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Tommy Lee Hill, age 60, of Kalamazoo, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.  The son of Charles William & Aileen Delores (Thomas) Hill, he was born on June 26, 1959. 


Tommy honorably served in the U.S. Navy for 19 1/2 years, attaining the rank of a non-commissioned officer as a Mess Management Specialist First Class and proudly served during the Vietnam and the  Persian Gulfconflicts.  His second career was spent with the United States Postal Service until poor health prevented him from working at the post office.


He was preceded in death by his parents;  a sister, Shirley Hill;  and four brothers, William Hill, Edward Hill, Larry Hill, and Charles Hill.  Surviving are his daughter, Katherine Hill & Mark Knepler of Bluford, Illinois;  seven grandchildren, Mark Knepler III, Herschel Hill, Peyton Hill, Ashley Knepler, Emma Hill, Ryan Knepler, and Kinsley Knepler;  a sister, Sharon & John Charlier;  two brothers, Robert Hill and Harold Hill;  and several nieces and nephews.


Committal services, with full military honors, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Road, Augusta.  Honoring Tommy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. 


To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Tommy’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.



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  1. Joyce Wehrwein on November 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Sharon, I am so sorry you have lost yet another brother. I send my love and condolences to you, your brother, and your whole family. Love you, my friend. <3

  2. Rusty Rogers on November 29, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    So sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. Your family are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s love comfort and strengthen you at this time and always.

  3. Sharon (Hill) Charlier on December 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    It all started on a very storming Tuesday night, the show Wyatt Earp was about to come on or it had already started.Mom told dad it was time to head for the hospital, so neither one got to see it.when they came home, another brother, Tommy Lee. Now when it storms I think of Tommy, in a good way. Love the sound of rain. I’m sure am going to miss him and I feel lucky to have had one last talk with Tom.So thankful that you are not going thru anymore pain,love you forever.

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