Hill, William Clark

September 09, 2005

WILLIAM CLARK HILL 1922-2005, a former resident of Arbutus, MD, passed away on July 11, 2005, after a lengthy illness. Known as "Bill" or "WC" during his 42 year career as a locomotive fireman and engineer with the B&O, C&O, and CSX railroad, he particularly enjoyed the steam engines in use when he began working. Having been born and raised on a farm in Indiana, he transferred his love of working with farm horses to the "iron horse". For 29 years he served as Secretary-Treasurer of Division 97 of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He and a few co-workers began a tradition in the 1960's of annual picnics for fellow employees and their families, a tradition which continues today. He retired in 1984, but continued organizing the picnics into the 1990's. During his army service in World War II he continued a "railroader", serving with the 725th Railway Operating Battalion in India. He was a life member of Howard Lodge #101 AM & FM. He was also a member of Boumi Temple, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace (Koller) Hill, who continues to live in Lake Stevens, WA, their children, Clark Dickinson Hill in Los Angeles, and Carolyn Deborah Waltman in Arvada, CO, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Jack, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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