Ranger Murray Hill
Ranger Murray Hill, 74, brother of three Portage County
residents, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Unity Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.
Mr. Hill was born Jan. 23, 1942, a member of the Oneida
Nation, in Wisconsin Rapids, a son of the late Ainsley Hill and Wilmae
(Sickles) Hill Plahmer of Stevens Point.
He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959 and served four
years overseas in Japan and Okinawa. He was on board ship during the blockade
of the Soviet missiles into Cuba in 1962. He was honorably discharged in 1962.
After service, he began working at Soo Line Railroad in
After retiring from the Soo Line, his hobby of woodworking
became a full-time job, with cabinet-making a particular skill utilized during the
next 25 years. The last six months of his life he spent making cremation urns.
Survivors include three children, Colleen (Rick) Raemisch,
Colorado Springs, Colo., Andrea (Bob) Johnston, North Bend, Wash., and Ryan
Hill, Duluth, Minn.; five sisters, Caroline Jackson and Anita (Dick) Hetzel,
both of Plover, Karen Rusch, Sandy Furo and Deb (Dan) Pilon; one brother, Gary
(Donna) Plahmer, Stevens Point; and two granddaughters.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Cathy; two sisters,
Carita Butler and Irene John; and one brother, Leroy Hill.