Loren W. HillMay 1, 1939 ~ July 13, 2017 (age 78)
Loren W. Hill, 78, died peacefully on Thursday, July 13, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in New Leipzig, ND he was son of the late Lyle and Anne (Sortland) Hill. Loren earned his PhD in Chemistry at Penn State University and was a Professor of Chemistry at North Dakota State University for 15 years. He was a Research Chemist at Monsanto until his retirement in 1999. Loren published widely in the field of polymers and coatings and was internationally known for his work. Loren was the recipient of national awards and presented papers and taught courses throughout the US and internationally.
Loren was a member of Wilbraham United Church, where he served in several leadership roles. Loren was a board member and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He was active in Boy Scouts and served in many leadership training roles. He also led canoe trips for Explorer Scouts at Somers Canoe Base in Minnesota.
Loren loved spending time with family. During annual lake vacations with the grandchildren, Loren passed on his love for fishing and boating. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren play baseball and softball.
Loren was a devoted Patriots and Red Sox fan. He enjoyed canoeing and camping, playing tennis and golf. Together, Loren and Norma traveled around the world; favorite destinations included Australia, New Zealand, China, and Italy.
Loren is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years Norma (Carlson) Hill, daughter Stacey Hill of Worcester, son Richard Hill and his wife Leslee of Canton, CT and three beloved grandchildren; Zakari Niambele, Katherine and Ainsley Hill. He was predeceased by his brother Richard Hill and sister Mary Kroll. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 21st from 5-8 pm at Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Rd., Wilbraham. Family and friends may meet for Loren’s Funeral Service on Saturday, July 22nd at 10am at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St., Wilbraham. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Massachusetts, 512 Forest St., Marlborough, MA 01752 or to Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, 268 Cold Spring Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089.