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Truman Homer Hill
Services were held April 5 for Truman H. Hill, 74, of Claremore, Okla. The former Ceres resident died March 27, 2010.

Burial at Lone Elm Cemetery was arranged by the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.

Born May 3, 1935 to Everet Sherman and Audie Lee Smith Hill, Truman grew up and received his education in the Springdale, Arkansas area. When he finished school, Truman began working on his own, having learned a strong work ethic even as a young boy while helping his parents. He left Arkansas and moved to California where he met Joyce Bennett. The young couple married on Nov. 18, 1954 at Ceres. The nearby town of Keyes was where they made their first home. Most of Truman and Joyce's married life was spent in the Ceres-Keyes area. A transport truck driver for most of his life, Truman also worked for the power company for several years in California. One of his most successful business ventures was Truman's Backhoe and Dump Truck Company. He also served as a volunteer fireman for many years. Truman enjoyed weekend camping trips with his family, listening to good music and story telling. Mr. Hill moved to Claremore in 2004 to be near most of their children.

He leaves behind his wife, Joyce Hill of Claremore; six children, Debra Barnes of California, and Wayne Hill, Mike Hill, Jimbo Hill, Doug Hill and David Hill, all of Claremore; two sisters, Dorothy Moore and Carolyn Osborne, both of California; and his 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James Hill, and sisters Neoma McCoy and Judy Ritter.

-Ceres Courier April 21, 2010