Vernon Calvin Olin Hill

October 25, 1917 ‒ February 26, 2015

Shelby, Ohio

Vernon Calvin Olin Hill passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Crestwood Care Center. He was 97.

He was born October 25, 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio to parents Benjamin & Amy (Arwine) Hill.

Vernon proudly served his country in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. The air force fostered in him a love of airplanes and flying, and he obtained his pilot’s license, going on to become a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol and working with this organization well into his 80s.

Vernon attended Southern Missionary College in Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He then taught elementary school in various locations for the Seventh-Day Adventist education system for 35 years.

He married Grescilda Morris on July 27, 1958 and they had 56 years together building a meaningful and impactful life. They loved to travel, go camping, be outdoors in nature, learn new things, and have new adventures. They were never without a new interest or project and loved to include everyone in their plans.

He was a member of the Mansfield Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where he was greatly involved with the youth group, Pathfinders, as well as substitute teaching at the church’s elementary school. He was a strong believer in and supporter of Christian education.

Vernon took great pleasure in his violin, which he taught himself how to play when in his 70’s.

One of the greatest pleasures in his life was his most important hobby, ham radio, and being a ham radio operator. All his friends and family knew well his call letters, WB2OES, and this passion lasted into his early 90s.

Above all, Vernon cherished his family, doted on his grandchildren, and loved his church. He always gave selflessly of his time and energy. He could be described as eccentric, caring, loyal, selfless, quirky, patient, stubborn and dedicated, and all these traits made him the unique and beloved individual he was.

He is survived by his loving daughter Patti and son-in-law Larry Clayburn of Shelby; three adored grandchildren: Amie (Clayburn) Siemens (Nick) of Cheyenne, WY; Erica Clayburn of Hawthorne, NJ, and Adam (Elizabeth) Clayburn of Shelby; and three beloved great-grandchildren, Haley Clement, and David and Amelia Clayburn.

Vernon was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Grescilda R. Hill, his parents, and siblings Melvin Hill, Virginia Whalen, Paul Hill, and Carol Jean Kenaston.

A memorial service, open to all, will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 4pm at the Mansfield Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1040 W. Cook Road, Mansfield. Pastor Larry Grahn will officiate.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Mansfield SDA School through the Mansfield SDA church.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Vernon’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • I remember Vern very fondly. He was always a good friend and loved to share his Swan 350 with me during complementing. He will be missed. It will be great to see him in heaven.

  • Mr. Hill shared his gifts and talents with all who knew him. He was a great example to us younger folks as he served others. Mr. Hill’s face would light up when he talked about his family. It was the one thing I’ll never forget about him.

  • Mr. Hill always had a warm smile and kind word for everyone. Looking forward to heaven and the great reunion. May God’s peace be with you all.