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Frank Lee Hill

October 7, 1936 — February 2, 2022

Frank Lee Hill, 85, of French Lick, Indiana entered into eternal rest on February 2nd, 2022 at IU Health Paoli.

He was born in Ashland, Kentucky on October 7th, 1936 to Emory Ammon and Elizabeth Ruby (Brainard) Hill.

Frank married Anita Jane Bowman on June 19th, 1954 and she preceded him in death on December 24th, 1998.

He was also preceded in death by his Parents; (1) Daughter – Cheryl Loyd; Grandson – Frank Clarke; 

Infant Grandson – Benjamin Brian Weeks; Infant Great-Grandson – Tucker Anthony Troyer and Son-In-Law – James A. Stroud. 

Frank proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1973 as a Chief Petty Officer and during his 20-year Naval career he served on the USS Spangler destroyer from 1954-1956, USS Angler submarine from 1956-1960,USS Tigrone submarine from 1963-1966, USS Piper submarine from 1966-1967, USS Cobbler submarine in 1967, USS Jallao submarine from 1967-1968, USS Entemedor submarine from 1968-1970, and the USS Carp submarine from 1970-1971 which was the last diesel submarine before they were decommissioned.

Following his retirement from the United States Navy, Frank worked for International Paper where he retired after 20 years.

He was a member of the French Lick American Legion Post 76, Sub Vets (lifetime member), Holland Club (lifetime member) and FRA (lifetime member).

Frank Hill spent his life joking, pranking, and trying to make people smile.  He was the kind of man that entered a room and filled it with his voice, his laughter and his presence.  He never met a stranger and left an unforgettable impression wherever he went. He was a patriot who loved his family, whitewater canoeing, animals, nature and the United States Navy.  Frank never wanted people to fuss over him or to be sad.  He opted for a graveside service because he wanted people to remember his adventurous, vibrant life and not focus on his passing.  The family asks that if you would like to honor Frank, you raise a glass and toast his life and the man he was, plant a tree or a rose bush, donate to your local animal shelter or donate to the American Cancer Society. 

He and his one true love and bride, Anita Jane, left a lasting legacy of surviving family including:

(3) Daughters Anita Diane Stroud of Paoli, Indiana

Janet Hawkins (Chip) of Barrington, New Hampshire

Donna Patton (Michael) of Paoli, Indiana

(1) Brother David Hill of Sommerville, South Carolina 

(9) Grandchildren - Wenona Fosselman of Paoli, Indiana; Dwayn Stroud of Paoli, Indiana; Janette Cyr of Lyman, Maine; John Clarke of Rochester, New Hampshire; Tia Boyle of Rochester, New Hampshire; Lindsey Stengele of Rochester, New Hampshire; Sarah Troyer of Salem, Indiana; Christopher Rudolph of Paoli, Indiana and Gabrielle Patton of Paoli, Indiana.

(17) Great-Grandchildren and Step-Grandchildren

(1) Step Great-Great-Grandchild and (1) Great-Great-Grandchild on the way.


A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Woodland Cemetery in Ironton, Ohio.

Military Graveside Rites will be accorded.



Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Homes, 9640 W. State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – 


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Friday, February 18, 2022

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