Kermit O. Hill passed away Nov. 23, 2012, with family members present in Bonita Springs, Fla. Kermit was born Sept. 25, 1922, at the family home northwest of Ray, N.D., to Arthur and Thea (Swenson) Hill. Kermit was united in marriage to Bertha Anderson on May 27, 1950, in Hawley, Minn. They lived in North Dakota and Montana before moving to Baxter, Minn., in 1958 where they raised their children on White Sand Lake.
Kermit went to a one-room country grade school northwest of Ray, N.D. He graduated from Ray High School in 1940. In 1949 he earned a business degree at UND and was salutatorian of his class. Kermit was inducted into the U.S. Army on Jan. 22, 1943, serving in the Pacific Theatre during WW II. He received a Bronze Star for heroic actions during his service. In 2010 Kermit was proud to be chosen for an Honor Flight for WW II vets to Washington, D.C. Kermit worked as a manager for Sears for 26 years before retiring in 1981. Bertha and Kermit were snowbirds for many years. He enjoyed golfing year round. He became Bertha’s loving caretaker as dementia took her memory, ending their winters in Arizona. He never complained, saying, “Minnesota winters aren’t so bad either.” Kermit grew a bountiful garden every year, one he shared with neighbors and family. He always looked forward to the time he shared with his family and his trips to North Dakota. He is survived by his children, Bruce (Marlene), Dale (Brenda), Claire, and Shelly; sisters, Delores (Bud) Grimson, Florence (Harold) Magnuson; and brother, Bud (Pat) Hill; grandchildren, Amy (Brent) Kobielush, Joshua Hill, Angela Schultz, and Kyle Stacey; great-grandchildren, Jack, Haleigh and Blake. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha; son, Bradley; son-in-law, Randy; granddaughter, Anna; brothers, Harley, Wallace and Donald; and sister, Ruby. Kermit’s wishes were to be laid to rest on a sunny spring day at Fort Ripley’s military cemetery with military honors.