Leland Ray Hill passed away peacefully on March 11th, 2022 at Copper Summit Assisted Living in Pocatello with loving family at his side. Lee is preceded in death by his wife, Marianne, parents, Ray and Mildred, his brothers Warren (Judy) and Jim (Cheryl), and son Robert (Chris). He is survived by a son, Richard (Pilar), 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 4 nephews and 4 nieces.
He was born in Havre, Montana on September 5, 1933 and started taking classes at Montana State University – Northern until he was “invited” to spend some time in the United States Army. He went on to become a medic in the 11th Airborne and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany in the mid-1950’s. He met Marianne Paukner, who was working in one of the medical offices. They were married in May 1957 in Augsburg. They returned to Havre in 1958 where Lee finished his education. In 1964, Lee became the manager at the Idaho State University Bookstore and worked there until retirement in 1999. They spent 6 months in Europe celebrating their retirement. This was the first time he picked up a BMW from the factory in Munich. They bought several BMW’s over the next decade with European delivery. A German TV station, Deutche Welle, featured Dad walking through his favorite places in Augsburg (short video
He enjoyed reading, fishing, and camping, but his great love was travelling with Mom - they have been in almost every state and almost every European country. We often had to wait 15-20 minutes for him to finish a conversation with anyone he randomly said hello to. He was an avid gardener and taught workshops on raised garden beds. He was also a member of the Pocatello Tree Commission.
There will be a Vigil Service at St. Joseph's Chapel, 439 N Hayes Ave, Pocatello, on Friday at 6 pm. Family visitation will be at Cornelison Funeral Home at 12:00 followed by a memorial service at 1:00pm and graveside services at Restlawn Memorial Gardens with the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com
A live stream of the Memorial Service will be available on the Cornelison Funeral Home Facebook page. The stream will be available around 1pm. https://www.facebook.com/cornelisonfh/videos