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Donald Hill

September 30, 1944 — September 20, 2021


Donald Milo Hill

September 30, 1944              September 20, 2021

Donald M. Hill, 76 died Monday, September 20, 2021 at University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing.  He was born in Superior, WI on September 30, 1944 to David and Inez Hill.  He grew up in Superior and joined the U.S. Navy in 1963.  He served in the Navy from 1963-1968.  Donald was stationed on the USS Ticonderoga during the Vietnam War.  Don later worked for U.S. Steel in Duluth and Superior, later in Mt. Iron, MN as a train operator, retiring in 2001 from Minntac.

Don married the love of his life, Joyce on March 17, 1969 on St. Patrick’s Day.  Together they raised five children, Marnie, Lisa, Kimberly, Donny and Ronny.  Don loved fishing, camping, and spending time with his family. He loved working in his garage and woodworking in his spare time.  Don was a happy spirit and was loved by many.  His love for life and family will be cherished.

Donald is survived by his wife, Joyce Hill, three daughters, Marnie (Dan) Salmela, Lisa Hill-Paver, Kimberly Burdick-Hill and his two sons, Donny (Heather) Hill and Ronny Hill, his cherished grandchildren, Ericka and Courtney Salmela, Jessica (Pat Maki) Channing and Joe Paver, Brandon Hill, Spencer, Whitney, Warren, and Matt Burdick, Jake Holm, Tori and Austin Hill, great-grandchildren, Kiley, Coleton, Kenzly, Ryden, and Evalyn, Don’s sisters, Beverly Martineau, Judy Hill, Virginia Trentor, Judy (Wesley) Kahler, Debbie (Curt) Perry, his loved nieces and nephews, and his special God children, Guy, Tony, Danyielle, and Keli.

He is preceded in death by his parents, David and Inez Hill, brothers, David and Victor Hill, sisters, MaryAnn, Jean, Evelyn, Neda, and Bonnie, and his brother-in-laws, George, Larry and John.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, His joy for life and loving spirit will remain in our hearts forever.  Our gratitude and thanks to the staff at Essentia, St. Luke’s, and Fairview for the loving care of our husband and father.  A special thank you to Dr. Yanatan Hilman for his kindness and compassion to our family.

Funeral services for Don will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing.  The Rev. Kevin Olson will officiate.  Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the 1:00 pm funeral at the church on Saturday.  Interment will be Monday at the Greenwood Cemetery in Superior, WI.  Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, September 25, 2021

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Our Saviors Lutheran Church (Hibbing)


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Funeral Service

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Our Savior's Lutheran Church

501 E 23rd St, Hibbing, MN 55746

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