Bennie Ray Hill was born Feb. 5, 1933, to Carl and Minnie (Angle) Hill in Selkirk, Kan., and passed from this life on March 8, 2019 at the Willow Haven Nursing Home in Tonkawa.
Bennie grew up and attended school in Amorita, graduating from Amorita High School in 1951. He went on to attend and graduate from OSU. On moving to Blackwell, he first worked at the Blackwell Zinc Smelter for a time, then went to work for Eldorado Moore as a construction worker. He and Carol (Hartness) Roehl were united in marriage in 1971. Then, in 1972, he wen to work at what was then Blackwell General Hospital as a maintenance worker. He eventually became director of maintenance at the hospital and worked at that position for 20 years. Upon his retirement from the hospital, he stayed busy doing appliance repairs for individual households in the community.
Over the years, he assisted a step-son in the raising of sheep for an FFA project, entering the sheep in shows at the Kay County Fair and traveling to sheep shows in Iowa. He also was a coach for another step-son’s Little League baseball team for several seasons. Bennie was a great sports fan, made several trips to Kansas City, Mo. to watch the Royals play, and enjoyed watching baseball, basketball and football games on TV, especially those involving OSU and the Thunder. He was an avid fisherman and took many trips to enjoy the fishing at the Trout Hollow Resort in Branson, Mo.
In the late 1970s, Bennie gathered a group of Christian brothers and sisters together to meet for worship on Sundays, and that group soon became Christ’s Church. After meeting in several different locations, he helped construct the building that is now the present day meeting place of Christ’s Church.
In April of 2017, due to failing health, Bennie entered the Willow Haven Nursing Home in Tonkawa.
Bennie is survived by his son Matthew and wife Tonya of Blackwell, four step-sons, Ronald, Steven, Eric and Thomas Roehl, two brothers, Doyle and wife Renee of Broken Arrow and Roger and wife Jan of Burlington, two sisters, Patricia McLaughlin and husband Gary and Dorothy Reed of Davidson, three grandchildren, Dustin Hill and wife Bailee of Newkirk, Marissa Hill and Samantha Hill, 10 step-grandchildren and 15 great-step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his best friend for over 48 years, Carol Hill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Norma Johnson, a sister-in-law, Mary Hill, a brother, Loyd Hill, a brother-in-law, Jim Bob Reed, and a brother-in-law, Bob Johnson.
A memorial service for Bennie will be held at Christ’s Church, 1203 South Sixth in Blackwell, on March 16, 2019, at 2 p.m. with minister Frank Tepe, now of Stillwater, conducting the service.