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Harold Maxwell Hill

April 19, 1921 - July 4, 2015

Harold Maxwell Hill, 94, Altoona, passed away Saturday at Amber Terrace at Altoona Center for Nursing Care.

He was born in Juniata, son of the late Charles and Nora (Ewing) Hill. He married Winifred Norris on Jan. 1, 1942, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 2014.

Surviving are three daughters: Wanda Cramer of Charleston, S.C., and Maxine Ricker and Cathy Zeak, both of Altoona; a son, Edwin of Altoona; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Diana Mae.

Harold was a 1939 graduate of Altoona High School and served in the U.S. Army in Panama during WWII. He retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he had been an electrician. He was the oldest member of Fairview United Methodist Church, and one of his last responsibilities had been to visit the church members living in nursing homes.

Harold was a former amateur radio operator and model railroad enthusiast. He loved cats and had several faithful feline companions in his lifetime; he was always teased about having catnip in his blood. He was a quiet man with a good sense of humor and quick wit. He had an appreciation and love for music that defeated even Alzheimer's disease. When he was losing his way with remembering people and places, he could remember song titles and what instruments were being played. His last days were spent surrounded with the music he loved best. Now his music is stilled forever, but his song will live in the hearts of those who loved him.

Arrangements will be private at the request of the family by Leslie E. Axe Funeral Home, 1520 Fourth St., Altoona.

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