Harold L. "Mick" Hill Sr., 91, of Muncy, passed away peacefully at home on April 29, 2017, with family members by his side.
He was born March 11, 1926, on Green Street in Muncy, a son of the late Reno and Marguerite (Phillips) Hill. Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Bettie J. Lindauer and an infant son, Jon L.
An outstanding high school wrestler during the 1941-42 season, Mick was state runner-up at 95 lbs. The following season, he was state champion at 103 lbs. His senior year he placed fourth at 112 lbs.
After graduating from Muncy High School in 1944, Mick served with the Army in Europe during World War II. Pfc. Hill was a rifleman with the 314th Regiment, 79th "Cross of Lorraine" Infantry Division and he participated in several campaigns including an amphibious river-assault across the Rhine and the "Ruhr Pocket" in Germany. Near the end, his regiment marched into Prague, Czechoslovakia. After the war, Mick was attached to General George S. Patton's Headquarters Company, became a member of the Army Wrestling Team and participated in matches across Europe. He later re-enlisted and was stationed in the Pacific before returning home to Muncy in 1952. Soon after, he was employed by Anchor-Darling Valve, Williamsport, where he retired in 1988.
In recognition of his wrestling success, Mick was nominated to the Muncy High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980; the District Four Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003 and the West Branch Valley Chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, 2010.
Mick, a long-time collector of bottles and jars, was considered an expert in the field. He also enjoyed collecting Muncy memorabilia, antiquing in general, horse racing at the Lycoming County Fair and watching his beloved Phillies. He was also a fan of wrestling at all levels.
Surviving are two sisters, Marilouise "Wease" Silvagni, of Williamsport, and Eleanor "Tootie" Starr, of Montoursville; four children, Vicki E. Bartholomew (Ray), of Muncy, Teresa K. Richards (David), of Gettysburg, Patti A. Hill, and Harold L. Hill, Jr., both of Muncy; four grandchildren, Michele George (Mike), of Elimsport, Shane Gulliver, of Sunbury, Jesse Richards (Sidney McClendon), of Gettysburg, and Alyssa Richards (Matt Kibert), of Philadelphia; three great-grandchildren, Ashtyn Herman (Derek Maggs), of Turbotville, Kyle Gulliver, of Shamokin, Austin Herman, of Sunbury; and one great-great-grandchild, Nala Rae Maggs, of Turbotville.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, William "Bill" Hill, of Muncy, and Ronald Hill, Mansfield, Ohhio.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The family is being assisted by Grenoble's, 121 S. Main St., Muncy.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com.
Published on May 3, 2017