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Ronald E. Hill
Self-proclaimed country boy from Wilson, Utah, Ronald E. Hill, passed away unexpectedly on April 30, 2021. Ron was born on May 31, 1945, to Charles and Zelma (Long) Hill. Ron moved to South Ogden in 1958.
Ron described his move to South Ogden as one of the most heartbreaking events in his life to that point. He had attended Wilson School through sixth grade, one year at Wahlquist Junior High, and was then thrust into not only moving into “town,” but having to attend South Junior High where he knew no one. An unexpected encounter with Richard “Rick” Marriott when they were both being reprimanded for not dressing-out for P.E. led to a lifelong friendship; Rick preceded him in death just about a year ago.
The move did have an upside. Ron did yard work for neighbors and one of those neighbors was Harry Kammeyer. A bond and friendship would ensue. Ron’s first big job was at the Motor View Drive-In. He was part of the snack bar crew where he decided he was a pretty good cook. From this job, he went to work for Ernie Schneiter’s Riverside Golf Course. He helped put in the lawns and water the course. After the golf course opened he picked up balls late into the night and then made the big move into the pro-shop. These jobs allowed him to buy his first car in high school.
Later many grew to love him as he worked side by side with Larry Joynt at Kammeyer’s and then Wolfe’s Sporting Goods. Larry taught Ron to string rackets which became a longtime side profession for him. Many sought out Ron for his beautiful stringing work.
Ron graduated from Bonneville High School in 1963. He served in the Air Force beginning in 1966 and then came home to complete a bachelor’s degree at Weber State in 1969. This degree led him to teach for over 30 years in the Weber School District. During this time, he also completed a master’s degree at BYU.
Ron’s many projects, hobbies, and loves included Dutch oven cooking where he served as President of the International Dutch Oven Society. He made countless friendships in car clubs. He was also a respected director on the Wasatch Peaks Credit Union Board of Directors where he served for many years. He served as a mentor in the Big Brother’s Program and was a foster parent. He served on the South Ogden reserve police force. He loved golf, tennis, and racquetball.
Ron was a member of the LDS church where he was an ordained Deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood. He participated in the scouting program and also became a scout leader.
Ron is survived by his sisters Jolene Maurer (Larry), Cheryl Burnett (Rich), and Sister-
in-law Carole Hill.
All 11 nephews and nieces and their extended families will tell you there was no one quite like their Uncle Ron. He had a habit of making friends everywhere he went, and he leaves countless grieving friends behind.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents and, just six months ago, his older brother Dennis C. Hill.
In true Ron fashion, we invite you to dress casually for the services.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary.
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Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park
My first year of teaching was at Lomond View Elementary in the annex next to Ron's. He was an incredible mentor and example of pure and selfless service, not only to his students, but to all who were blessed to know him. He truly cared about and respected everyone. He dedicated his life to others, being a true friend and bringing out the best in those around him. I will forever be grateful to him and know he will be dearly missed by many.
Karen C. Manning May 7 2021 12:56 AM
Kristy Joynt-Szeles lit a candle for Ronald E. Hill
Kristy Joynt-Szeles May 6 2021 6:58 PM
I worked with Ron for about 15 years. He was one of the nicest persons
I have ever known and a wonderful teacher. However, he wasn't above playing a joke, such as getting the men on the faculty to pick up your new car and move it. After work there was no car to be found. He could do things in a big way. The only thing I ever heard him complain about was green peppers in his food. He was a wonderful friend to many and will be sorely missed.
Lynne Greenwood/Lomond View May 6 2021 4:48 PM
We are sorry for your loss. Iur thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time
Dave & Bonnie Ruesch May 6 2021 2:33 AM
The world lost not only a wonderful person, a skilled educator, a patient and compassionate listener, and an honest friend to those most in need of one, in Ron Hill. Although four decades have passed, I still hear his infectious laughter radiating from that aluminum annex 2nd grade classroom and see the beet-red glow radiating from his occasionally embarrassed face, and as if it occurred last week. I fondly recall him as a jolly elf, dressed like Santa Claus in a school play, and I as a toy soldier with lipstick-painted cheeks.
I know Ron arrived into my young life for a reason and related to a shy, awkward kid like me. Even at such a young age, I somehow knew we shared a terribly dark, unwanted burden, an unmentionable, and shameful secret we both feared the discovery of. As an adult, I encountered him just once, some years ago, and hinted about my own movement beyond that terrible fear and finding real truth in my own life, the truth he deserved too. Without receiving acknowledgement, I somehow knew he found peace and acceptance too.
The kindness Ron embossed on my visual and audio cortexes during those times lives on inside me, rent free in perpetuity. The law of conservation of energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed - only converted from one form of energy to another. Ron's wonderful energy lives on through the people he inspired, touched, listened to and helped and for as long as my heart, and so many others that he influenced, beat on.
A Former Student with a Secret May 5 2021 8:54 PM
jerry stanger lit a candle for Ronald E. Hill
jerry stanger May 5 2021 1:27 PM
Mr Hill was my favorite teacher at Lomond View Elementary.. It was clear that he loved his job teaching kids! He was able to capture attention from this non attentive, roudy student. I hope his family can celebrate his life! RIP Mr Hill!
Brian Lee May 4 2021 10:22 PM
Ron was my 6th grade teacher at Lomond View and he was my favorite. We loved teasing him about how his sideburns must whistle when he rode a motorcycle. Another memory was he allowed us to brainstorm ideas for an upcoming field trip. He would list the different ideas on the board. A new kid suggested (to our puritanical horror) that we go see Black Sabbath in concert. Mr. Hill congratulated the kid on coming up with an interesting idea where he could have easily have dismissed him or made him feel stupid.
He was kind enough to be my guest and guest speaker when I earned my Eagle Scout award. I feel bad that I never took the opportunity to track him down later to thank him for being such an influential figure in my life. A truly great teacher.
Ted Stowe May 4 2021 8:48 PM
Ron was a nice guy he helped me when he worked at Kemmerer's sport store. he knew my dad who sold sporting goods to the store. i always ask for ron when i went to the store to buy items. he will be remember by me as a very special and friendly guy. May the lord bless his family at this time. Scott C. russell, North Ogden
scott c. russell May 4 2021 6:29 PM
I remember Ron well when he worked at Kemmerer's sporting goods store. he was always a cool guy to help me as a student just a little younger than himself. Love and prayers go out to his family. He was a friend of my fathers also who sold sporting goods to him at the store.
scott c. russell May 4 2021 6:21 PM