Dr. Stephen A. Hill
August 09, 1950 ‒ August 30, 2017
MANSFIELD: Dr. Stephen Alan Hill, 67, of Mansfield, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at OSU Medical Center in Columbus, surrounded by his family. Born August 9, 1950 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he was the son of Dr. Ross Hawthorne (Col. Ret.) and Betty Mae (Shaffer) Hill.
Stephen graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and completed his medical degree at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX, and his surgical internship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. From there, he moved to The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, where he completed a residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in biochemical neuropathology. While in Columbus, he began his lifelong practice of martial arts, eventually earning a Nidan in Karate, Shodan in Weapons, Shodan in Aikido. Stephen then continued his training at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, where he completed a residency in neurology and a neuromuscular fellowship. He moved to Mansfield to begin private practice at Mansfield Neurology, Inc., where he faithfully served the community for twenty-eight years. In October 2014 he moved to Ohio Health Neurological Physicians and continued seeing patients until his death.
While at Mansfield Neurology, Stephen also worked out of Mansfield General Hospital, and traveled to regional hospitals in Ashland, Galion, Norwalk and Mount Vernon to care for his patients in more remote areas. Stephen was known by his friends, family, coworkers and patients as a diligent, patient and devoted caregiver who treated every patient with dignity and compassion. For many years, he taught aikido at the Mansfield YMCA. Stephen, an Eagle Scout in his youth, also served as a leader for Boy Scouts Troop 121. In his free time, Stephen loved to spend time at his farm in Bellville, where he canoed, fished and gardened. A lifelong learner, Stephen was a voracious reader, and loved collecting antique books. He could also while away hours in his workshop, woodworking or tying flies for fly fishing.
The center of Stephen’s life was his large and loving family. Growing up as the son of a Colonel in the Army, Stephen, his parents and his sister Saralyn moved every two-three years, and were stationed both in the US and abroad. During his pediatric rotation of his neurosurgery residency at OSU, he met his wife Cyndi (Sweeney) Hill who was an RN at Children’s Hospital. They were married in 1982 and went on to have four children.
He is survived by his wife Cyndi; daughter Meghan of New York, NY, son Donovan of Canton, OH, daughter Caelin and Caelin’s partner Nate Johnson of Mansfield and their future daughter Rowan Brienne (Hill) Johnson, son Evan and daughter-in-law Brittany Hill of Mansfield; mother Betty; sister Saralyn Hill Shone; brother-in-law Gary Shone; nephew Ross Shone; uncle John Hill; mother-in-law June Sweeney; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Susan and Robert Foley, Terry and Becky Sweeney, Kathleen Wolens, and Tim and Michelle Sweeney; nephews Ryan and Brendan Foley (Natalie), Christopher Sweeney (Taylor) Colin and Quinn Sweeney; nieces Caitlyn Sweeney and Taryn Sweeney; and many cousins and extended family on the Hill side, as well as many friends and co-workers.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ross; father-in-law William “Don” Sweeney; and brother-in-law Michael Wolens.
A memorial service celebrating Stephen’s life Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 4 p.m. will be in The Kehoe Center, 175 Mansfield Avenue, Shelby, Ohio, after which the Hill family will host a reception until 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the Hill family prefers contributions in Stephen’s memory to “The Dr. Stephen A. Hill Fund of The Richland County Foundation.” These gifts may be made in person at the memorial service, through Snyder Funeral Homes, or directly to the Richland Foundation (181 South Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902).
The family would like to especially thank Greg Kraner RN, Lyndsey Porter RN, Eric Ball RN, Stephanie Eden RN, Jeri Cerbus RN, and Jeremy Jacobson Unit Clerk for the outstanding care given to Stephen, but especially for the love and support shown to the family. There are no words adequate enough to thank you.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hill family. To leave a message of sympathy or view his tribute video please visit:SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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