Charles D. Hill

March 24, 1931 ‒ August 19, 2016

Fredericktown, Ohio

Charles D. Hill, age 85, of Fredericktown, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 19, 2016 at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born on March 24, 1931 in Minerva, Ohio the son of Charles and Pearl (Cooper) Hill.

Charles served in the United States Army during the Korean War and on January 20, 1953 proudly escorted on the Honor Guard for the Dwight D. Eisenhower parade. In 1956 he earned his B.S. in Physical Education from Western State College in Colorado where he also earned All American basketball honors. Charles later earned his Master Degree in Education from Colorado University and received his principal certificate from Xavier University.

Charles taught and coached at numerous high schools in Ohio including, Howard High School, Mount Vernon, Circleville, Danville and later served as principal of the Knox County Joint Vocational School. He was a member and referee for the Ohio High School Athletic Association and in 1994 was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Charles was also a member of the Ohio State Teachers Association, Colonial City Moose Lodge and attended Palmyra Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife Vivian (Gaddis) Hill, whom he married on June 13, 1981; his children, Michael (Laraine) Hill, Kelly (Deborah) Hill, Lee Ann (James) Hoobler, Elaine Wilson, Karen (Mark) Polzinetti; nine grandchildren, Jeromy (Mishara) Hill, Adam Peters, Kaitlyn (Chris) Schuler, Erica (Chad) Taylor, Shawn Johnson, Natalee Johnson, Gabrielle Diaz, Eric Diaz, Jacob Polzinetti; two great grandchildren, Isabella Peters and Addison Taylor.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his sister Jean Hall.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Palmyra Church of Christ, 21184 Zolman Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 where a Celebration of Life service and military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will begin at 6 p.m. Evangelist Troy Northrop will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County or the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County Scholarship Fund.

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The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Charles D. Hill.

  • Vivian and family members, you have our blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Vivian – my heart breaks as I read about Mr. Hill. I admired him so much! You have certainly earned you “wings” taking such good care of him for so long. My memories go back to early 1960 when he coached and taught (and drove the school bus). I even sent my son, Dirk, to Western State because of my admiration!

    Please know there is someone down here in Texas mourning your loss along with you. I treasure the memory of visiting with you both a few years ago. God Bless!


    Sally Tanner

  • Vivian and Family Our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult time I pray God gives you the strength to get through. Vivian I so admire you the love and care you gave to Chuck you always stepped up to the plate you are a saint and angel of God. Prayers for you and family Jeff and Cheryl Gaddis

  • Vivian and Family,
    You and your family have our deepest sympathy. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.
    Walt & Robin Farlee

  • What a really neat person he was. I know Tracie also enjoyed him and loved officiating with him. I pray your wonderful memories will ease the pain in your hearts. Hugs

  • Chuck,
    Your going to be so sadly missed. I ‘m so sorry for the lost of the Hill family.. Please you all be strong and you were for me when my dad Ralph died. Love is sent your way form Boise Idaho..

    Michael Johnson

  • Sadness has gripped the hearts of all of those who knew Chuck as well as I did! He was a great roll model for everyone he came in contact with! I had a special realtion with Chuck as he played on the same fast pitch softball team as my dad, Ralph Johnson! Chuck was also one of my teachers and had great influence on my life! He will be always in my heart as I know he and Ralph will join other members of that great softball team!
    Much love to the family and our sincere sympathy!
    From Oregon
    Paul Johnson




  • Vivian,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss! I have very special wonderful memories of some times we had together back in the day. I know you have been the great caretaker for a while now and I know how hard and also how rewarding that can be. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and if there is anything at all I can do to ease the pain of your loss please know that I am here!

  • Vivian and family,

    So sorry for your loss. He is not longer in pain. May God give you peace during this time of grieving.

  • A nicer man would be hard to find. I worked, as a teenager, with Mr. Hill at Phillips Park during the summers of 1971 and 1972. I had so much fun during those two summers and appreciated his kindness. Occasionally over the years I would run in to Mr. Hill who always had a ready smile. I am certain that his influence played a huge part in my decision to enter education and how I treated my students. I am also certain that he has found his reward.

  • Vivian,
    I first met Coach when he joined the Yellow Jacket coaching staff in 1957. He helped guide us to our second undefeated / untied season. I will always remember his infectious smile and positive approach to whatever he did. As a result of his influence, the following players from that team went on to play at Western Colorado State. They were: Ron Stoneburner, Roger Thompson, Barry Lutz, Jim Factor and probably others. We always enjoyed having both he and you attend our team reunions.
    We need many more like him to lead and guide our youth!!!
    Chuck Shuff
    Mount Vernon class of 1958

  • So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time! Our love to Chris and Kaitlyn Schuler, Jim and LeeAnn Hoobler and family!
    Love, Dann, Cathy, Stacey, Kirby, Hannah, Will , Charley and Chandra

  • I remember Mr. Hill being a very fair and good person and coach for our unbeaten football teams at Mt. Vernon High during the 1950s. A very good role model for us at a time in our lives.

    May he rest in peace,

  • I’m sorry for your loss! Chuck & I had many memories together…me as a softball player in women’s league and coaching at MVHS and him umpiring! I had great respect for Chuck. My sympathy to the family!

  • Such a legacy , that touched many lives . An inspiration to many. Prayers for family. Nancy

  • My deepest sympathy to all of you. Sending prayers for strength to get through the loss of Chuck. He will be greatly missed by all of the lives he has touched. Hang on tight to the memories, no one can take those away. I will never forget his contagious smile

  • Vivian & Family,

    What a super nice guy who was known & loved by many!! Sending prayers for your entire family to find peace and comfort during this difficult time of loss.

    Love to all,

  • Vivian, even though we did not know Chuck, we know he must have been a wonderful man from all the lovely things which have been said about him. We also know he had to have been blessed by your loving and dedicated care.
    We are sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gary and Naspa Stevens

  • Tuesday 12:30 p.m. I just found out about Chuck passing away. I’m deeply sorry to hear about his passing. Since we live in Parkersburg, WV now, I don’t keep up as much on these things as I would like to. He was a very delight to work for. I’m glad my husband and I got to visit with him and Vivian a few months ago when we were in that area.

  • We are thinking of you all. Chuck was very blessed to be loved by such a wonderful wife & family. Lifting you up in our prayers & keeping you in our hearts. Hugs to you all. xoxo

  • I enjoyed having Mr. Hill as my Biology teacher at Mount Vernon High School. He was a very nice man and I’ll remember him fondly. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Val McManis , Class of ’73

  • I couldn’t help but think of all the baseball , basketball, football and softball games Chuck officiated and umpired. You always knew when Chuck was there you were going to get his best effort.
    I can only imagine what Chuck and John Mickley are talking about at this moment.
    My deepest sympathy to the Hill family on their loss.

  • Charles Hill will always have the warmest of places in my heart and memory. He was an inspirational teacher who always knew exactly how to bring out the best in any student at Mt Vernon High school. For some reason he took me under his wing and because of him I turned around from being a failing student to one with straight A’s under his guidance. Both him and Guy van Nostrand literally gave me the life I enjoy today….
    But more than that Mr Hill was so very handsome and athletic with a ready smile and encouragement even for those of us who had zero interest in any form of sport….. It is always sad when one reads about the death of someone who had such a profound influence on ones life; it is like a little bit of me has been lost, that time of innocence and a belief that the world would always be the same and Charles Hill would be here forever reminding you of what you were like when you were young……

    Mr Hill where ever your soul and its spirit is now I am sure your radiant light will be welcomed by all. I send love and admiration and sincere condolences to your family.

    Robert Marshall Florer
    United Kingdom