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Arthur Hill

Arthur James Hill

Thursday, February 1, 1945 - Saturday, April 11, 2020
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Obituary

Arthur J Hill, 75, a resident of Mohawk passed away after a brief illness, on Saturday April 11, 2020 at UP Health System- Marquette.
He was born on February 1, 1945 in Skanee to John and Aino (Olkkonen) Hill.
He attended L’Anse and Berkley High Schools and graduated with the Class of 1963. After high school Arthur went to work for Ford Motor Company as a draftsman and later was an illustrator drawing futuristic cars. He was the co-inventor of the safety ignition lock and latch mechanism for 1975 model cars. He enlisted with the United States Army in 1966 and served in the Vietnam War as a Public Information Office Photographer and Battalion Artist & Draftsman. He was honorably discharged in 1969. After serving with the US Army, he moved to California and started work at TRW designing satellites and space ships. Years later he changed directions and went to Art Center College of Design to further develop his advertising career. After school he landed a job as Art Director at Ogilvy & Mather. At Ogilvy he worked on Mattel Toys and designed the Barbie campaigns for years, as well as Woodsy Owl. He worked in Los Angeles for a few years and then became a freelance Illustrator and Art Director. As an Art Director and Illustrator for over 20 years, he designed an attraction for Universal City Florida and was the main illustrator for Honda and Kawasaki Motorcycles. Art also spent a few years with Evans, Hardy & Young in Santa Barbara as a Creative Director, where he worked on Triumph Motorcycles and Idaho Potato Company.
For the last 10 years, Arthur was an art instructor at Finlandia University, which gave him immense joy.
Art loved motorcycles and shared his art with that community his whole life. He designed artwork for Abate of California & Oregon and also was one of the original group that started the Annual MDA Charity Motorcycle Event LOVE RIDE. He designed the artwork for the event for more than 15 years.
He enjoyed working on his motorcycles and antique cars. Designing, rebuilding and tinkering was what Arthur loved to spend his time doing. He adored being in the kitchen, collecting and perusing through recipe books, acquiring kitchen gadgets, and whipping up something delicious. He loved to travel, whether it be to a sunny beach or simply to Lambeau Field for a Green Bay Packers game.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Aino Hill, and his brothers, Karl Hill M.D., and John Hill.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Becca (Travis) Marsh of Oregon, his grandson, Bodhi James Marsh who was born on April 12, 2020, his best friend and person, Valerie Butkovich, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Per Art’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com
The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Laurie

Posted at 04:45pm
Becca, Travis, and sweet little Bodhi,
I cannot begin to imagine what the past month has been like for all of you, but you have handled it with such grace. Becca, I cannot imagine what it is like to lose your Daddy as I am blessed to still have mine. But I am sure that you feel as though life will never be quite the same. Your Daddy made sure that little Bodhi arrived when he did to keep your mind occupied and to soften the pain. I remember meeting your father at your college graduation and I knew there was a special “Daddy- daughter” bond. I know you will keep his memory alive by sharing all your wonderful stories with Bodhi so he will always know what a special man his grandfather was.
xoxoxo Love to all of you. Laurie
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Jackie Redmond

Posted at 03:47pm
I met Arthur in Santa Barbara in 1980 or 1983. He and I remained friends and stayed in touch with each other up until the time he relocated to Michigan. I will always remember him as a warm, caring, loving, artistic colorful individual. He will be sorely missed by family and friends. I will be looking for that canvas in the sky. Jackie Redmond.
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Nicole Bitar

Posted at 11:30pm
I can’t believe you are no longer on this earth. You have always been one of my favorite people. So many wonderful memories.
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