Elmer Merle Hill of Baker City, Oregon, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 24, 2021, with his wife Sheila and his daughters Shelby and Kristen by his side.
Elmer was born July 30, 1958, to Don and Martha Hill in Baker City, Oregon. He grew up on the family farm on Old Wingville Road. Growing up on the farm taught Elmer from a young age what hard work really is. One of Elmer's first jobs was milking cows for Rohner's Dairy. He later went to work for Ellingson's Lumber Company, which led him to the woods as a timber faller for various logging companies. Logging was one of the first loves of his life, which only made his love for the mountains grow stronger.
Elmer met the true love of his life Sheila Treanor on New Year's Eve of 1990. The two quickly realized they never wanted to be apart and tied the knot on August 2, 1991. They wanted to start their family right away, and on September 9, 1992, they welcomed their first daughter Shelby into the world. A short two years later, on September 2, 1994, Kristen was welcomed to the family. Elmer's world and priorities were forever changed. His little girls had him wrapped around their fingers. In 1997 Elmer ended his career in logging to join Ash Grove Cement Company so that he could spend more time with his family. He worked there for the last 24 years.
Elmer loved the outdoors. His favorite things were hunting and fishing. He never missed a chance to take his girls with him. Archery hunting became a passion of his. He loved the challenge and the rush of calling in a big bull elk. He passed his love for hunting and fishing onto his girls, and countless memories were made.
Elmer and Sheila entered a new phase in their lives when they were blessed with grandchildren. A whole new love was found. His grandkids quickly became the center of his universe. From playing race cars with his grandsons to dress up with his granddaughters, he never could tell them no.
Elmer also had a strong love for the Lord. On April 26, 1995, he asked Jesus into his heart and learned the importance of teaching his children to know and love the Lord.
Elmer was a genuine, kind, reliable, and hard-working man who always put his family first. It is going to be very difficult for Sheila, Shelby, and Kristen to face their tomorrows without him.
He was preceded in death by his two infant daughters, Emily and Katie, and his parents Don and Martha Hill.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sheila, his daughters Shelby (Shane) Page of Norfolk, VA and Kristen (Tommy) Lein of Baker City, his grandsons Connor and Austin Page, granddaughters Jacquelyn and Danika Lein. Brother Larry (Lorrie) Hill sister Donna (Tom) Bunch all of Baker City, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Elmer's celebration of life will be held on Thursday September 30, 2021 at 11:30 am at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene. 1250 Hughes Ln, Baker City. Pastor Lenny Spooner will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a potluck reception at the Hill family ranch at 43126 Old Wingville Rd, Baker City, following the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel by mailing your check to 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.