Dennis Gerald Hills
Dennis Gerald Hills, 65, of South Dayton passed peacefully Saturday October 10, 2015 at his home in Palm Harbor, Florida. Dennis was born in Jamestown NY October 10, 1950.
Dennis graduated from Pine Valley Central School in 1968 and Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse in 1970. Dennis was the funeral director / owner of Hills Funeral Chapel in South Dayton, Cattaraugus and Gowanda, NY for the past 40 years. Over the years Dennis held many roles in his community. He served on the Villenova Town Council and the Pine Valley school board; was a member of Pine Valley and Gowanda Lions and the Villenova Grange for 35 years; volunteered as a den leader in the Cub and Boy Scouts of America; worshiped at South Dayton Free Methodist, Gowanda Free Methodist Church and Roberts Memorial Free Methodist Church Cattaraugus and Berea Baptist church in Palm Harbor, Florida. He also enjoyed singing with the Pine Valley Community Choir.
Beloved husband of 44 years to Patricia A Hills; loving father of Bethany (Dani) Hills-Grois and Mary (Stephen) Odrzywolski; cherished grandfather of Owen and Micah Odrzywolski, brother of Nancy (Bruce) Laquay; Norman (Sharon) Hills and Ruthann (Tony) Zrimsek. Survived by many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gerald and Mary Hills,
Relatives and Friends may visit HILLS FUNERAL CHAPEL 478 Route 83 at Balcom Corners Friday from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm., where a funeral service will be held Saturday at 11am. Interment in Villenova Cemetery. Pastor Brett Davis Gowanda Free Methodist Church and Pastor Tom Maynard Celebration Fellowship. Memorials may be made to South Dayton, Cattaraugus or Gowanda Free Methodist church or Berea Baptist in Palm Harbor FL.
A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Hills
Diane Schulz Dec 2 2015 12:00 AM
May you rest in peace dear Dennis. I can never repay you for your kindness and help during my mother's passing. Thank you for all you have done and all the people you have helped. Enjoy Heaven and say 'hello' to Mom for me.
Sally Pellnat Oct 24 2015 12:00 AM
He was a great guy and a great friend. His smile lit up the room! Our hearts go out to you and yours Pat.
Myra and Dwight Johnston Oct 22 2015 12:00 AM
We send you condolences for the passing of a very genuine and caring father, husband, friend and community member. His presence in the community served so many people during their most tragic times with love and a gift that few people have. He had a ministry called from God and we were all touched by it. Now God has called him home where there is no more pain. We will miss him but we will see him again one day!
Dennis and Rhodella Brown Oct 17 2015 12:00 AM
Our deepest condolences on the death of Denny. He was a well liked person & truly an asset to this community. May the Lord bring you peace during and strength during this time.
Pat & Bernie Holland Oct 16 2015 12:00 AM
My Dear Friend, Pat, I love remembering all the good times we all had together years ago. Your cooking was and is the best and our card playing was always fun when we beat the Men. Hope to see you soon when you get back to Florida. I wish I could be there with you now. Love, Marlene
Marlene Ecker Oct 15 2015 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I know that God will give you and your family the strength to go thru this. I will keep you in my prayers.
Yvonne Grier Oct 14 2015 12:00 AM
Pat, I always enjoyed the professional relationship I had with Dennis for nearly 30 years, and was always pleased to see you when you came along with him to our facility. The strength that he displayed while doing battle with his health issues was certainly to be admired. It is my hope that your sadness at this time is eventually replaced by pleasant memories of happier days
Jeffrey Present Oct 14 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Pat and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss and pray beautiful memories will bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our hearts are heavy for your sadness and the loss of a good man.
Our sincere condolences and love,
Butch and Vicky Fancher
Bruce and Vicky Fancher Oct 14 2015 12:00 AM
Pat, Buffy, Mary & families,
So sorry for your loss. My God sustain you all in His loving, healing embrace through this difficult time and always. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Mark & Laurel Smith Oct 14 2015 12:00 AM