John E. “Jack” Hill Jr.

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John E. “Jack” Hill Jr.

–  08/04/2020


John “Jack” Edgar Hill

February 29,1928 to August 4, 2020

John Edgar Hill 92, of Elmhurst, IL passed away peacefully on August 4, 2020 at Elmhurst Hospital from living life to the fullest.  He was known by many as Jack, Breadman, Jackpot, and Big Daddy’s Daddy. He was known by his grand- and great-grandchildren as Papa Jack, Poky, and Hot Papa.  

He was born as a leap year baby on February 29, 1928 in Pennsylvania to Winifred “Winnie” and John Edgar “Eddie” Hill and enjoyed celebrating his 23 leap year birthdays with family and friends.  Over the years, Jack shared many memories of his track and basketball days at Riverside Brookfield High School and noted that he received several awards for his talents.  After high school, he enlisted in the US Army and selflessly served in Korea. Upon his safe return, he enrolled at Elmhurst College, where he met, and later married Shirley Ann nee Rautenbush in 1952.  Upon completion of his degree in education, he launched what would become an important 40+ year career in Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, where he made a lasting impression and built many fond memories with those he met. Always a hard worker and dedicated family man, Jack would paint houses during the summer months to provide a steady income for his wife and four children. Shortly after his retirement from education, Jack experienced the difficult loss of his wife Shirley, of which he was married to and created a family with for 45 loving years.  He later reconnected with and married an old friend, Juanita “Lynn” Mathiasen, and together they enjoyed 19 years of marriage, family and friends. 

In addition to his strong work ethic, Jack made it a priority to spend time making memories with his family and friends.  Anyone who knew him can recount a loving memory or humorous story to share.  He served as an active committeeman for the DuPage County Republican Party and hosted many political meetings in the basement of his Oak Street residence.  He loved to regularly shoot a round of golf, participating in over 50 years of the Louis Invitational Annual Golf Outings.  He enjoyed painting, growing vegetables in his backyard garden and shooting pool.  He was known for challenging, and winning against, the all-too-confident ping pong opponent, using a Spanish book or rock from the basement shelf!  Jack was a charter member of the Oak Street Animals.  He was also a respected and long-standing member of the Elmhurst Elk’s Club and Villa Park Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Organization, of which he remained active into his final days. 

Jack’s 25th birthday flight to Hawaii has been cancelled, but next year he would like to buy his family and friends a drink at his “Jack’s Got the First Round” celebration! Details are TBD per his family.

Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife Shirley; parents Eddie and Winnie Hill; and brother Charles “Dick” Hill.

Jack was the beloved husband of Juanita “Lynn” Hill and the late Shirley, loving father of Wendy (Mark) Kennedy, Kurt (Dedee) Hill, Laura (Michael) Thon, Bob (Diana) Hill and dear stepfather of Michelle Mathiasen.

Grandfather of Mark A. (Holly) Kennedy, Katy Kennedy, Andrew (Debbie) Hill, Daniel (Veronica) Hill, Jordan (Kim) Hill, Abbey (Joshua) Erber, Collin (Megan) Hill, Wendy Hill, Kyle Hill (Kelsey Woods), Joshua Mathiasen, Justin Hill, Olivia Hill, and Aryanna Mathiasen.

Great-Grandfather of Quinn Kennedy, Morgan Kennedy, Isabella Erber, Trenor Erber, Amber Erber, Shaw Hill, Brendan Erber, Natalie Hill, Rebekah Hill, Katelyn Erber, Wesley Hill, Caleb Hill, Madison Hill, Callie Jo Hill, Teddy Hill, Jack Kennedy and Dani Hill.

Jack is survived by his sister-in-law LaVerne Hill. 

Service and interment are private due to public health concerns regarding Covid-19 and will be held for immediate family only. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation is requested to be made in Jack’s honor to The Bosworth Scholarship Fund at Elmhurst University.  Checks to be made payable to Elmhurst University and mailed to Louis Golf Outing, c/o Hire Nelson, 325 Factory Rd Ste B, Addison, IL 60101.  Or please visit, and click on Cancellation Letter for donation details. For further info. 1-630-832-4161



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