Daniel David Hill, age 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, September 20, 2013, at his daughter's home in Elgin. Born on July 27, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Earl and Mildred (Mohrhardt) Miller, he graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1942 and joined the Marines shortly afterward. A proud member of Marine Bombing Squadron VMB 611, he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Pacific Theater.
After the war, he married the love of his life, Eva (nee Kaufman), on July 12, 1950. Four years later, he received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and began his teaching career in Port Huron, Michigan. In 1962, he, his wife and children moved to Des Plaines. He taught US history and coached varsity tennis at Niles West High School until his retirement in 1991.
Daniel's passion for American history extended beyond the classroom. The events of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars took the place of typical bedtime stories for his children, who learned the preamble to the Constitution along with the Lord's Prayer. He was active in his church, serving as usher at the First Congregational Church in Des Plaines for 50 years, and was one of the founding members of Boy Scout Troop 160, continuing his connection with Boy Scouts through reunions at Thunderbird and St. Germaine. Daniel was also passionate about tennis, playing for many years as a member of the River Trails Tennis Club and winning trophies at several local tournaments. He cheered for all University of Michigan teams (“Go Blue!”) and enjoyed big band music, but more than anything he loved people, having the rare gift to make everyone he encountered feel welcomed and special.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Frederick Hill; brother Ted Hill; sisters Sally Hill and Barbara Willard; and a stillborn baby daughter. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Eva; children Holly (Rollie) Putnam, Cindy Holliday, Robin (Michael) Rowan, and Daniel (Sharon) Hill; siblings William (Mary) Miller and Patti Respondek; grandchildren Rachel Rowan, Christopher Hill Holliday, Justin (Amanda) Parker and Lindsey Parker; great-grandchildren Lilly Munz-Parker and Macklin Parker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Friday, September 27,2013 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Until 12:00 noon at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines, followed by a 12:30 Funeral Service at First Congregational Church,766 Graceland Avenue, with internment at Memory Gardens in Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines would be greatly appreciated. For information 847-699-9003.