DEXTER - Dr. Ronald T. Hill, 63, died May 14, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born Feb. 23, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late T.S. and Mary Ann Hastings Hill, he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and was a member of the choir and men's prayer group. He graduated in 1964 from the University of Missouri Medical School with a medical degree and performed an internship and general surgery residency at Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. During his two years in the U.S. Army, he was a surgeon in a MASH unit during the Vietnam War and served as chairman of Orthopedic Services at the Ireland Army Hospital in Fort Knox, Ky. Hill was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement in ground operations for hostile forces and the Vietnam Bronze Star.
In 1971, he began his private practice of general surgery in Dexter. He was on staff at Dexter Memorial Hospital, where he served as chief of staff, chief of surgery and on the board of directors. He was also on staff at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. A former board member of the University of Missouri Alumni Association, board member and education chairman of the American Cancer Society and Dexter Chamber of Commerce, he was also the athletic physician at Dexter High School. Hill was a member of various organizations and medical-related boards in Dexter, Stoddard County and the State of Missouri.
On Sept. 15, 1995, at Cape Girardeau, he married Donna Neubauer who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Chris Hill of Springfield; one daughter, Gwen Pollara of Denver, Colo.; two stepsons, Bill Neubauer of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jonathan Neubauer of Newport Beach, Calif.; two sisters, Marilyn Lincoln of Alexandria, Va., and Sue Hellwege of Cape Girardeau; and one grandchild.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Dexter with the Rev. Wayne Dismuke officiating.
Burial will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.