Donald C. Hill, 81

Donald Carroll Hill, 81 of Broken Bow, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Broken Bow. Memorial services were Monday, Oct. 1, at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Jim Stark officiating. Inurnment was in the Broken Bow Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary in charge of arrangements.Don was born Feb. 22, 1931, to Carroll and Madge (Heitz) Hill near Oconto. His early years were spent on the family farm near Oconto. He graduated from Oconto High School in 1948, and from there went to Kearney State College where he received his teaching degree.After college he taught country school for a while and worked for several area farmers and at one time worked for the Kuglers on the Log Ranch.In 1951, he went to work for Safeway Stores in Broken Bow for eight years, where he was promoted to manager. For the next 10 years he managed several stores in three different towns in Iowa, before moving to Albion in 1969. In 1971, the family moved back to Broken Bow where Don worked at the Safeway Store until right before its closing. Then he worked for a short time at the IGA store, and finished out his work years at Jack & Jill. He loved working in the stores and met so many people over the years. He was a friend to all.July 3, 1953, he married Shirley Plock of Broken Bow, and to this union a son, Albert, was born in 1958. He and Shirley loved to dance and were known to be gone every Saturday night somewhere. He served eight years in the National Guard. He enjoyed hunting and playing pitch and cribbage. He became involved in the Prairie Pioneer Center in Broken Bow where he served on the board for several years. He was there every day playing pool with the guys, and hardly ever missed a meal there. He especially took pride in shooting pool with his grandson, Shaun, every chance he got.He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Shirley; his parents, Carroll and Madge Hill; and his brother, Duane (Buzz) Hill.He is survived by his son, Al and wife Ruth of Broken Bow; grandson, Shaun Hill of Broken Bow; sister, Donna and husband Duane Beck of Oconto; sister-in-law, Lois Hill of Broken Bow; and several nieces and nephews, and lots of friends. Everyone Don knew was a special friend to him. He will be dearly missed.Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 4, 2012