Ray Vorhees Hill, age 92, formerly of La Cañada and San Benito, died Friday, Nov. 13 at Shoreline Care Center in Oxnard, Calif. He was born March 2, 1918 on his parents’ Colorado homestead, the son of Bertram and Harriet Hill (Vorhees). In 1920 the family moved to San Benito, Texas where Bertram opened a market in the center of town. Ray grew up in the market and learned to be a butcher.
He met Evelyn Weikel at a dance in Corpus Christi. They were married there in 1939.
Ray joined the Army in 1942. He was stationed in Tampa and Iceland, where he was attached to the Air Corp as a mess Sergeant.
After the war, Ray and Evelyn moved to Redondo Beach, Calif. where their daughter was born. They moved to La Cañada in 1950, living first on Salisbury Court and then on Wiladonda Drive. They joined La Cañada Presbyterian Church. Ray served as an elder and was active in Cruisers. He was a Mason and served as president of the local chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship. He volunteered at Verdugo Hills Hospital for 20 years.
He could have been an engineer. He could design and build anything from found materials. He never threw anything away. He will be remembered for his quiet wisdom, calm demeanor, and the ever-present twinkle in his eye.
He is survived by Evelyn Weikel Hill, his wife of 70 years; daughter Terri Leah Hill; and his sister Alice Katherine Hill of San Benito, Texas.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21 at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Fund.