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Donald L. Hills

Aug 23, 2013

Donald L. Hills, 84, of Winfield and formerly of Mt. Union and Columbus City, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at the Sunrise Terrace Care Center in Winfield.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Columbus City Cemetery, Columbus City, where burial will take place. Mark Kimzey will officiate. A graveside military flag presentation will be conducted by Iowa Military Funeral Honors Detail. There will be no visitation at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant, which is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Winfield Public Library.

He was born May 20, 1929, in Columbus City. He was the son of Orville and Mildred Irene VanAuken Hills. He attended Columbus City Schools. On May 22, 1954, he married Clara Evelyn Marie McDowell. She preceded him in death.

Following his formal education, he returned to work on the family farm. He remained there until he was called to serve his country during the Korean War. He was inducted into the United States Army on April 6, 1951, at Ft. Des Moines. He became an infantryman assigned to Company F of the 23rd Infantry Regiment. He received an honorable discharge as a Sergeant on Feb. 5, 1953.

Upon his return home, he worked as a farmhand. He then went to work for the Mt. Union Co-op. In 1983, he accepted a position as a custodian for the Winfield-Mt. Union School District. He remained there until his retirement in 1993.

He served as a councilman on the Mt. Union city council. With his wife, he was active in the Winfield-Mt. Union Booster Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking. He and his wife owned a cabin on Lake Rathbun, where he enjoyed fishing for crappies.

He is survived by three children, Carla (Mike) Morrow of Mt. Pleasant, Becky (Tim) Smith of Ft. Garland, Colo. and Jon (Tess) Hills of Mt. Union; one sister, Deloris Hamilton of Fredonia; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; one daughter, Cherie Hills; and one sister, Eva Griffin.

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