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“Dr Hills was the first person who counseled me at the tender age of 13 knowing my home life was difficult. He allowed me to talk and turned my...Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Ann Marquez - Eau claire, MI

“I was a small child in rev hills' Stockbridge church. his son was my first friend. was remembering this family recently and wanted to find them: I...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: faye Camp-Wood - jackson, MI

“Five years and still so greatly missed. Thinking of you. Whistling a happy tune, walking a beautiful garden path, or perhaps a New Zealand mountain...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: David F Hills - St. Joseph, MI

“Dear Hills family, I have such fond memories of your entire family from when we were in high school. I enjoyed growing up with you all, and I'm sad...Read More »
4 of 49 | Posted by: Jennifer Ryan Stuppi - San Mateo, CA

“Such a loss for so many here. A fine professional and a great human being. It was always a joy to see him. My heart and prayers are with you. ”
5 of 49 | Posted by: Sandra Thurlow - MI

“Dear Mrs. Hills, Anne, and all the family: I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Hills' death. My parents always thought he was such a great person, and...Read More »
6 of 49 | Posted by: Phyllis Gould - Chicago, IL

“For Dad Heart broken open Like your old medical bag Empty now of you. Missing you so much now Dad, Janet ”
7 of 49 | Posted by: Janet Hills Landis - Harleysville, PA

“Dear Mrs Hills and children, Reading these memories from all over the nation are grand testimonies to the man we all knew and loved. I knew your...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Heidi Milbrandt Godke

“A poem for my father by a poet laureate of Colorado, James Tipton. These akward efforts to be alive to wade through our own debris toward shore,...Read More »
9 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Hills - Daughter

“Dear Margaret and family, I just returned today from a week's vacation in the south and learned the sad news. David's sweet demeanor will be missed...Read More »
10 of 49 | Posted by: Dar Davis - St. Joseph, MI

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Hills. To me he was always a larger than life man who was not only a fine physician and humanitarian,...Read More »
11 of 49 | Posted by: Robert Holmes - Friend

“Dear Mrs. Hills and family - How can I think of Dr. Hills without thinking of church and music? I appreciated his loving presence during the 60s and...Read More »
12 of 49 | Posted by: Jeanne Musgrove Armstrong - MN

“David and I were partners in medical practice in the St. Joseph Family Clinic when David first came to St. Joseph. He was a fine physician and a man...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Thomas P. Hayes MD - Evansville, IN

“I knew your family when we lived on Riverwood, and always admired David. You have my condolences and sympathy as you celebrate his long and...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: Vance A. Fisher - St. Josepn, MI

“Dear Margaret, Mary, Susan, Anne, David, Janet, and all, I just received the news about your loss, and want you to know that each of you is in my...Read More »
15 of 49 | Posted by: Maryanne Butt - Lansing, MI

“Margaret and family. Barb and I are so very sorry to hear of David's passing. You and David always lit up the room when you came in. David was the...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: Randy and Barbara Arnt - Friends

“Dear Margaret- David, you and your family have been and are in my thoughts and prayers. I want to be with you all tomorrow - the past several days ...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: charles Frandsen+ - st joseph, MI

“just wanted to share our prayers and give our love to Pastor Dave and his whole family, we are thinking of you at this sad time God Bless You all ”
18 of 49 | Posted by: DeMond Family - Delton, MI

“I've known the Hills family for many years, I saw Dr. Hills a lot at Whirlpool Corporation, not only as a patient but just as a friend. He always...Read More »
19 of 49 | Posted by: Ken Zimmerman - Saint Joseph, MI, MI

“Dear Margaret and Family,Personally, David was a close friend, a valued colleague and a medical advisor that saved and extended the lives of...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Ed Dunn - Friend, Colleague

“Mrs. Hills, Mary, Susan, Anne, David and Janet-Growing up Dr. HIlls was a go-to person, for professional advice and personal advice. He was a...Read More »
21 of 49 | Posted by: Karen Cox - Saint Paul, MN

“Dearest Margaret & family - David's subtle sense of humor, his endearing habit of finding the best in any bad situation, his kindness and his winning...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Wes & Jerri Ruggles

“In a world where so many grow up without loving fathers, I feel truely blessed. It was wonderful to work along side my father at the St. Joseph...Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Susan Hills - Mill Valley, CA

“I grew up partly at my home and partly at the Hills. Mary and I were great friends then and have remained friends over the years. I know how much...Read More »
24 of 49 | Posted by: Chris Polishuk Shoemaker

“I am sorry to hear of Dr. Hills' passing. For many years, he served as my family's physician, providing care for my two young children (Dana and...Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: Alice Waagner - Washington, DC

“Claire and David, OUr sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Both Gary and I have lost our fathers, and it is not easy. Thank...Read More »
26 of 49 | Posted by: Suzi Blough - Coloma, MI - Friend

“I was so sorry to hear about Dr. Hills passing. He and Mrs. Hills were close friends of my parents, June and Sam Gould, for many, many years. I...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Cindy Gould - Oak Park, IL

“I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Hills during his Whirlpool service. He was a pleasure to work with and just a wonderful person. He was a...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: Mike Shelton - St. Joseph, MI

“Remarkable Life-Remarkable Man! He left the world a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gary & Kate ”
29 of 49 | Posted by: Gary & Kate Barnhart - Ojai, CA

“Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Hills. He and Dr. Hays were our family doctors when my brother and I were very young. I...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Keith Totzke - Port Orchard, WA

“Dr Hills has always been a pleasure to know throughout my life. He'd always have a smile & special hug to share whenever he'd see me. He also would...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: Diane Schaus - Friend

“We enoyed David and Margaret since buying their home in The Ponds many years ago. Bruce has memories of David showing him around the house and how to...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Bruce Dacre - St. Joseph, MI

“So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and I'm sure that holds true for all of our other classmates, especially for those of us...Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: Gary Sternaman - Parma, MI

“In 1966, when it seemed that the world was a hostile place for my family because of the color of our skin, Dr. David Hills opened the front door of...Read More »
34 of 49 | Posted by: Wayne Madison - Saint Joesph, MI

“My Father gave everything he had to others, to our community, to friends, neighbors, migrant workers. He was paid in produce, favors; long before...Read More »
35 of 49 | Posted by: Janet Hills Landis - Daughter

“Extending our deepest sympathy to our most dear Daughter-In-Law, Anne Hills, and to the family of Dr. Hills. He was blessed with a long life, a good...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Renee & Lyman Moss - FL

“May Dr. David Hills rest in peace with God watching over him. He has left behind a very special and kind family who will always remember the love...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: Judy Rosa - San Rafael, CA

“On the Death of the Beloved - John O'Donohue Though we need to weep your loss, You dwell in that safe place in our hearts, Where no storm or might...Read More »
38 of 49 | Posted by: David F. Hills - Mt. Pleasant, MI

“So many of us are reaching the time of losing our parents, a loss that reaches into the deepest part of being. I have been privileged to know the...Read More »
39 of 49 | Posted by: Elizabeth Paxson - Saugatuck, MI

“My heart is sad for my friends. I am so grateful I know you. For some of us, when we make and keep a lifelong friend, we inherit their family - its...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: Jamie O'Reilly - Chicago, IL

“Synchronicity works in strange ways. For some reason, I was just thinking about Dr. Hills a few days ago. My Dad was also a doctor and a friend. I...Read More »
41 of 49 | Posted by: Nancy Gould - Lexington Park, MD

“Dear family, please accept my prayers of GOD'S love as we celebrate David's life. Grace and Peace, Pastor David ”
42 of 49 | Posted by: David Yinglking - Enon, PA

“Dr Hills was the first person to lay eyes on me. He delivered me 47 years ago. My mother loved him as our family doctor. He had such a way with...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: Sharon Brant - Stevensville, MI

“Dear DAvid and family! So saddened to learn of your loss. Surely the strengths and gifts I have observed in you, David, are due to the heritage you...Read More »
44 of 49 | Posted by: Edward Ross - Jackson, MI

“What am amazing life of service. I will always remember the Sunday morning when we found out that our daughter could not go to church camp because...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: Deb and John Basham - MI

“Love you and will miss you. ”
46 of 49 | Posted by: Claire Hills - daughter in law

“On behalf of the Samaritan Counseling Center, Benton Harbor, Michigan I extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of Dr. Hills. I personally served as...Read More »
47 of 49 | Posted by: Bruce Nitz - Saint Joseph, MI

“Dr. Hills became a Volunteer for Hospice at Home in 1996, and I, as Volunteer Coordinator, got to know this special person. He was a true gentleman,...Read More »
48 of 49 | Posted by: Carmen Biltgen - St. Joseph, MI

“Dr. Hills inherited me as a patient, when I was in my mid-teens upon opening the medical practice with Dr. Hayes. He served me and my family while in...Read More »
49 of 49 | Posted by: Jeffrey L. Porter - Holland, MI


David W. Hills entered life eternal on January 16, 2011, with family at his side. Born in Howell, Michigan on December 14, 1925 to David E. & Geneva (Raven) Hills, he graduated from Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, Michigan. He earned his B.A. at Albion College, where he met Margaret Eunice Hartley, whom he joined in marriage on August 21, 1948. After obtaining his Masters in Sociology at the University of Michigan, he and Margaret attended Hartford Theological Seminary (CT) in preparation for serving the Methodist Church as educational missionaries in Moradabad, India from 1951 to 1955. Upon their return to the United States, he began his medical studies at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1959. During those 3 years he served as Lay Pastor of the Stockbridge Methodist Church. Following his residency in Midland, MI, the family moved to Fairplain, and later St. Joseph. He established the St. Joseph Family Clinic in 1961 with Dr’s Hayes and May, and later helped establish the first full-time Emergency Room medical group at Memorial Hospital, becoming a Charter Member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Over the course of his career he served as President of the Medical Society, President of the Memorial Hospital Board, and as Chief of Staff. He was an original member of the Cedarwood Medical Center, and an advisor to the Medical Assistants group. After years of service in family practice and emergency medicine, he became the Medical Director of Whirlpool Corporation in 1985. Upon retiring from Whirlpool, he did contract medical work for the Cook Nuclear Plant, and gave time as a volunteer for Hospice at Home and others, continuing a life dedicated to caring for others.

Dr. Hills was known for his generous spirit, his jokes and sense of humor, his love of music and the arts, as well as his commitment to community and especially those in need. During his life in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area he participated in countless religious, arts and civic organizations, serving as: Board Member of the Maude Preston Palenske Memorial Library, President of the Krasl Art Center, President of Berrien County Council of Churches, and as a member of various boards and committees of St. Joseph First UMC and St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. He was an active member of the Lion’s Club of Fairplain, President and Trustee of the Samaritan Counseling Center, and served as Commissioner on the St. Joseph City Council from 1989-1995. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Albion College, where he served as a Board Member from 1980-81. He was also an avid participant in community arts groups, singing with the Lakeland Choral Society, a barbershop quartet “The Uncalled Four” (with Bob Sill, Bob Wallis and Jim Merrifield), occasional community musicals, and the choirs of St. Joseph First UMC and St. Augustines’s Episcopal Church.

David is survived by his wife Margaret, their five children, Mary Hills (David Zekman) of Ft. Collins, CO, Susan Hills of Mill Valley, CA, Anne Hills (Mark Moss) of Bethlehem, PA, Rev. David F. (Claire) Hills of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Janet (Kevin) Landis of Harleysville, PA, his brother Robert (Maria) Hills of Delton, MI, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, a niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by son-in-law Michael Hopton, husband to Susan Hills.

Visitation will take place at Starks-Menchinger Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday, January 21st, 2011. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at St. Joseph First UMC on Saturday, January 22nd at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the music programs of St. Joseph First UMC or St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Hospice at Home, or the Samaritan Counseling Center.

Those wishing to share a memory or sign the guest book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.