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Horseheads, NY – 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at Bethany Nursing Home. John was born and raised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles and Mary (Lose) Hill. He is predeceased by his wife JoAnn Warner Hill and several siblings.

A Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army, at the age of 17, John left high school early to join the military. At age 18, he was the youngest sergeant in his squad at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He took classes at Fort Jackson to graduate from high school. After his military discharge, he went to Lycoming College and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. This led to a career at SF Iszard department store, Elmira, where he was a buyer/merchandise manager until the store closed. While working, John was instrumental in organizing Iszard’s Holiday Parade. It was also at Iszard that he met JoAnn Warner, who worked at the tea room. She would become his wife and they were married for 45 years before his death in 2006. John enjoyed playing cards, reading and doing crossword puzzles. A devout Catholic, he had been a communicant of the Notre-Dame de Lourdes church, then of the Saint-Patrick church.

John is survived by his children, with their families, Bryon E. and Kristine Hill of Elmira, with daughters, Molly and Kelsey; Brenda M. and Brett Crosby of Fort Mill, SC with children, Matt and wife Lindsay Wright, Brittany and Sarah Jo; Kimberly A. Cappiello of Philadelphia Miss. ; brother Jim Hill of Zephyrhills, Florida; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Margaret Hill of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lynda and Jeff Warner of Gillett, Pennsylvania; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, NY on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Interment, with covenant prayers and military honours, will then take place at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The Hill family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff and residents of Bethany Courtyards for the compassionate and loving care provided to John during his time there.