Katherine Hill

of Philip, formerly of Gregory, South Dakota, died on Monday, October 8, 2018
at the Philip Nursing Home at the age of 95

Katherine (Neuroth) Hill, 95, of Philip and formerly Gregory, passed away October 8, 2018 at the Philip Nursing Home. Kate was born March 13, 1923, on the family farm north of Burke, South Dakota, to Ben and Charlotte (Farley) Neuroth. Katherine’s siblings include Eileen, Wilfred, Frances, and Warren. In 1936, when Kate was 13, her mother passed away. Her father moved to Seattle in the 1940s, where he married Laura and they had twins, Robert and Barbara.

Katherine attended classes through the sixth grade in a one-room rural schoolhouse. She did well in school and was allowed to skip second grade, which led to her graduation from Burke High School in 1940 along with future husband, Harley Hill.

Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Katherine entered nurse’s training under the Cadet Nurse Corps at St. Vincent’s in Sioux City, IA, graduating as an RN in 1944. Harley and Katherine married later that year on September 22, 1944, while stationed in Beeville, Texas.

After finishing their tour, they returned to Gregory where they operated a hardware store and managed the Gregory Airport. There were also the family operations of ranching, farming, and house construction over the years. They had four children, Rollie (1950), Randy (1960), Donna (1963), and DeAnn (1966).

Katherine returned to nursing and worked at the Rosebud Nursing Home in Gregory for 18 years. She was a compassionate nurse who took great pride in the care of her patients. Katherine was also a den leader with the Cub Scouts when the boys were young and was a #1 fan of her children as they participated in sports throughout their high school years.

Katherine was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Daughters and was an avid bridge player. She loved family get togethers and was well known for her fried chicken. In her retirement, she has enjoyed bridge clubs, reading, crosswords, and a birthday club which was together for over 40 years. Katherine has resided in Philip since 2006 where Donna has done a wonderful job of caring for our mother.

Katherine is survived by her four children, Rollie (Elle) Hill of Rapid City, Randy (Dolores) Hill of Dallas, Texas, Donna (Ray) Smith of Philip, DeAnn Hill of Omaha; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister Frances Hudlicky and sister-in-law Rose Neuroth both of Seattle, Washington; and sister-in-law and best friend Marcie Peterson of Cameron Park, California.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, and Harley in 2016.

A visitation will be held 5-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. MST on Thursday, October 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. CST on Friday, October 12, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gregory.

Interment will be at a later date at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Emmet Township.

Service Details

VISITATION
Thursday, October 11 - 5-6 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

PRAYER SERVICE
Thursday, October 11 - 6 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
Friday, October 12 - 1:00 p.m. CST
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Gregory, South Dakota

CELEBRANT
Father Jonathan Dillon

MUSIC
Katie Opp - Pianist
Doris Jelinek - Cantor
St. Joseph’s Church Choir - Vocalists
“Amazing Grace”
“How Great Thou Art”
“Prayer of Saint Francis”
“Song of Farewell”
“I Know That My Redeemer Lives”

ALTAR SERVERS
Gannon Thomas - Ryler Stevicks

USHERS
Steve Millage - Kendrin Millage

PALLBEARERS
Jennifer Millage - Jackie Hamanaka - Jordan Smith
Matthew Garcia - Cameron Hill - Conner Hill
Chelsea Hill - Riley Hill

HONORARY PALLBEARERS
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

INTERMENT
St. Joseph's Catholic Church Cemetery
Emmet Township, South Dakota

Guest Book

My deepest sympathy Katherine's family. What a joy she was during the time she lived at Silverleaf! I am so glad I had the opportunity to know her. Donna, what a faithful and loving daughter you were to her during that time and after she moved to the Nursing Home. It was obvious how much she was loved by her family and friends. May God care for her now while she waits for you in Heaven.
   ~ Julie McLaughlin Midland (10/9/2018)
So sorry for your loss. I'm thinking of you and sending prayers, love and hugs your way and your family. Love - Kristi
   ~ Kristi J Herman lincoln, ne (10/12/2018)
Dear Donna and family, I’m so grateful to have known your mom. What a perfect room mate for my mother. The way they would always watched out for each other, is a special memory for me.
What a classy lady, loved her smile. May the Lord bless you and keep you as you cherish all of your sweet memories of your mother.Love and prayers Debbie

   ~ Debbie Hansen Philip (10/10/2018)
Dear Rollie and Donna and all family, I send my deepest sympathy to you on your dear mother's death. I was privileged to know her while she lived in the Silverleaf and nursing home. I saw her weekly while visiting my parents. She beamed a smile at me every day and we talked about 'nursing'. She had great wisdom she shared about nursing and her life. She talked of all her children with love. What a pleasure for me to know her during these final years. She was a lovely lady and gracious every time I talked to her. My sympathy and blessings to you all.
   ~ Kay Foland Rapid City (10/11/2018)
Donna & family,
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother. She seemed like such a sweet lady. Donna, you will be in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time, because it is always hard to lose your mother, no matter what your age. God bless you and we'll be praying for you.

   ~ Kelly & Jeff Penticoff Philip, SD (10/11/2018)
Our loving thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this sad time. May God comfort you and hold you close.
Love, Mike & Shar

   ~ Mike and Shar Moses Philip, S.D. (10/9/2018)

Flowers

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Family - "Mom"
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Dakota Country Pharmacy
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Breck, Smith, Ravellette, Rieckman, Matt, and Slovek's
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Mike and Shar Moses
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Family - "Grandma"
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Matthew, Liz, and Catherine Garcia
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Gregory High School Class of 1984
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Dan and Cindy Hauk and Family, Bill Barrie and Family, and Joe and Betty Barrie
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Jenny, Chad, Ella and Gracie and Penny and Mike
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Your friends at the Lund Company
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Holly Jones
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Your friends, Tom and Rhonda Waterbury
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Your friends at Jungle of Flowers - Dave and Bev
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Sherry and Jeff Paasch
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Janice, Sherry, Rick and Pat, Brandon and Annie, and Tina and Austin
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Marcie, Cheryl, and Lois
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Class of 1981