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Gordon E. Hill

Mass of Christian burial services for Gordon E. Hill, 87, who died June 8, 2004, will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, June 11, at St. Stephens Church, with Father Joseph Boyle officiating. Interment will be in Rosebud Cemetery. Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at Farnum-Holt Mortuary. Gordon died at home with his four daughters at his side.Born March 2, 1917, in Longmont, Gordon Eugene Hill was the first of four children born to Walter M. and Frances M. Hill. He spent his childhood in several Front Range cities, and four years in Bellfield, N.D. He graduated from Longmont High School in 1935.Gordon obtained a bachelors of science degree in civil and irrigation engineering from Colorado A&M College in Fort Collins in 1940.On Sept. 26, 1940, Gordon married Marie Patricia Casey of Longmont at St. Josephs Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He then worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority in various locations in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina until May 1943, when he entered the military service. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps (Seabees) in the United States and South Pacific during World War II until February 1946, and later in the reserves.Gordon worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1946 until his retirement in 1973, working and residing seven years in Fort Collins and Loveland; 10 years in Durango; two years in Salida; and nine years in Glenwood Springs. He served as project planner, construction supervisor and contract administrator on several large irrigation projects, including the Colorado-Big Thompson project and Ruedi dams.After his retirement, Gordon stayed in Glenwood Springs, a location he loved, for his remaining 31 years.Gordon was a member of St. Stephens Catholic Parish and the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid downhill skier and fisherman. He also enjoyed hunting, golf, swimming, bicycling, gardening, travel and ballroom dancing.Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie C. Hill of Glenwood Springs; his brother Robert M. Hill of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.; and his great-grandson, Vicente Bullock of Albuquerque, N.M.Gordon is survived by his four daughters, Catherine Bullock (Charly) of New Mexico, Jacqueline Durrett (Dick) of Glenwood Springs, Margaret Mortensen (Duane) of Divide Creek and Patricia Hill of Glenwood Springs; two sisters, Gladys McCann of Sedro Wooley, Wash., and Patsy Dyekman of Cheyenne, Wyo. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Victor and Vicente Bullock of Albuquerque, Dominic Durrett of Hummelstown, Pa., Boone Mortensen of Rifle, McKeaver Bershenyi of Glenwood Springs and Abbey Doyle of Johnson Creek, Wis.; and by 10 great-grandchildren.Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 123 N. 7th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501, or the Roaring Fork Hospice, PO Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.


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