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Katherine Hill

Katherine Hill

Katherine Hill


- October 8, 2018

Katherine Hill, age 95, of Philip formerly of Gregory, South Dakota, died on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Philip Nursing Home.

A visitation will be held 5-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. MST on Thursday, October 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. CST on Friday, October 12, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gregory.

Interment will be at a later date at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Emmet Township.

Katherine Hill, better known as "Kate" by her family and friends, was born March 13, 1923, on the family farm north of Burke, South Dakota, to Ben and Charlotte (Farley) Neuroth. Katherine’s siblings include Eileen; Wilfred; Frances; and Warren. At age 13, Katherine’s mother died in 1936. Her father moved to Seattle in the 1940s, where he married Laura and they had twins, Robert and Barbara.

Katherine attended classes through the sixth grade in a one-room rural schoolhouse. She did well in school and was allowed to skip second grade, which led to her graduation from Burke High School in 1940 along with future husband, Harley Hill.
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Katherine entered nurse’s training under the Cadet Nurse Corps at St. Vincent’s in Sioux City, graduating as an RN in 1944. Harley enlisted in the Navy and was a flight instructor. They married later that year on September 22, 1944, while stationed in Beeville, Texas.

After finishing their tour, they returned to Gregory where they operated a hardware store and managed the Gregory Airport. There were also the family operations of ranching, farming, and house construction over the years. They had four children, Rollie, Randy, Donna, and DeAnn. Katherine and Harley later separated and divorced.

Katherine returned to nursing and worked at the Gregory Rosebud Nursing Home for 18 years, retiring in 1995. In her retirement, she has enjoyed bridge clubs, reading, crosswords, and a birthday club which was together for over 40 years. Katherine has resided in Philip since 2006 where Donna has done a wonderful job of caring for our mother.

Katherine is survived by her four children, Rollie (Elle) Hill of Rapid City; Randy (Dolores) Hill of Dallas, Texas; Donna (Ray) Smith of Philip; DeAnn Hill of Omaha; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by Harley (2016).

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.



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