorter (Terry); Grandchildren , Dana Allison-Hill (David), Ricky Hill, Travis McWhorter, Kelly McWhorter, Jack Stuckey, and Beau Stuckey.
A visitation with the family to celebrate and memorialize Fred’s life will be held at the Stilwell United Methodist Church on May 7, 2016 from 2-5 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s honor can be made to The Stilwell United Methodist Church
19935 Metcalf Avenue, Stilwell, KS 66085.
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Arrangements: Cremation Center of Kansas City; 913-384-5566