Melvin L. Hill

BARAGA – Melvin L. Hill, 89, of Baraga, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital.

He was born in Detroit, Mich. on August 29, 1924, the son of the late Urba Hill and Hilda (Oja) Smith. Melvin attended school in Baraga. He served in the US Navy during WWII. Melvin married the former Mildred Pesonen in Calumet on October 6, 1946. He was a deliveryman for the Copper Country Dairy for many years. Melvin was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie. He enjoyed watching baseball, especially the Cubs, taking walks with his dogs, going on picnics and hunting.

Mr. Hill is survived by his loving wife, Mildred; daughters, Doris (John) Morrison of Brimley, Mich., and Brenda (William) Sterbenz of Baraga; grandchildren, Jennifer Collins, Andy (Nicky) Morrison, and Kara (Chris) VanderMeer, Kyle, Randall, and Kevin Hill; daughter-in-law, Virginia Hill; numerous great grandchildren; and brother, Brent (Helen) Smith.

He was preceded in death by his son, Tom; daughter, Nancy; grandson, Bill; and sister, Jean.

Funeral services for Mr. Hill will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013, in Mission United Lutheran Church, Pelkie, with Pastor John Autio officiating. The family will greet friends in the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Baraga County area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct military honors at the church on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Spring interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery.

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The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel in L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.