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James L. "Jim" Hill

October 25, 2015

James L. “Jim” Hill, 81, of Thistle Way, Danville, PA passed away Friday morning, October 23, 2015 at the Emmanuel Nursing Center at Maria Joseph Danville PA.  He  was born June 18, 1934  in Hazleton PA, the son of the late Richard J. and Anna Martha (Lohrke) Hill. 

Jim graduated from Selinsgrove Area High School in 1952, then married his soulmate Shirley I. (Nichols) Hill, on April 14, 1953.  His death breaks a marital union of 62 years. 

Mr. Hill served his country in the United States Naval Reserves, entering during his Junior year of HS in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1968. His active duty was spent aboard ship in the Carribean, moving supplies between  US Naval Stations in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St Thomas,USVI; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  

He retired from the American Buildings Company as their District Sales Manager for PA, NY and NJ, after having won their annual top sales award, a Gold Cadillac, several years. He also was self employed much of the 1970’s, owning Susquehanna Hobbies, J & J Decorating, and Hill’s Decorating Center in Selinsgrove, PA. After retirement, he and his wife Shirley, decided that they were not meant for the quiet life, so they opened Collectables Unlimited in Lewisburg, then relocated it to Danville.  Their gift shop specialized in Fenton Art Glass, which was at one time the largest retailer of Fenton on the east coast, and garnered collectors from many states when they hosted their annual Fenton Art Glass signings by various members of the Fenton family. The end of September 2014, marked the bittersweet closing of Collectables Unlimited.  

He was a member of Danville-Mahoning Lodge #224 Free and Accepted Masons.  Danville PA.   

Jim treasured time with his family, and rarely missed a school or sporting event that included his daughter or grandsons. He ventured to Boy Scout Camp Lavigne several times for camping trips with Terry and Jamie, and was thrilled to have them by his side whenever possible. He was especially proud of their accomplishments, and always encouraged his family to be the best they could be.  He was an amateur HAM radio operator, and enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, and helping his son in law Scott with his hobby, model trains; generously spending many years helping to staff T & J Train Junction in Danville.  He always indulged his daughter in many childhood past-times, which included getting her a motorcycle, much to his wife Shirley’s dismay. All family members knew that if Jim ever suggested taking a shortcut, they were in for a day long adventure which included getting lost, and possibly never reaching the intended destination.  Jim loved a good story or joke, and had a laugh that was like no other.  Many a year was spent with family at their river house in Shady Nook, where he captained a houseboat on the Susquehanna, and anchored it to docks that were courtesy of high water and flooding.  Jim always had a soft spot for animals, and readily volunteered to run Doggie camp at the Lynn household whenever they vacationed.  His fur family will miss his frequent hugs and visits with treats.  

He is survived by one daughter; MaryAnn Lynn and her husband Scott, of Danville, PA.  Also surviving are grandchildren Terrance, Jamie, and Scott of Danville, and Derrick of Fayetteville, NC. He is also survived by 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, including his Godson Richard T. Hill, of Duluth, GA. 

He was preceded in death by twin daughters Debra and Cheryl in 1957, as well as his  sister Anne M. Groce, and brothers Donald W., Richard E., and Rev. Kenneth R. Hill. 

Services will be private at the convenience of the family with Pastor Greg Molter officiating.  Masonic services will be conducted by Danville-Mahoning Lodge #224 F & AM.  The family will provide flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Resource Center c/o Linda Bird, 301 A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA  17815; or the PSPCA 2801 Bloom Rd., Danville, PA 17821. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA. www.visneski.com


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