Dear 1978 MM Grads,
I regret to inform you all that last night April 29th, 2005 around 9pm one of our classmates - Rod Hill passed away. For the last month he has been fighting blood clots in his legs that were causing his heart to work way to hard. His heart rate was 200 beats per minute when he entered the hospital, and the doctors did all they could, but it wasn't enough. The fight for our "Big Rod" is now over. I know he's not in pain anymore, and I know I'll miss him at all the sport games around Longview and Kelso. He's now with his Dad, Mom, and older brother in heaven. Please pray for his three sisters as they need comforting in the coming weeks. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet, but if you would like to know email me back, and I'll make sure to get those to you. Rod was a active member of Valley Christian Fellowship (formerly Valley Baptist Church) at: 2844 30th Ave Longview, WA 98632 if you wish to send a card to his sisters, and let them know a memory you have about "Big Rod". May you have a blessed weekend.
Your friend always,
Darren's Eulogy at Rod's funeral:
Big Rod Hill's Life
We will all miss seeing Rod's smile, as if he just put another kid on his knees as Santa at Christmas Time.
We will all miss seeing the smile, as if he just got the last cookie from the cookie jar when no one was looking.
We will miss Big Rod's undying loyalty to his friends.
We will miss Big Rod's excitement before our next high school class reunion.
Some may be sad that Rod never married, or had kids. I know Rod would say, but your kids were my kids.
Some may be sad that Big Rod's life was too short. I know Big Rod would tell us with a smile he's more alive now than we could ever believe.
I know Big Rod would say to all "please accept Jesus as your Savior", and get up here - I'm singing in the Choir.