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FEB. 8, 1935 -- APRIL 21, 2005

A memorial service will be held today for Thomas C. Hill, a onetime member of the U.S. national rifle team who later operated a dog boarding kennel with his wife in Getzville.

Mr. Hill died April 21 in Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Mo., after being stricken ill on a hunting and fishing trip in Dora, Mo. He was 70.

Mr. Hill was born and raised in Dora. He served in the Army in Hawaii from 1956 to 1959, winning awards for marksmanship. He made the national rifle team and met his wife, the former Marilyn Critelli, on a blind date during a team tour stop in Niagara Falls in 1959. They married in 1960. She died April 13, 2004.

The couple lived in Niagara Falls for a while after their marriage. Later, they moved to Getzville, where they operated a dog kennel. They moved to Gasport about three years ago and operated a fruit farm.

Survivors include a daughter, Sally Cutter of Gasport; a son, Thomas J. of Wheatfield; a brother, Sonny of Las Vegas, Nev.; four sisters, Dolores Tole, Priscilla Parks, Jackie Collins and Josephine Reed, all of Dora; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today in Lane Funeral Home, 8622 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.