Ken Hillis, a lifetime resident of the Morewood area, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital following a brief illness on Mon., Nov. 12, 2018. He was 92.
Ken was born on a dairy farm east of Morewood on Jan. 18, 1926 to his parents, William and Minnie Hillis (nee Rainey). He married his wife, Rietta, on Aug. 26, 1950, had three children, and continued to farm alongside his son well into his 70s. Ken was an avid curler in his later years and he never liked to miss a game – often curling three times a week until he was in has late 80s. He loved to socialize in his quiet manner, had a strong sense of commitment to his family, the community, and the church, and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining family and friends at the farm with Rietta.
Ken is survived by his wife of 68 years, Rietta Hillis (nee Steven); his children, Greg Hillis of Morewood, Blair Hillis (Kathy) of Morewood, and Shari Haas (Rick) of Orleans; and his in-laws, Sue Hillis of Belleville, Lloyd Steven (Doris) of Cannamore, and Ken Steven of Grandview, Man. He will be fondly remembered by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Ken was predeceased by his brothers, Bob, Milton, Harold, and Emerson Hillis. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at Winchester United Church on Sat., Nov. 17 at 2 pm with Rev. Christine Lowson officiating, with a luncheon following the service.
The pallbearers were Ken’s grandsons, Joey and Bryan Hillis. Spring interment of cremated remains will be at Morewood Cemetery.
Donations to Winchester United Church or the CNIB would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com