Obituary of Arthur (Art) Rodney Hills
Arthur (Art) Rodney Hills, age 87, passed away on Friday September 7, 2018. Art is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nan, his three children Victoria (Mark) Modrak, Lynda (Ray) Colliver, and Bruce (Kristie) Hills, his brother Ken (Linda) Hills, eight loving grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is predeceased by his mother Bea Hills, his father Lester Hills, and his brother Gary Hills.
Art grew up in Spokane, Washington, working on the farm, fishing, and hunting. He often told stories of those happy and mischievous times. He joined the Air Force during the Korean War, where he met Nan on a blind date in Mobile, Alabama. It was a whirlwind romance and they were married after a few months. After his service was over, they moved to Spokane where they raised a family and where he worked for the telephone company until his retirement after 37 years of work he loved.
Art was a devoted father who loved to be active. He was a Boy Scout leader, built and raced hydroplanes, built and raced cars, got his pilot license, and built the house in which he raised his family. After his retirement, he and Nan moved to Castle Rock where together they designed and built their home on the Cowlitz River. He started playing tennis again, worked with Friends of the Cowlitz to raise fish to restock the river and to build a shooting range, and he fished every chance he got. His friends and family all have pictures holding up a salmon or steelhead that he helped them catch. His life was long and he lived it to the fullest.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 6, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. at Pines Cemetery - 1402 S Pines Rd. Spokane Valley, WA.