Fredric I. Hiller (Ric), age 82, died Monday, February 7, 2022, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. Ric was born July 7,1939, the only child of Norman and Maerose Hiller. His childhood was spent growing up on Lake Michigan in Gary, Indiana.
Ric worked in the Gary, Indiana steel mills before entering Southwest Missouri State College where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. There he met his future wife, Kim, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1966. He entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant, and spent eleven years serving in Germany, Viet Nam, Maryland, Kentucky, and Michigan. After his military service, he enjoyed a 30 year career as the Equipment Division Chief for Arlington County. Ric contributed to modernizing the county's vehicle fleet, built a state-of-the-art vehicle maintenance facility, and consolidated with the Arlington School Board to maintain all vehicles and school buses. Ric served on many tasks forces and special commissions relating to the use of alternative fuel vehicles, earning a professional certificate from the Wharton School of Business in Fleet Maintenance. On September 11, 2001, Ric and many others were on site at the Pentagon assisting with emergency response efforts.
He retired in 2007, and lived the remainder of his life in Annandale, Virginia. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Kathryn (Kim), and two children, Kirsten Sorensen and Matt Hiller, and his son-law Bruce Sorensen, and grandson Trevor Sorensen, who all reside in Virginia.
A private family memorial celebration will be held in July, and he will be scheduled for inurnment in the Arlington Cemetery Columbarium at a date yet to be determined.
Ric will be forever remembered as a man of goodness and strength who knew his way around a backyard grill and a car engine. He loved dogs, cars, baseball and ice cream! He was a consummate gentleman who laughed easily and often, but primarily “Papa-G” will be remembered as an exceptionally steadfast family man devoted to his wife and children.
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