Range Funeral Homes


William Irving Hill

05/06/1920 - 12/31/2018

William (Bill) Irving Hill, age 98, passed away December 31, 2018 at his home on Long Lake in Fayal Township, Minnesota.

A memorial service for Bill will be held at United in Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Station 44 Road, Eveleth Minnesota Saturday, May 25 at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior. Pastor John Dietz will officiate. A burial service will follow at the Eveleth Cemetery. For those not attending the burial service: following the memorial service you may go directly to the Curl Mesabi, Range Recreation Civic Center across the highway from the church on 901 Hat Trick Avenue where you will be joined by those attending the burial service. After the reception there will be a dedication of a memorial bench honoring Bill at the Eveleth Golf Course about 5 miles south on U.S. Highway 53 at 55734 Golf Course Road. On Sunday afternoon there will be a presentation of outdoor furniture to The Kaleva Island Lodge at Long Lake in Bill’s honor by his family and friends at 2027 Kaleva Drive two miles west of U.S. Highway 53 on State Highway 37. Time to be announced. If you would like to sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Bill was born to Jacob and Anna (Rautio) Hill May 6, 1920 in Eveleth, Minnesota. He was a graduate of Eveleth High School, class of 1938. Following high school, he attended Eveleth Junior College and became a licensed electrician. Bill began a long and distinguished forty year career with US Steel as an electrician in 1942 and retired as Electrician Shop Foreman in 1981. He was well known for being innovative, thorough and methodical in completing any task or project he began, whether on the job or at home. He acquired the knowledge and skill he needed to build his own home and maintained two properties, largely on his own, right until his death. He brought that same attitude to his recreational pursuits and caring for his health contributing to his long and active life.

He enjoyed highly successful fishing excursions throughout the northland and far into Canada. He participated in competitive curling and golfing well into his nineties; most famously shooting “his age” ninety in eighteen holes of golf. He was a skilled wood carver.

Bill was a member of and active with the Freemasons of Eveleth, Minnesota, Masonic Lodge 239, Eveleth Senior Men’s Curling Club, Eveleth Senior’s Men Golf Club and United in Christ
Lutheran Church.

Bill developed a loving relationship with Gale Cerjance that spanned 43 years until her passing in 2011. During that time Bill also developed a family bond with Gale’s son Don (Joyce),
grandson Jack (Sharon) Cerjance, and granddaughter Nancy (Tony) Stemberger. Although Bill had no children of his own so he was a mentor to his nieces and nephews and
maintained a caring and generous relationship with them. Notable was a family reunion in celebration of his ninety-sixth birthday at Kaleva Island, Long Lake where he enjoyed the
company of four generations.

He was a blessing to those he knew and beloved by all. May he rest in peace.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sister Winifred Jordan, brothers Theodore, Arthur, Rudolph, Reino and Ernest Hill, niece Karen Schnuckle, nephews Jim Hill, Bill and Tom Jordan.

He is survived by his nieces Lois Huldin, Nancy Olson and Carol Alpsteg, nephews David (Diana), Robert and Christopher (Annette) Hill, and numerous grand and great grand nieces and

4 thoughts on “William Irving Hill”

  1. Marcia Jordan says:

    Our sympathy to you and yours. Jerry a nephew
    To Doc and Win. Last time we saw Bill was at Jan Jordan’s funeral. Nice guy. Will be missed.
    Have been on Hiway 37 a few times and wondered how he was . We have since become snowbirds.
    Peace to all.

  2. Julie Huldin says:

    He was a family legend!! I have heard countless stories of his physical fitness and agilities both mental and Phys. He was an uncle to Lois Huldin, my mother. I am sad to not have met this marvelous energetic and thorough man.

    Bill Jordan, (his sister Winnie’s son) was a spitting image of his uncle!!!

    Lots of love to Gayle and her family. Julie Huldin (Father Don) living in Colorado.

  3. Carol Alpsteg says:

    Whenever I visit Long Lake, I will fondly think of Uncle Bill. So often I’ve thought of retiring there, but (ha!) who chooses to retire to a colder climate? (Nebraska is cold enough I say!) Anyway, it would have been nice to spend the extra time with Bill, and hear his stories of family. He didn’t naturally
    “share,” instead I think he preferred letting others tell the tales, making corrections or additions as he saw fit. That’s not to say Bill didn’t often have something to say, or a witty sense of humor, but you had to pay attention, as it was often subtle–and, characteristically, sometimes not!
    I would often see my Dad’s face in Bill; It was difficult not to stare from time to time and wonder, would I still see the resemblance if Ernie were alive today? That’s how family is sometimes, reminding us of one another in large and small ways as nature, and time, takes its course. Each time we say goodbye to someone we love, we are reminded that we are connected, through blood through love, through friendship in the smallest and largest of ways, and so how comforting, through faith, to know another kind of family reunion grows. Bill, until we meet again…Love, Carol

  4. John M Jankila says:

    To The Family of Bill Hill, and to all those who got to experience Bill’s quiet, strong demeanor. My Sympathy is with you all and I will miss Bill. I thought he would be around forever, and in one way he will, in our memory of him. I wanted to interview him about his extensive curling career, take some photos, and maybe try to get it published locally, but he was so humble, he did not want to toot his own horn.

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05/27/2019 at 11:00 am
111 Station 44 Rd, Eveleth, MN 55734, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 am