James ‘Jim’ D. Hill
James ‘Jim’ D. Hill
FAIRMONT — Mass of Christian Burial for James “Jim” D. Hill, 71, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Fairmont. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Lakeview Funeral Home, with a rosary prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday.
Jim passed away peacefully on Monday morning at his home in Fairmont after a long battle with cancer. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service is handling the arrangements for the family.
James Dillard Hill was born June 26, 1945, in El Dorado, Kan., the 10th child in a family of 12. He was the son of Fredrick and Sarah (Martindale). He attended school at Leon Public School in Leon, Kan. and St. John Catholic School in El Dorado, Kan. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1960, and was stationed in Okinawa and later in California.
After the service, he worked in a variety of different jobs. His longest tenure was in the retail business. Jim was united in marriage to Delores Meyer April 9, 1966, at the Methodist Church in Dodge City, Kan. This union was blessed with two children. He came to Fairmont from Kansas in 1974, working as a district manager with Gibson Discount Centers, the company he worked at for over eight years. He left Gibson’s in 1976 and worked for Swisher Sports Equipment in Estherville, Iowa, and later for the Wausau Homes dealer in Fairmont.
After receiving an annulment for his first marriage, Jim was united in Holy Matrimony to Julie Bulfer on Feb. 24, 1979, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont, Minn. This union was blessed with four children. Jim worked at Weigh-Tronix until 1982, when he started his own business called Jim Hill High Pressure Washers, which later changed to Ag-Industrial Inc. and, for 33 years, served the area around Fairmont. In 1988, he added JIM Mfg Inc., partnering with Jim Shell, building the Vader I Mobile Brush Wash, a product he sold worldwide for the next 27 years.
In 1997, the family moved to Hardy, Ark., to live in a Christian, Catholic neighborhood for additional spiritual support to live out their Christian ideals and lifestyle.
With their last child in college and aging parents in Fairmont, Jim and Julie decided to move back to the area in 2010. He continued to manage Ag-Industrial Inc., J & J Rental, and JIM Mfg., Inc.
Jim was a cradle Catholic and was an active member of St John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont and St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Cherokee Village, Ark. He served as a lector, extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, and visited the elderly in the nursing homes for some 40 years. He would take his kids with him, ages one year old until teenagers and the residents loved it. Jim experienced a wonderful deep conversion in his faith and came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and was baptized in the Holy Spirit through the teaching at a Life in the Spirit seminar. Through this infilling of the Holy Spirit, the Word (the bible) came alive and personal and gave Jim the power to share this new found faith with others for the rest of his life. He also at times taught in the RCIA for adults coming into the church and the youth faith formation program as well, led prayer groups and bible studies over the years. He loved Jesus and His church and loved to share the faith with others.
Jim was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Cursillo, Heritage Acres, was a promoter couple for the Couple to Couple League (NFP) and served on the Options Pregnancy Center board for a few years. Jim enjoyed his hobby farm, working with horses, gardening, and fixing things up. The family was also a member of the Rolling Green 4-H club. He had a strong “can do” attitude and would rarely give up when a challenge presented itself.
Those who will honor and cherish his memory include his wife, Julie, and his six children: Jason Hill (Tami) of Wisconsin, and his children: Jesse (Jodi), Natasha, Dominic; Erin Hill (Jodi) and his daughter, Isabelle; Sarah Lyttle (Micha) of South Carolina; Johannah Oberbeck (Justin) of Arkansas, and her children Damien, Shawn, Sylvia, Regina, Aiden, and Susanna; David Hill (Shawna) of Fairmont, and his children Bella, Lili, Simon, Elijah and Julia; and Carolyn Hill of Colorado. This is a total of 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Charli. (Jesse and Jodi); brother, Sam Hill (Kathy) of California; sisters: Rosalie Hatfield (Dan), Virginia West, and Sue Hill all of Kansas; mother-in law, Clara Bulfer; brothers and sisters in law: David Bulfer (Sandy), Deb Pope (Jim), and Jerry Bulfer (Deb) of Fairmont.
Along with his parents, Jim was preceded in death by brothers: Ray Hill and Jerry Hill; sister, Cheryl Steward; three infant siblings and a 3-year-old sister Dorene; brother-in-law, Bob West; and father-in-law, Donald Bulfer.
Memorials may be made to the SJV School Endowment Fund or Options Pregnancy Center.