Obit -- Hille

John “Jack” Hille

John M. “Jack” Hille, 70, of Dieterich, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at his home with family and friends by his side.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dieterich. Burial will be in Dieterich Cemetery in Dieterich, with military rites. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church.

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Jack was born on December 31, 1947, in Effingham, the son of the late George and Velma (Buchanan) Hille. He attended Effingham High School. He joined the Army in 1965. He served in Vietnam, where he received the Purple Heart.

He married the love of his life, Phyllis Bannick, on July 10, 1982, in Elliottstown. Jack retired after 38 years as a heavy equipment operator for the City of Effingham. He was a lifetime member of the DAV and VFW in Effingham. He loved to hunt and ride his Harley, but his family and friends were the most important to him. Spoiling his grandchildren is what he did best.

Jack is survived by his wife, Phyllis Hille, of Dieterich; son, John (Rhianna) Bannick, of Dieterich; grandchildren, Tyler Meyocks, of Mt. Vernon; Madison Bannick, of Dieterich; and Hunter Bannick, of Dieterich; brother, Robert Hille, of Effingham; brother-in-law, Terry (April) Bannick, of Dieterich; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Gaylord and Viola Bannick; brother, Donald Hille; and brother-in-law, Gaylord Bannick Jr.