Earl Dean Hill


On Friday, February 14, 2020, Earl Dean Hill went to be with his Lord and Savior. Dean was 90 years old; he was born on October 22, 1929. Dean graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Agriculture and Chemistry. He was employed by Mellon Institute, Callery Chemical and the Gulf Oil Corporation/Chevron as a chemist inventing various fuel types  (rocket/auto/alternative fuels) both domestic and abroad.

For his work with Gulf Oil Dean traveled to Ireland, Korea, and Texas for extended periods. He retired in 1986 but kept active by farming. He loved to farm, bale hay and work with all types of farm animals. He was very active with the Butler Horseman’s Association for many years assisting with their annual horse show.

Dean was born and raised in Valencia, and continued enjoying life at family farms in Mercer and West Sunbury. Recently, he lived at Newhaven Court located in Butler. The staff and residents became his second family.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife of more than 45 years, Ellen Brown, his parents John and Estella (Ziegler) Hill, two brothers John A. Hill (Betty), Leroy A. Hill and one sister Jean (Michael) Sutkovich.

Surviving is Dean’s sister, Marjorie Hill, his daughter Deanna (Michael) Panza and his son Travis (Chelsea) Hill. He had five grandchildren; Darian (Josh) Bly, Justin (Leah Hogan) Castello, Katelyn (Mathew) Piroth, Michael Panza, Tyler Hill, Payson Hill, and Brooklyn Hill.

Dean is also survived by five great grandchildren; Avery Bly, Milania Bly, Aria Castello, Cole Castello, and Kallie Piroth.

Visitation and Funeral was held Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home of Eau Claire.

Burial was private at the Butler County Memorial Park Cemetery.

For more information or to express condolences please visit: www.buzardfuneralhomes.com

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