Harold L. “Mick” Hill, Sr., 91, of Muncy, passed away peacefully at home on April 29, 2017, with family members by his side.
Born March 11, 1926 on Green Street in Muncy, Harold was the 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 95lbs. The following season, he was State Champion at 103lbs. His senior year, he placed fourth at 112lbs.
After graduating from Muncy High School in 1944, Mr. Hill served with the United States Army in Europe during World War Two. 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 United States Army Wrestling Team and participated in matches across Europe. He later reenlisted 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, Williamsport, and Eleanor “Tootie” Starr, Montoursville; four children: Vicki E. Bartholomew (Ray), Muncy; Teresa K. Richards (David), Gettysburg; Patti A. Hill, Muncy; and Harold L. Hill, Jr., also of Muncy. There are four grandchildren: Michele George (Mike), Elimsport; Shane Gulliver, Sunbury; Jesse Richards (Sidney McClendon), Gettysburg; and Alyssa Richards (Matt Kibert), Philadelphia; three great-grandchildren: Ashtyn Herman (Derek Maggs), Turbotville; Kyle Gulliver, Shamokin; Austin Herman, Sunbury; and one great-great-grandchild, Nala Rae Maggs, Turbotville.
“Mick” is also preceded in death by two brothers, William “Bill” Hill, Muncy and Ronald Hill, Mansfield, OH.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on 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.