You are the reason I am Rebekah. You helped shape and molded me to the strong and independent women that I am today. You lead by example, how to care for others no matter what. You truly are the only man I know that would give the shirt off your back to a complete stranger and say “we will settle up later” and never see that come to fruition, but you didn’t care because that’s just the way you were.
You taught me so many things, like how to drive a manual transmission. You would have me drive you home, even when I was wasn’t old enough to have my permit, again you didn’t care, it was about the life lessons. You would always say “if you can drive this, you can drive anything”. I learned how to drive by driving your customers cars in and out of the shop, I don’t think they new that but oh well, I never hit anything. You taught me how to be a “grease monkey” and I have to say it paid off, I attracted my most amazing husband because of it!!! I am so grateful that Tim got to be a part of your life. You had so much trust in him.
You thought me how to love this land and my surroundings, and to never take it for granted. You taught me that fishing wasn’t called “catching fish”, because so many times we would go to the lake and catch nothing but that didn’t matter because I was with my HERO. You taught me how to shoot a gun and were always so impressed with the how I acted in the woods, weather I really did well or not I’m still not sure. You taught me how to ride an ATV/snow machine, and to work on them. I think we spent more time working on them then we did riding. You taught me how to find treasure in the smallest of things. You were always finding a new adventure for us.
You taught me how to work hard, and to be thankful for what I have. Life wasn’t about riches and gold, although you loved to look for gold.
You had the most amazing ability to tell stories, up until recently I really didn’t think most of them were true, until I saw a pic of the seal pup you had., I mean who really has a wild seal pup as a pet. But as it turns out that story was true. Sorry I ever doubted you. I wanted to become a diver because of all the amazing stories you told. I remember the first time I had the chance to dive, I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. You were so proud. You put that sense of adventure in my blood, and I cant wait to accomplish even a third of the things you were able to in your life. You did more things in your life than most people can dream of.
What saddens me the most is that my beautiful boys didn’t get the privilege to meet the amazing man that you were. I pray I will be able to teach them and shape them into to men you would be proud of. You are always in my thoughts and will truly be missed.
I love you Dad!!
Oh and Shirley, take care of him for me cause I know your next to him.
Your Indian Princess
Emmitt Lee Hill Sr. past away on November 17, 2012 in Dixon MT. An obituary and service details will be coming soon.