David Dean Hill
David Dean Hill, 66, of Middleway, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.
He was born Oct. 23, 1949, and was the son of the late Horace Lee Hill and Thelma Louise (Chapman) Hill.
Dave graduated from Charles Town High School, class of 1967.
He attended Shepherd College. In 1969, he enlisted in to the United States Marine Corps. He served eight and a half years, including a tour of duty in Iwakuni, Japan; achieving the rank of staff sergeant.
He was employed by The Charles Town Races and Shenandoah Downs as a valet, Fairchild-Hillard, Hagerstown, Maryland, and Kaman Corporation, Bloomfield, Connecticut, while completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland.
Dave was a close friend of Bill Wilson for 37 years. Dave’s influence was life changing to all who were fortunate to know him.
Upon retirement, he moved to Berryville, Virginia. He raised and sold Registered Black Angus Cattle at Tall Oaks Farm.
In 2009, Dave established the Patriots Path Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping veterans mainstream back into society.
In 2010, Dave’s engineering skills and love of farming brought about new technology to his new endeavor, The Fruit and Veggie Wagon. The first high tunnel was constructed. This proved to be a successful technique of growing high quality produce. He continued to create and improve The Fruit and Veggie Wagon. He enjoyed sharing time with the customers.
His favorite pastimes were golfing, NASCAR and cheering on the Washington Redskins.
Dave married his high school sweetheart, Anita (Missy) Ramey, on Oct. 23, 2006.
Dave is survived by his wife, Anita (Missy) Ramey Hill; sons, James Troy Hill and Tracey Graham, of Winchester, Virginia and Michael Christopher Hill, of Stephens City, Virginia; grandchildren, Dylan and Emma Hill; stepson, Alexander B. Link, of Charles Town; brother-in-law, Turner A. Ramey III; and sister-in-law, Deborah Ramey-Lowman. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Deborah Hill Rinker.
A celebration of Dave’s life was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, with the Rev. Frank Coe officiating. Interment was private.
Memorial contributions in honor of David may be made to The American Heart Association, 1336 Hal Greer Blvd., Huntington, WV 25701 or The Disabled Veterans Association of America, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.
Please visit our website www.mtstrider.com, to view his obituary and sign his online guestbook.
Arrangements by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home.