Reed Adams Hill
1923 ~ 2015

Reed Adams Hill, age 92, passed away peacefully at home on November 14, 2015. His dear wife, Helen, was at his side. Reed was born April 15, 1923 in Ogden, Utah, the son of George Collins Hill and Wilhelmina Reed Adams. His mother died in childbirth and we rejoice in that sweet reunion of mother and son, now 92 years later.

Reed was raised in his early years by loving grandparents, then later in his teen years he rejoined his father and stepmother in their home. At 17, as an early graduate from high school, he left home for employment on the Southern Pacific Railroad as a telegrapher. Then, during the years of World War II, he joined with so many of his friends and associates in volunteering for military duty. His service was in the Navy, seeing action in the Pacific until the war’s end. Upon his return, he attended the University of Utah where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering. With that education, a very sharp mind, and a notable work ethic, Reed pursued a long and distinguished career with IBM, where he was very involved in the design and development of mainframe computer systems and some of the many applications of that new and rapidly progressing technology. He loved his work and he excelled in his profession.

Reed’s career at IBM took him from Ogden to New York and Boston, and then to San Jose, California, where he lived and worked for 50 years.

For 67 years, Reed has been a devoted husband and father, having married his dear wife, Helen Underwood Hill, in 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they have five children, 29 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Reed’s example of caring devotion and love for his family will always be remembered. His guidance, patience, and wise counsel have been a blessing to family members and many others as well.

Reed was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all of his life. He served as a branch president, a bishop, a counselor in a stake presidency, and then as president of the San Jose California South Stake for nine years. Thereafter, he served for many years as a sealer in the Oakland Temple, faithfully driving the 100-mile round trip from San Jose, with his wife at his side, to serve each week in the temple. This service was interrupted only by three full-time missions, together with his wife, to the Family History Mission at Church Headquarters, the England Birmingham Mission, and finally to the Nauvoo Temple. His testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the service he rendered as a result, are exemplary.

Reed is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters Shawna Conniff (Jeff), Gaylene Powell (David), and sons Roger (Carrie), Terry (Marilyn), and Curtis (Irene), and their children and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marian Heward (Enos), and his brother George Jr. (Marian).

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Manila LDS Chapel, 3396 North 900 West, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment will be at the Ogden City Cemetery, 1875 Monroe Blvd, Ogden, Utah at 3:00 pm.

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