Ramon J. Hill, 85, a longtime area resident, died in his Roswell home Monday, April 30.
The son of John and Ida Hill, he was born and raised in New Athens, Ill., graduating high school there in 1944.
Mr. Hill first came to Roswell 1945, when he was stationed at Walker Air Force Base.
His career as a decorated high school athlete translated to similar success on the sports teams at Walker. Mr. Hill starred on base-sponsored baseball and basketball squads that competed in tournaments throughout the region. He also played a key role on an Air Force All-Star basketball team that toured the Southwest and West Coast.