WELLSVILLE – Ralph E. Hills, 90, went to meet his Savior on Tuesday (September 7, 2021) after a brief illness.
Mr. Hills was born on January 8, 1931 in Wellsville to Ralph and Margaret (Smith) Hills. Ralph attended Wellsville High School where he graduated with the class of 1948. On August 6, 1950 at the Christian Temple in Wellsville he married his sweetheart Geraldine “Geri” Smith.
He was a machinist at Alstom Air Preheater where he retired in 1986. Not truly ready to join the ranks of the retired, he then started a locksmith service which he ran from his home for many years.
Ralph is survived by two sons, Brian Hills and Alan (Karla) Hills of Wellsville; two daughters, Janet O’Loughlin of Moreno Valley, Ca. and Carole Rich of Riverside, Ca.; two sisters, Sylvia Merry of Wellsville and Frances Gillan of North Carolina; 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Along with his wife of 65 years, Ralph was preceded in death by his daughter, Sheila Oliver; a son, Kevin Hills, and a grandson, Brian Hills, Jr.
Ralph was a long-time member of the Christian Temple in Wellsville and after that he remained with the same congregation for the last ten years at Grace United Church.
He was a hard worker who provided well for his family. He enjoyed tinkering on various projects but primarily spent his free time on locksmithing.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home; online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Ralph’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.