Wilbur "Gene" Hill

  • Born: July 27, 1928
  • Died: August 14, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wilbur "Gene" Hill was born July 27, 1928 in Webster City, IA. He was the son of Kenneth and Lila Hill. He graduated from Stanhope High School in 1946 then went on to play basketball at Webster City Jr. College for a year. He was drafted into the U.S. Army stationed at Camp Carson Colorado for nine months before he received medical discharge.

He met the love of his life, Kathryn Jane Swanson, in 1947 and they were married on July 20, 1951 in Dayton, IA. Gene and Kathryn recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. He joined the Iowa Highway Patrol in 1953 and served 40 years retiring as a Lieutenant in 1993. While on the patrol he was in charge of the State Patrol Chaplains Program. Gene was also a founding member and a past President of Ankeny Rotary Club as well as a recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award.

Gene and Kay made their home in Ankeny for over 50 years where they raised their son David. Dave and his wife Angel have three girls who cherished the countless hours of babysitting and entertainment at their grandparents. Aside from loving his granddaughters, making them laugh and feeding them endless amounts of ice cream, his hobbies included spending time with his wife and family, chats with his coffee buddies at their favorite spots (usually where they could get the coffee the cheapest), cheering on his beloved Cyclones, and living out his strong Christian faith in his daily life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Neel (Thelma), Jim (Betty), and sister Mary (Marvin) Davis.

He is survived by his loving wife Kathryn, son David (Angela) of Ankeny and his three special granddaughters, Olivia (26), Claire (23), and Amelia (17). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Gene will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A funeral service will take place at 10:30 am Friday, August 21, 2020 also at Memorial Services of Iowa with burial to follow at Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, Iowa. Please note: the funeral location has changed.

The family wishes to thank all of Gene's friends and family who visited, called, and sent encouraging cards. We also want to recognize Deb and the staff at the Suites of Ankeny along with the Suncrest Hospice staff for their loving care and support.

To view the live stream on Facebook on Friday, August 21, 2020:
1. Follow this link to the Memorial Services of Iowa page or copy/paste the address into your internet browser: https://www.facebook.com/Memorial-Services-of-Iowa-1634608780157244/
2. 'Like' the page. (by doing this you will be able to see on your newsfeed when the livestream starts).
3. On Friday at 10:30 a.m. go to the Memorial Services of Iowa page to view


Condolence & Memory Journal

Kay, Dave, Angel, Olivia, Claire, and Emelia;
So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Nancy Breitkreutz - Ankeny, IA   August 24, 2020

Gene and I have been friends for almost 50 yrs. We were charter members of the Ankeny Rotary club in 1972. He was a most enjoyable and interesting conversationalist. Simply stated, Gene was a renaissance man and for nearly 1/2 century, I cherished our friendship. My condolences to Kay, Dave and a very special family.

Posted by Michael McMurry - Ankeny, IA - Friend   August 21, 2020

Dave and Angel - SO sorry for your loss! We just found out. Dave, you know how much Gordon loves your parents...he has soo many awesome memories of Gene! We are sending our love, hugs and prayers to you all!!

Posted by Gordon & Dawn Ploeger - Friend   August 20, 2020

Our prayers are with you for such a great loss. It has been heartening

thinking way back to 1955 in Ames, Iowa when we were neighbors. It

was a privilege to know Gene all those years. God Bless

Bev and Jim

Posted by Bev and Jim Nelson - Ankeny, IA - Friend   August 19, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know the deep love you shared and I pray that brings you comfort in this time. So many in your church family will miss him! Take care of yourself and know God is surrounding you with His love and peace.
Rhonda Alessio

Posted by Rhonda Alessio - Ankeny, IA - Acquaintance   August 18, 2020

Sorry for your loss

Posted by John Sibert - Polk City, IA - Acquaintance   August 18, 2020

Gene was such a special man. We will all miss his visits to Medicap. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family during this incredible difficult time. Jennifer and the Medicap staff.

Posted by Jennifer Meurer - Acquaintance   August 17, 2020

I was privileged to know Lt. Hill during my service as a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol. He was a good man and a real gentleman who represented the ISP well ! I was fortunate to visit with him two years ago. My condolences to his family.

J.D. Peppmeier x-296
Deadwood, SD

Posted by John Peppmeier - Deadwood, SD - Coworker   August 17, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. May your many happy memories bring you comfort and keep him alive in your hearts. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Marty and Jolene Robbins - Overland Park, KS - Family Friend   August 16, 2020

So very sorry about Gene's death. He was such a sweet caring friend. I loved listening to his stories of earlier times and seeing his true devotion to Kay. He will be missed by many.Thinking of you all.

Posted by Judi Logan - Ankeny, IA - Friend   August 16, 2020

Dear Kathryn,
I saw the paper today and was saddened to see Gene has passed. You were truly a lucky lady to have such a wonderful husband. I know Gene will be missed by many especially you. May your wonderful memories help you at this time.
Love you,
Ann Blumberg

Posted by Ann Blumberg - Des Moines, IA - Family   August 16, 2020

Kay, David, Angel, Olivia, Claire, Ameilia,

There just are no words......our heart is breaking for all of you. A friendship of 54 years is priceless and we have been blessed.

Please know we are continuing to pray and may God grant you comfort as you remember and peace as you continue on. And one day you are assured, by your faith, that you will be reunited.

Our love always, Kathy and Ron.

Posted by Kathleen Marshall - Ankeny, IA - Friend   August 15, 2020