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VERLE E. "BUD" HILL

Thursday, May 14, 2009

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Verle E. "Bud" Hill, age 83, of Hot Springs Village, AR died May 11, 2009 at his home with his loving wife, family and caregivers present.

Born July 8, 1925 in Golden City, MO to William Edward and Della Victoria Hill.

He was in the property and casualty insurance business for 35 years with the Western Insurance Companies at various locations before retiring in 1984.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and was assigned to a B17 crew flying out of England where he was awarded the Air Medal, several oak leaf clusters and numerous other combat ribbons.

He was a lifetime member of the Alumni Association of Pittsburg State University, also the St. Louis Pond of the Honorable Order of Blue Goose International and a Perpetual Member of the Norman, Oklahoma Masonic Lodge No. 38 AF&AM.

He was also a member of the Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church.

He was married to Georgia M. Smith in Ft. Scott, Kan., on Aug. 22, 1946. They moved to Hot Springs Village in October 1985.

He was preceded in death by his parents: William E. and Della V. Hill, daughter Donna Louise Hill, brother Charles E. Hill and sister Bessie M. Weber.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years Georgia M. Hill of Hot Springs Village; daughter, Patricia A. Bellamy of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three sons: Kenneth and Linda Hill of Kansas City, Kan.; John and Lynn Hill of Dallas, Texas; Martin and Rebecca Hill of Union City, Mo.; five grandchildren: James and Dangela Hill of Dallas, Texas; Amy Hill of Olathe, Kan.; Timothy and Callyn Hill of Dallas, Texas; Patrick Hill of Union City, Mo.; three great-granddaughters: Molly, Piper, and Mikayla Hill of Dallas, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs Village, Ariz., Saturday May 16, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bill Bailey officiating.

Special thanks to those who gave selflessly of themselves to care for Bud; Ellie Hyatt, Gayle Harwood, Debbie Covey, Diane Gaut, Sylvia Ross, Karen Wotton, Susan Katy, and Odyssey Hospice.

Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 10483.

The body will be cremated with cremains interred in the National Cemetery at Fort Scott, Kan.

Memorial services will be held on June 26, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. in Fort Scott, Kan., at the National Cemetery Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Caruth Village Funeral Home. Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com