OBITUARY: Vietnam War Veteran Kenneth Ashton Hill, 71, of Indian Harbour Beach, Passed Away

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His dedicated career included 37 years' experience in construction engineering-administration

Kenneth Ashton Hill, 71, born March 28, 1949, passed away unexpectedly at his home on August 15, 2020.

BREVARD COUNTY • INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLORIDA – Kenneth Ashton Hill, 71, born March 28, 1949, passed away unexpectedly at his home on August 15, 2020.

His dedicated career included 37 years’ experience in construction engineering-administration, and construction materials testing.

Early in his career, he spent 18 months in Saudi Arabia in Quality Assurance overseeing materials testing and construction inspection.

Upon returning to the United States, he worked with Rinker Materials Corporation as a Quality Control Coordinator for six ready-mix concrete plants in Brevard County, Florida. He left Rinker and in 1988 pursued a career in Construction Engineering & Inspection.

He retired in July 2016 as an Estimates Coordinator with HNTB for the Florida Turnpike Enterprise after 18 ½ proud years with the company.

He was a proud member of the United States Air Force from April 12, 1968 to January 22, 1972. He served in the Vietnam War as a Morse Code operator in Danang, Vietnam.

He was hand selected for his ranked excellence in Morse code decryption and was part of the rapid response security team on the military base.

He was later stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where spent his free-time teaching high school graduates English in their preparation for college. He respected and admired different culture and peoples he interacted with throughout the world.

Shortly after his father’s passing, he became a Freemason and went on to become a third-degree Master Mason and in 2005 an Azan Shriner. He was a member of the Eastside Masonic Lodge #382 in Lakeland, FL.

Ken is survived by his beloved wife, Sally Gay Ballard Hill, daughter, Madison Hill, son, Michael Hill, brother Keith Hill and his wife Vickie, sister Dorothy Turpin and her husband Blane, numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved Manchester Chihuahua, Beamer.

Ken was a distinguished world traveler, loved dancing, and never met a stranger.

Ken loved and lived by this quote that is displayed in his home “What we do in life echoes in eternity”.

A Memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020, from 3-4 p.m, with a Celebration of life to begin at 4 pm, at Beach Funeral Home-East, Indian Harbour Beach, FL.

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