Obit: Frank Hill


Frank Bryson Hill, 84, formerly of Muscatine, died on June 11, 2019 surrounded by family members at his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 22 from noon until the funeral service at 2 p.m. at the Bentley Funeral Home in Wilton. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilton, where Frank will be buried next to his grandson, Billy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sweetland United Methodist Church of Muscatine.

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Frank was born on July 13, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan. Frank spent most of his growing years in Jackson, Michigan. Frank attended Jackson High School, participating in wrestling, football and was the school president. He graduated high school in 1952. Frank then went onto Michigan State University, graduating in 1957 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

In 1957, he became Second Lieutenant in the Army. After leaving the Army, he worked at Excello Corporation while also pursuing law at Wayne State University. Frank graduated from Wayne State in 1964, earning a doctorate of law and specializing in trademarks and patents. In 1978 Frank and family moved to Muscatine, taking a position at Bandag Corporation as patent and trademark counsel.

Frank was a member of many organizations. He was elected president of the Farmington Hills Jaycees, a member of the Sweetland United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge, The Elks, American Legion, Quarterback Club and he and Dorothy enjoyed many years as a member of the Geneva Country Club. Also, Frank was a member of the American Bar Association, State of Michigan Bar Association and the Iowa State Bar Association.

Frank’s favorite pastimes were playing golf, boating, playing cards and smoking cigars, especially when at his cottage at Clarklake, Michigan. He was an avid sports fan.

Frank is survived by his wife Dorothy; his children: Christa Hill of Tarpon Springs, David (Sandra) Hill of Muscatine, Frank Hill II (Jim Miller) of University City, Missouri and Jean (Brian) White of Muscatine; his sister Judy (John) Wortman of Rochester Hills, Michigan; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his grandson Billy Sackrider, his parents and his brother Robert Hill.