Gerald Donald “Chigger” Hill of Potosi, Missouri was born on September 5, 1934 in Shirley, Missouri, a son of the late Amos R. Hill and the late Marple F. (Wilson) Hill. Donnie passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020 at his home, having reached the age of eighty-five years, four months and twenty-nine days.
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Donnie was united in marriage to Lealla Vance in 1959 and they shared sixty-one years together.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lealla Hill; two sons: Bryce Derrick Hill, Eric Matthew Hill and friend Tracey DeClue; five grandchildren: Justin Hill, Josh Hill, Krista Hill, Shanna Sykes and Riley Hill; seven great grandchildren: Peyton, Collin, Taylor, Bryant, Justyce, Jenna and Mason; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: Arnold and Janette Vance, Sharon Hill, Ruth Ann Hill, Judy Hill, Marcella Worley, Phyllis Vance, and Frances Vance; also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
In addition to his father and mother, Donnie was preceded in death by four brothers: Merle Hill, Ronald Hill, Blaine Hill and Gordon Hill; two sisters: Margarite Bays and husband Jack, Naomie DeClue and husband Lewis; father-in-law and mother-in-law: John and Mildred Vance; In-Laws: Curtis Vance, Carl Vance, Charley Vance and wife Ruby, Derwood Vance and wife Judy, and Raymond Worley.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 4:30 to 8 PM at DeClue Funeral Home. Visitation will resume on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 9 to 11 AM.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11 AM at the DeClue Chapel with Pastor Jim Ainley officiating.
Interment and final prayers will follow at Redbud Memorial Gardens. Donnie will receive full military honors presented by the U.S. Army and VFW Post 6996.
Funeral arrangements were respectfully entrusted to the care of DeClue Funeral Home.