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Jim Hill

Salesman in petroleum industry;

enjoyed golfing and fishing

Jim Bill Hill, 90, died Oct. 10 at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City.

He was born Jan. 25, 1911, in Middleton, Texas, to Jimmy Lee and Gertrude Duncan Hill.

He served in the U.S. Army as Captain in the Corps of Engineers. He landed at Normandy D-Day Plus 3 with the assignment to build a fuel pipeline to supply General Patton’s tank battalion on its push to Berlin.

Mr. Hill was a salesman in the petroleum industry and a member of the Petroleum Club of America. He had been a member of the Elks Club and the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.

In 1991, he moved to Carson Valley from Clovis, N.M. He loved golfing and enjoyed fishing.

Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Bettie Hill of Minden; sons Michael Hill of Carson City and James Hill and his wife Theresa of San Diego, Calif.; daughter Margaret Blaemire and husband Roger of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; stepsons Robert L. Spiker of Carson City and William R. Spiker of San Jose, Calif.; sister Jean Collins of Baytown, Calif.; and grandchildren Brennan, Ryan, Christine and Jamie Hill, all of San Diego, Calif.

No services will be held per Mr. Hill’s wishes.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross or St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville.

Walton’s Chapel of the Valley in Carson City handled arrangements.

Gordon Whisler

Volunteer and coach;

loved all sports

Gordon M. Whisler, 67, died Oct. 10 at his Minden home.

A funeral service was held yesterday, Oct. 16, at St. Gall Catholic Church, with Father Bill Nadeau presiding. Burial followed at Eastside Memorial Cemetery in Minden.

Mr. Whisler was born Feb. 12, 1934, in Clarksburg, W.V., to Horace Allen and Mary Cook Whisler.

On Jan. 2, 1957, he and Janet M. Hornbrook were married in Lordsburg, N.M.

Mr. Whisler lived in Brea, Calif., before moving to Minden.

He had coached Bobby Sox when his children were young and was a volunteer at ComputerCorps in Carson City. He loved all sports, especially the Lakers and bowling, and he enjoyed eating all kinds of food. He adored his dog Mackey.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving Mr. Whisler are his wife Janet of Minden; sons Stephen E. Whisler of Corona, Calif.; daughters Karen R. Whisler of Anaheim, Calif., and Annette C. Baird and her husband Ron of Minden; sister Jeanne Call of Charleston, W.V.; and three grandsons and two granddaughters.

Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary in Minden handled arrangements.