Mount Vernon News


Mount Vernon News
January 17, 2012 11:23 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Ambrose H. “Andy” Hill Jr., 80, of Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at the Country Court Nursing Center in Mount Vernon.

He was born Oct. 1, 1931, in McMechen, W.Va., son of the late Ambrose H. and Grace (Gardner) Hill Sr. Andy attended Utica High School and entered the Korean War at the age of 16. After the Korean War, he continued his tour of duty in the Vietnam War and retired from the U.S. Army with 22 years of service. Andy was the former owner and operator the Mount Vernon Radio Shack. He was a member of the VFW Post 4027 in Mount Vernon; Post 92 of the American Legion in Utica; and the Military Officers Association of American, where he served as a Reserve Captain. Andy was also a member of the Ohio Lodge 199 of the F&AM; the Knox Chapter of the Ohio Eastern Star 236; the Scottish Rite in Dallas, Texas; and Baldwin Shrine Club and the Aladdin Shrine in Columbus. Andy was a Certified Master Gardener with the Ohio State University.

Andy is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Emma (Phillips) Hill; children, Emma Jane (Brent) Vail of Fredericktown, Sheri Cochran of Mount Vernon, Cynthia (Randall) Harris of Fredericktown and Brian Kelly Hill of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Dustin Cochran, Nathan Howerton, Kelly Cochran, Jeremy Howerton and Hayley Garrett; and great-grandchildren, Zoe Cochran and Steven Garrett.; brothers, Ross Lee Hill of Glendale, W.Va., and William Kelly Hill of Calumet City, Ill.; sisters, Kathryn Horvath of Florida, Alice Hill of Chicago and Eva Jane Gonzales of Ocala, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Andy was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Hill.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, where a funeral service will be Thursday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Terry McLaughlin officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army and the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. Eastern Star and Masonic Memorial services will follow the evening visitation.

Private expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Ambrose H. “Andy” Hill Jr.

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