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A memorial service to celebrate and remember the life of William Mark Hill will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rick Matson officiating.

Howard County native Mark Hill died April 17, 2014, at University Hospital in Columbia after an illness of approximately four months. He was 58 and had suffered from a blood disorder.

His career spanned nearly four decades, serving both in the military and as a public official. A Democrat, Hill held the office of Howard County Clerk for more than 13 years. First elected in 1994, he was re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Born on Sept. 9, 1955, Mark was a graduate of both Fayette High School and Central Methodist University (1977) and also held a master’s degree from Webster University in St. Louis. Before winning his first election, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves, attaining the rank of captain. After leaving office early in 2008, Hill returned to active duty and had been deployed to both Afghanistan and Honduras. While preparing to return to Honduras early this year, he fell ill and was treated at a veteran’s hospital. Initially he showed signs of recovery but later relapsed. He had served more than 26 years in the Reserves.

Mark was a respected member of the Hilldale community in southeast Howard County near Rocheport where he’d lived his entire life. He had compiled a wealth of knowledge about Missouri history and politics (especially pertaining to the Boonslick area) and often recounted colorful stories from years gone by. In the area near his farm home, he was instrumental in restoring and maintaining the historic Union School, one of the county’s last surviving one-room school houses, in addition to restoring Big Springs located not far from the school. He also purchased and restored one of the county’s last wooden bridges which had been taken out of service in 2008. Hill was a lifelong member of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his mother, Diana of the Hilldale Community, and a brother, Robert Hill, of Alexandria, Va., in addition to a niece. His father, Archie Hill, a well-known Howard County farmer and officeholder, died in 1983.

Memorials are suggested to the Smith Chapel Cemetery in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Hwy 5 & 240 N, Fayette, Mo. 65248.

Directions to Smith Chapel (925 HoCo Road 416): From Fayette, take Hwy. 124 to Rt. A. Proceed south on Rt. A and bear left on Rt. CC. From CC turn right on HoCo Road 415, then left on 416 to the church.

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