Jacob Wendell “Jake” Hill, age 82, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2005 at Lakeview Care Center in Bigfork, Montana. He was born on December 26, 1922 in Dallas, Texas the son of Dewey and Beulah (Smith) Hill. “Jake” had one older sister, Mary Sterling. He spent his childhood in Texas, and enlisted in the Marines in 1943. He served our country in the 3rd Battalion L Company and participated in action against the enemy at Bougainville, the consolidation of the Northern Solomon Islands, Emirau Island, Guam, Okinawa and the Occupation of Japan until December 1945. He married the love of his life Nadyne Taylor on May 1, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. Jake worked as an accountant, bookkeeper and field office manager for construction companies most of his life. He worked at Reno Sheet Metal until his retirement. Jake and Nadyne have three children. Jake loved to hunt and fish and spent many, many days on the lake. He shared his love of golfing with his wife Nadyne and they had many memories shared with good friends. He was a member of the United States Marine Raider Association. In 1998 they moved to Bigfork, Montana to live with their son Larry and his family. Since 2001, Jake has been a resident of Lakeview Care Center. Jake was a loving husband to Nadyne, for nearly 60 years, and a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was loved and adored and will be missed by all of his family.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven; a granddaughter Blakely Ellen Hill; grandson Chad Jennings; his sister Mary Sterling and his parents. He is will be missed by his wife Nadyne Hill, at their home in Bigfork, MT; three children; one daughter, Connie Jennings of Coronado, CA; Two sons; Larry Hill and wife Carole of Bigfork, MT and Gary Hill and wife Cindy of Reno, NV; seven grandchildren; Sunny Foster and her husband Steven of Reno, NV; Lindsay McGowan and husband Michael of Lookout Mountain, GA; Ryan Hill and Audrey Hill of Reno, NV; Valerie Jennings of Coronado, CA; Jacob A. Hill and Mitchell Hill both of Bigfork, MT; four great grandchildren; Sydney, Stephen and Sierra Foster of Reno, NV; and Caroline Adler of Lookout Mountain, GA; cousin; Trish Boatright, and nephews Bobby Cloud and Tommy Cloud all of Texas.
A Memorial Service with military honors will be held at a later date in Bigfork, MT. Johnson Mortuary and Crematory is caring for Jacob’s family.