John Russell Hill, 79, Cahokia, Ill., died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill.


He was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Decker Chapel.


He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad. He enjoyed walking, especially in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Emsley and Laura Pearl (Miller) Hill.


Surviving are his wife, Barbara (Wetzel) Hill of Cahokia; children Debbie (Keven) Moore of Cahokia, John (Charissa) Hill of Mascoutah, Ill., and Michael Hill of Red Bud, Ill.; four grandchildren and a brother, Randy Hill of Belleville.


Funeral services were March 22 at Lake View Memorial Gardens Reiss Chapel in Fairview Heights, Ill.