James M. Hill Jr. of Ridgecrest, CA, passed away on June 1, 2022 at the age of 74.
Jim was born on February 17, 1948 to James “Mark” and Willodean “Dean” Hill in Annapolis, Maryland. After Jim graduated high school in Agana, Guam he enlisted with the United States Navy.
Jim was blessed with a loving family. He met his wife to be, Ester, at a restaurant in Olongapo, Philippines. They were soon engaged and married on May 1, 1974. Their romance lasted just shy of 44 years and was blessed with two children and two grandchildren.
In 1990, Jim retired from the US Navy. Unable to stay retired, Jim began his second career with the United States Postal Service. As a mail carrier, Jim met many people in the community with whom he soon considered friends. After 22 years with the USPS Jim decided to finally take off his walking shoes and retired for good. Jim was a member of the VFW Ship No 4084 and American Legion Post 684.
Jim was predeceased by his father, James Hill, Sr. and mother, Willodean Hill; his brother, Rick Hill and his wife, Fe Estrella “Ester” Hill. He is survived by his daughter Wilma (husband Mike) Ogas; his son James “Jimmy” Hill, III; his two grandchildren David (wife Vivian) Hill and Lillian Ogas; his brothers Gary (wife, Mary), Bill and John; his many in-laws and many beautiful nieces and nephews.