Delvin Fay Hill passed away on Sept. 6, 2011 in Colville. Delvin was born in Durango, CO, on Sept. 2, 1937, the son of Norine (Garner) and Otis Hill. The family moved to Wilder, Idaho and then to Colville in 1948, where they homesteaded 160 acres on Rocky Lake. Delvin attended Colville schools and graduated in 1956. He was active in basketball and baseball.
Delvin married Sharon Parker in Colville on Oct. 7, 1960 and they celebrated 50 years of marriage.
He is survived by Sharon, at the home; one daughter, Shardell Shrum and husband, Brad, Spokane; one son, Delvin Jr. “J.R.” Hill, Spokane; one grandson, Cory Shrum and his fiancée, Julie Duchow, Spokane;; his twin brother, Melvin Hill and wife, Carol, Olympia; brothers, Royce Hill and wife, Joyce, Green Valley, AZ; Bob Hill and wife, Betty, Valley; one sister, Geneva Irwin and husband, Bob, Oroville.
Delvin spent his working years doing millwright and electrical work at the local sawmills and retired in 2004 from Columbia Navigation. He spent eight years in the Coast Guard Reserve. Delvin and Sharon enjoyed many years and miles traveling the country on their Goldwing motorcycle, snowmobiling and four-wheeling from their lake cabin. He especially enjoyed his almost yearly visits to the Oregon Coast.
Delvin was one of the pioneers in Colville in terms of his Christmas outdoor lighting. He delighted many people, especially children, with his creative displays and received many a thank- you from families who passed by each year. Halloween was also a favorite for Delvin, who decorated and handed out candy to countless goblins, often dipping into his “private stock” of candy bars by evening’s end. He also enjoyed golf, reading western novels and many happy times with family and friends at the lake cabin. For many years, the 4th of July fireworks were a summer highlight at the lake and a tradition to be proudly carried-on by his grandson. Delvin loved a good time.
Delvin was a long-time member of the Eagles Lodge. He was a kind man, always ready to stop and help someone in need. There weren’t many situations he couldn’t handle using his quick wit and a roll of electrical tape with a few spare pieces thrown in. His great sense of humor and smile will forever be missed by all who loved him.
A celebration of Delvin’s life was held Sept. 9, 2011 at the Addy Inn.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association at 910 W. 5th Ave., Ste 256, Spokane, WA 99204.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and crematory was in charge of arrangements.
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