Edward Arnold Hill passed away on Dec. 31, 2018, surrounded by family at his home on his family’s original donation land claim in Independence, Oregon, at the age of 70. He fought hard during his two-year battle with cancer, always staying upbeat and optimistic. While his body finally succumbed to the disease, his strong, ever-loving spirit remains with us.
Ed was born Nov. 14, 1948, in Polk County Oregon, to Orville H. and Ida “Lucille” (Wilson) Hill, which was 101 years to the day of the Independence’s founding father, Henry W. Hill’s, arrival to Independence, Oregon — November 14, 1847.
As the third generation descendant of pioneers, Ed was the Great-Grandson of Henry W. and Martha V. Hill, the founders of Independence, OR. Ed was raised in Independence, living in the original home of his Great-Grandparents Henry W. and Martha V. Hill, until 1971.
After Ed graduated from Central High School (Independence, OR), in 1966, he spent three years studying at a local college where he earned certifications in Business and Real Estate Appraisal. After the sudden death of his Father, Orville H. Hill, in 1969, Ed managed the Hill Family Farm for his Mother, consisting of 100 acres just outside of the city limits of Independence, OR. That same year, Ed joined the Elks Lodge, where he remained a member for 49 years. This was important to him since his Father (Orville H.) was recognized as one of the Elks original chartered members.
In 1967, Ed met Kathy Clark (Independence, OR), who would become the Love of his Life. The two were married, in 1971, at the Presbyterian Church, in Independence, on the land donated by Ed’s Great-Grandfather, Henry W. Hill. The couple had two children, Eric Edward (1974) and Erin Kathleen (1975).
In 1975, Ed began his career as a Property Appraiser, working in the Polk County, Linn County, and Marion County Assessor Offices. In 1982, Ed was elected Marion County Assessor, serving a four-year term, as the youngest Assessor ever elected in Oregon’s history at that time. In 1987, Ed opened a Real Estate Appraisal office in downtown Independence. After 23 years of Real Estate Appraisal, Ed retired due to failing health.
After setting up a home with his family, on the remaining seven acres of the Hill Family Farm, Ed spent the last 20 years doing what he loved the most. Ed’s days were spent tending the land of his forefathers. He loved caring for all living things, whether it was cultivating his gardens, caring for animals, or spending time with his family.
Ed lived a life of service to those he loved. He demonstrated that the purpose of life is not just about your own happiness, but rather is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived, and loved well.
Ed was preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Orville H. and Ida “Lucille” Hill, along with his brother, Robert L. Hill.
Survivors include his wife Kathy; son, Eric (Shawn); daughter, Erin; and four Grandchildren: Lucille (Lucy), Grace, Mary Jane, and Henry.
Private family services will be held on Sunday Jan. 13, 2019, at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center
287 SW Washington St., Dallas, OR 97338. Burial will be at the Pioneer Cemetery, Rickreall, OR, on the Hill Family plot near his ancestors. Celebration of Life, to follow, at 2 p.m. at Independence City Hall, Banquet Hall, 555 S. Main St., Independence, OR.