Robert “Bob” Allen Hill, 73, passed away at home in Yakima in the early morning hours on Friday, May 8, 2009, with his wife, Betty (Durey) Hill, and his good friend by his side. Bob was born July 5, 1935, in Zillah, WA, to Robert G. and Caroline (Nelson) Hill. The family moved to Yakima soon after. He graduated from Yakima High School. Bob served in the United States Air Force for nearly six and a half years and was stationed at Strategic Air Command in Nebraska. This is where his love for aviation and art combined, and his reputation as an aviation artist grew. He was awarded a permanent Professor of Arts at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, in 1989. Bob worked as a director of art for an agency in Spokane for a number of years. He moved back to Yakima to be near his family and began working as an art instructor at J.M.Perry Technical Institute,
where he taught automotive graphics, then graphic arts for over 20 years. He retired in 2003.
Bob had numerous accomplishments and interests. He was a nationally renowned aviation artist and his auto graphics have appeared in numerous magazines. He and Betty enjoyed many activities throughout the years, including friends, entertaining, fishing, camping, bird watching, and riding (flying) ATV's. He also enjoyed car races, building models, rebuilding cars, and participating in car shows. Bob was a founding father of Vintiques Car Club and won numerous awards for his cars. Bob had a great love for life and saw beauty in everything. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched and his art will always be a reminder of his great talent and skill.