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Daniel D. Hill of Des Plaines for over 50 years Daniel David Hill, age 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, September 20, 2013, at his daughter's home in Elgin. Born on July 27, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Earl and Mildred (Mohrhardt) Miller, he graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1942 and joined the Marines shortly afterward. A proud member of Marine Bombing Squadron VMB 611, he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he married the love of his life, Eva (nee Kaufman) on July 12, 1950. Four years later, he received a master's degree from the University of Michigan and began his teaching career in Port Huron, Michigan. In 1962, he, his wife and children moved to Des Plaines, Illinois, where he taught US history and coached varsity tennis at Niles West High School until his retirement in 1991. Daniel's passion for American history extended beyond the classroom; the events of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars took the place of typical bedtime stories for his children who learned the preamble to the Constitution along with the Lord's Prayer. He was active in his church, serving as usher at the First Congregational Church in Des Plaines for 50 years and one of the founding members of Boy Scout Troop 160; continuing his connection with Boy Scouts through reunions at Thunderbird and St. …

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