Howard D. “Clunker” Hill

Groton, Vt. — Howard D. “Clunker” Hill of Glover Road passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, 2013, at his home following a period of declining health. He was 88.

Born on March 7, 1925, in Ipswich, Mass., he was the son of Ralph C. and Olive (Dawson) Hill. Howie grew up in Ipswich and was a graduate of Ipswich High School.

He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS Canberra as a radar man and the Korean War aboard the USS Laning as a radio operator. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

On Sept. 7, 1954, he married Joan D. Roberts.

In earlier years, he worked as a meat cutter, for an oil company, and as a realtor.

In search of a nice area to raise a family, he moved to Groton in 1964 from Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter, he bought the local store in Groton and operated it as Hills Market for many years. He also became the Justice of the Peace in Groton.

His wife Joan died on July 12, 2010, and a son Ralph Hill died in Jan. 11, 2012.

He leaves six children: Nathan Hill of Bradford, Vt., Judith A. Briggs and her husband, Norman of Concord, Vt., James Hill and his wife, Winifred of Pike, N.H., Laura Brown and her husband, Mel of Groton, and David Hill of New Hampshire; six grandchildren: Joy and Rosa Brown both of Groton; Christine Conley of Bristol, Conn., Sarah Hill of Essex, Vt., Ralph Andrew “Drew” Hill of West Topsham, Vt., and Lydia Hill of Burlington, Vt.; great-grandchildren, Troy and Natalie Norton; a sister, Helen Grundstrom of Rowley, Mass.; two nieces, Debbie Grunstrom and Jan Sanders and a nephew, John Howard all of Rowley, Mass.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are by Pearson’s Funeral Home, 70 Church Street, Lyndonville, Vt.

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