GILBERTSVILLE — Robert James Hill, 77, of Gilbertsville, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, at the Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin.
He was born in the town of Butternuts on April 26, 1925, the son of Harold and Sarah (Olmstead) Hill.
He was married to Esther Lamphere in the Presbyterian Church in Gilbertsville on Jan. 6, 1944, a marriage of more than 58 years.
He had worked at the G.L.A. of Norwich for 15 years and then operated his own dairy farm from 1961 until his retirement in 1986.
He was a member of the Butternuts Valley Grange, No. 1533; the Butternuts Lodge, # No. 515 F.&A.M.; Otsego County Farm Bureau; an honorary member of the Klipnockie Beagle Club.
He had served as a director of the R.E.A. for 25 years; past president and member of the Gilbertsville Board of Education; past member of the Holstein Friesian Association; past adviser of the Otsego County Junior Holstein Club; a past member of the town of Butternuts Planning Board; dog Enumerator for the town of Butternuts; Gilbertsville Rod & Gun Club; and the Dairymen's League.
He is survived by his wife, Esther, of Gilbertsville; his children, Susan Pochy and her husband, James, and their son, James, Dennis Hill and his son, Jason, and daughter, Ashley, Michael Hill and his wife, Barbara, and their children and spouses, Amy Proskine and husband, Zachary, Benjamin Hill, Crystal Michaud and husband, Travis, and Patrick Hill; three great-grandchildren, Lauren Hill, Garrett Proskine and Hunter Michaud. He is also survived by a brother, Royce Hill and his wife, Darlene; two sisters-in-law, Ethyle Canada and Helen Quinn; a brother-in-law, Lewis Lamphere; an aunt, Marion Lilley; and also several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A granddaughter, Katelyn Hill, predeceased him.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at the Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, with the Rev. Dr. Donald Boardman officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the church on Friday.
Committal services and burial will be in the Brookside Cemetery in Gilbertsville.
Friends are asked to make donations to the Alzheimer's Association or Chase Nursing Home in his memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Published in The Daily Star on Nov. 12, 2002,