John Kenneth Hill

May 10, 1942 - Dec 3, 2019


John Kenneth Hill was born in Buffalo, NY on May 10, 1942 to John and Mildred L. (Humphrey) Hill. He was “Kenny” to his Buffalo family and friends. He graduated from Bennett High School.

John worked for the Buffalo Courier Express, delivering newspapers when he was a preteen. Later, he delivered groceries on a bicycle. After serving as a waiter in an exclusive Country Club, John was hired as a chauffeur for a prominent Buffalo attorney. While chauffeuring, he was often pulled over by the police who thought he was too young to drive.

After joining the United States Air Force in 1964, John met and married the love of his life, Beverly Jackson. During his career in the Air Force, he was stationed in several U.S. states as well as France, England, Thailand, and Japan. Jon was a Vietnam War Veteran and served 23 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1987. He was awarded several medals and ribbons for his service. Not one to be idle, John was employed by the U.S. Post office, retiring after 17 years. He then worked part time for Walmart.

John was a family man, spending quality time with his children and grandchildren. He spent many hours in his garage repairing cars for family members and friends. This is where he also watched and cheered on his favorite football team, the Buffalo Bills. He loved listening to Jazz and was a keyboardist in his neighborhood Jazz Band.

He was a member of Harmony Lodge #61 of Prince Hall California Masons and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post 4667.

John leaves to mourn: his devoted wife, Beverly; 3 daughters, Jajuan, Chantel (Jaron) Butler, and Katina; daughter-in-law, Masami; grandchildren, Naomi, Davon, Brandon, Anthony, Trevor, Brea, and Jaden; sisters, Shirley Brown and Ernestine Moody; aunt, Barbara Archibald; father-in-law, Christopher (Juanita) Willie; 8 sisters-in-law; 2 brothers-in-law; special friend, De’Andre Mallory, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

John was predeceased by his only son, Nevell Anthony (Tony) Hill and John’s brothers, Jeffery C. Hill and Carlton M. Hill.

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