Range Funeral Homes


James Edward Hill

02/08/1958 - 08/04/2021

James Edward Hill, 63, of Kinney, Minn passed away unexpectedly August 4, 2021 at Essentia Health Virginia Hospital.

James was born in Grand Rapids, Minn to Alfred Hill and Adeline Landrey. He stayed most of his life in the Grand Rapids area prior to meeting his fiance, Mary Wiita. He then moved to Kinney until his death. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School. James spent most of his life farming and caring for his children and foster children. He also worked sometime as a custodian for the Deer River School District. He spent the last ten years working at Northland Counseling. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. He was caring and put others before himself. He and his former wife, Heather, fostered over fifty kids and he kept in touch with many of them. James was known for never giving up. Even when he was ill, he was worried about getting back to work to care for his clients. He lived for spending time with his family and friends. He would do anything for them. He especially loved his grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Hill; mother, Adeline (Landrey) Hill; step father, Hank Foix; and brother, Tim Hill.

James is survived by his fiance, Mary Wiita,; brother, Scott Hill; sister, Laurie Hill; best friend, Bob Flower.; children: Sylvia, Amelia, Patsy, John (Julie), Jill (Josh), and David (Darcee); grandchildren: Roland, Zoe, Ryder, Nesalyn, Aunika, Alexandra, Isabella, Allison, Caleb, Audrey, Leah, Isaac, Ruthie, David, and Jefferson.

A memorial luncheon will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Harris Town Hall in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

6 thoughts on “James Edward Hill”

  1. Denean Flower says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Such a kind man. I worked with him at NAFC. Such a kind man. Loved his family, loved to talk about his family. Loved his work, loved the clients.

  2. Mark Curtiss says:

    Rest In Peace Jim. You were a hard working man and a great classmate. You are missed!

  3. jeff hall says:

    I remember Jim from HS. He was a very good person. Too bad we didn’t get a chance to catch up. Condolences to his family

  4. Mike Trboyevich says:

    I remember Jim from Wendigo School . Actually , his whole family , also . He ways had a smile and a joke . My brother Doug and I would do a stay over night at their farm in Splithand area …Jim’s dad was our first school bus driver in the mid 60’s . Hats off to Jim !!!!

  5. Robert foix says:

    May he bring more greatness to heaven, sorry to hear of his passing , prayers with the family

  6. Aunt Donnabelle Landey says:

    To Mary Wiita and family;
    I am so sorry for your loss. Does not seem possible that a man his age would pass away into the Lords arms so soon. He was a kind, caring and and will be missed.

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Saturday 08/21/2021 at 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Harris Town Hall, Airport Road, Grand Rapids, MN, USA