E. Howard Hillis died at his home in Madras, Thursday, June 9, 2005, of natural causes, at the age of 95. A remembrance service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, at the Madras United Methodist Church.
Mr. Hillis was born July 3, 1910, in Falls City, Ore., to the Rev. Earnest Ward and Ruth (Coffee) Hillis. He grew up in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington, but lived a number of years in Redmond, Terrebonne, Tumalo and Madras.
He worked on the Hillsboro Argus for nearly 30 years, served in the Pacific, with the U.S. Navy during World War II, and graduated from Pacific University in 1947.
On May 30, 1946, he married Dorothy McKern; they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last month.
In 1948, he moved to Madras and taught English, journalism, speech and psychology until his retirement in January of 1975.
Mr. Hillis is survived by his wife Dorothy; a brother, Richard, of Pahrump, Ariz.; a sister, Dawn Clutter, of Newton Falls, Ohio; children Stephen Hillis, Laura Lee Samples and Kathleen Hillis of Madras, and Barron and Cynthia Hillis of Portland; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Martin, one sister, Florence, and one granddaughter, Lori Gean Griffin.
Mr. Hillis enjoyed building, gardening, genealogy and writing. He wrote and published his father's, mother's, and mother-in-law's genealogy, and published a book of his mother's poetry.
As a journalism teacher, he advised the award-winning high school newspaper, the White Buffalo, created the Pied Typers Club, and was a longtime member of Toast Masters.
He built his family a home in Madras, next door to the house where he lived from 1912 to 1913.
Contributions may be made to the University of Oregon School of Journalism (code #326211), or to the Jefferson County Library.