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Columbia Missourian

Clayton Robert Hill loved singing, travel

By Tyler McConnell
December 14, 2012 | 6:15 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Clayton Robert Hill of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. He was 83.

He was born Sept. 19, 1929, in Carthage to Clayton G. and Georgia Janney Hill. He married Jeanette Miller on Nov. 29, 1951.

Mr. Hill earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts with a minor in mathematics from Southwest Missouri State in 1952 after graduating from Excelsior Springs High School.

He worked for the Missouri Highway Department supervising crews and working in highway and bridge construction. After moving to Columbia, Mr. Hill worked for M&M Highway Materials as an engineer estimator.

Mr. Hill then worked for Ballenger Construction, Central Bridge and APAC. He retired in 2011. 

When he was young, Mr. Hill enjoyed woodworking and working with the Boy Scouts. He served as Cub Master and Scout Master.

Mr. Hill attended Memorial Baptist Church. He served on the church's Long-Range Planning Committee, which was instrumental in building the education building and the new sanctuary. Mr. Hill was also a deacon and long-time member of the choir.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Hill especially enjoyed travel and visited all 50 states in the U.S., as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Holland and Austria.

Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Jeanette; one son, Carl; two daughters, Nancy (David) and Mary (Tim); two sisters, Betty (Paul) and Christie (Alan); one brother-in-law, Ed; six grandchildren, Jet (Michael), Holly, Nathan, Stacy, Kellie and Conner; two great-grandchildren, Tucker and Jagger; four honorary grandchildren, Kaili, Susan, Tyler and Alice.

His parents and a sister, Fannie, died earlier.

Visitation will be at noon Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., followed by a service at 2 p.m. 

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Park Cemetery in Carthage.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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