Richard Hillman, 75, press mechanic, missionary

October 21, 2005

Richard Hillman, a retired printing press mechanic and missionary, died of cancer Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Essex resident was 75.

Mr. Hillman was born in New York City and raised in Catonsville, Silver Spring and Washington, where he graduated in 1948 from Alexander Graham Bell Vocational School.

From 1951 to 1953, he served in the Navy as an engine man in ships' engine rooms.

In 1954, he established his business, which specialized in repairing offset printing presses.

"He did an awful lot of work for The Sun, The Washington Post and the Government Printing Office," said a daughter, Sylvia J. WesterlundM-5 of Ellicott City.

In 1982, Mr. Hillman enrolled at Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Okla., and after graduating in 1984, traveled as a missionary to Kenya and Uganda, where he worked repairing presses.

Even though he returned to Baltimore in 1989 and retired, he continued to do some part-time printing press repair work.

Mr. Hillman enjoyed flying and had earned his pilot's license. He was a member of the board of the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Washington.

He was a member of Maranatha House, 3 Bowleys Quarters Road, where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, the former Carolyn Bazemore; two sons, Richard F. Hillman of Manassas, Va., and Patrick R. Hillman of Amman, Jordan; five other daughters, Diane E. Coleman of Lynchburg, Va., Barbara Gwen Kehl of Centreville, Va., Lynda A. Farr of Haymarket, Va., Jeanette Susie Herring of Glennville, Ga., and Claudia V. Hurley of Oviedo, Fla.; a stepson, Steven Street of Accokeek, Va.; three stepdaughters, Brenda Lay of Richmond, Va., Donna McLaughlin of Stanardsville, Va., and Cindy Shachte of Herndon, Va.; a sister, Sylvia Alspaugh of Punta Gorda, Fla.; 36 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His marriage to the former Betty A. Ralph ended in divorce.

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