A graveside service with military honors for Don Hill Sr., 71, of Killeen, will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the SGI-USA Killeen Buddhist Center, at 116 E. Avenue D, Killeen.
Mr. Hill died March 11, 2018, in a Temple hospital. He was born March 29, 1946, in San Angelo, the son of Louis Aaron Hill and Doris (DeMoville) Hill.
Mr. Hill joined the Texas Civil Air Patrol at the age of 15. He joined the U.S. Air Force at 16, on Jan. 2, 1963, and served in the Air Force for four years. He then enlisted in the Army, retiring in 1984. He was a Vietnam veteran.
Mr. Hill married Doi Troung, June 29, 1972, in San Angelo.
After his 20 years of military service, he worked in private security jobs, law enforcement and corrections jobs, and government contract jobs that took him all the way to the Middle East in support of military and government personnel, not retiring from such work until he was 65 years old.
Mr. Hill also volunteered as a citizen supporter of local police. He was extremely proud to have spent 50 years of his life serving, protecting and defending his country, his community and his family.
Mr. Hill was a proud member of the SGI-USA Buddhist community in Killeen, a true Bodhisattva of the Earth with a mission to transform the sufferings of life into joy for himself and others. He was also a member of the VFW in Killeen.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Doi Hill of Killeen; two sons, Louis Hill III of Killeen, and Don Hill Jr. of Waco and his partner, Stephen Rambo; two informally acquired daughters, Lisa Stratton of Temple, and Beatrice (Gouacide) Elam of Kansas; one brother, Louis Hill II of Denver; and one sister, Linda Baugh of San Angelo.
Dossman Funeral Home in Belton is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Mr. Hill may be made to SGI-USA (www.sgi-usa.org).