Feb. 15, 1913-April 22, 2005
WALLA WALLA - The funeral for Fred W. Hill will be Friday, May 6, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton to be followed by a celebration of life gathering at the Let'er Buck Room at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.
Mr. Hill, 92, of Walla Walla, died Friday, April 22, 2005, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla.
He was born Feb. 15, 1913, at Helix, to James and Beulah Rankin Hill. He moved with his family into Pendleton when he was 5 years old. He grew up in Pendleton and attended local schools. He was a member of the Pendleton High School basketball team that won the state chanpionship in 1931 and received a basketball scholarship to Oregon State University. He played on the first Oregon State team to win the West Coast championship.
After graduation from college, he was a county agent in Baker City where he met his wife-to-be, Jean Silven. They eloped and were married Christmas Day in 1937. Several years later they moved back to the family ranch in Juniper Canyon near Helix where they lived until they built a home in Pendleton in 1968.
Mr. Hill was involved in Round-Up and Happy Canyon for many years. He was on the Round-Up board and was especially fond of his tenure as Indian Director. He and Chief Clarence Burke were great friends. He served as president of the Round-Up in 1960-61.
He was honored as grand marshal of the Westward Ho! parade in 1994.
He served as the temporary chairman of the Round-Up Hall of Fame committee in 1979. Their dream of a separate museum is presently under construction.
He served as Umatilla County chairman for Tom McCall for governor. He was appointed to the Oregon Highway Commission in 1967 and served for six years.
His wife, Jean Hill, died in 1986.
He later married Shirley Gardner Carey and moved to Walla Walla where his wife still resides. The couple spent winters in Hawaii for many years.
His parents, Jim and Beulah Hill, and brother, James, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; his daughter, Terry, of Portland, son, Fritz and daughter- in-law, Karen, of Pendleton; grandsons, Jason and Winston; sister, Isabelle Turner, in Portland; and stepchildren, Kim Johnson and Eli Whitney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Round-Up Hall of Fame.