Gordon L. Hiller
February 15, 1926 – July 13, 2021. Born February 15. 1926 in Fairfield Twp. Montoursville RD, the son of Jacob and Rebecca Deitrick Hiller. Gordon grew up on the family farm, graduated Montoursville High School, 1944. He was president of the local chapter of Future Farmers of America and continued his agriculture interest after his marriage to Mary Gill from Selinsgrove April 20, 1946, as the Resident Manager of the Brock Farm School of Agriculture, Williamsport Technical Institute.
In 1952, he and Mary tenant-farmed in the Muncy area until 1959 when they purchased their family farm in Eldred Twp. Which they named MARGOR MANNER. The general farming operation included a small campground and Farm Vacation for city visitors.
As a steward of the land, Gordon developed a keen interest in conservation of natural resource practices which he diligently applied to any lands he owned or leased. In 1956 he was instrumental in persuading the Lycoming County Commissioners to declare a Conservation District for Lycoming County. The commissioners then appointed him a District Director for 12 years, 11 as chair of the board. In 1967 he accepted a full-time position with the State Conservation Commission as a Field Representative for 17 north central PA counties. In 1980 he was promoted and re-located to Harrisburg as a program Specialist, responsible for training, permitting and enforcement of Erosion Control provisions of the Pa. Clean Streams Law. He returned to Williamsport from Perry Co. in 1986, having been appointed Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Depart. Of Agriculture, by Gov. Dick Thornburg, retiring in 1988 with 20 years of public service to agriculture and natural resource programs in Pa.
His lifetime service include membership on boards of directors of Montoursville Area School District, Lycoming Mutual Insurance Co., Eldred and Old Lycoming Twp. Planning Commissions, Pa. Association District Directors, Ag Awareness Foundation of Pa., (sponsor of the Ag. In The Classroom Program). He was chair of the Pa. DER Ag. Advisory Board, Director of the Penn State Ag. Advisory Board, Overseer of the University of Pa. Veterinary School at New Bolton, two three-year terms as Trustee of Penn State University, chair of the endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council and a director of Lycoming Co. Conservation District. He has also been an active supporter and organizer of Farm-City Events in Lycoming Co.
Gordon has been a devout Christian throughout his life and served on Church Boards where he held memberships. Since 1986 his membership at Heshbon Park United Methodist has placed him as a Lay Leader and chair of the Administrative Council. He served as chair of Heshbon Chapter of Lycoming Senior Citizens. Gordon became a Master Mason at Eureka #335 in Montoursville in 1963 and the Scottish Rite Consistory, Valley of Williamsport and Williamsport Kiwanis Club.
He has been a member of the Grange since 1942, serving in various offices including Master (president) of West Branch Grange, Bottle Run Grange, Lycoming Co., Shermanata Grange, Perry Co. He was elected Lycoming Pomona Grange master in 1991 and again 1997, and Pa. State Grange Master 1992-1996. He held numerous positions in the State and National Grange and President of the Pa. Grange Service Corp. Among the many awards and citations, the most recent and prestigious is the Williamsport Chapter of DAR Meritorious Conservation Award in December 2001.
Preceded in death by his wife Mary, surviving are his natural daughters, Constance, (Paul) Missall of Williston, Fla.: Kathy (Gary) Clees of Pennsdale, Pa.: Karla (Richard) Dass of Williston, Fla.: Vickie Reed of Williston, Fla.: along with foster sons Dorland Hanford and Gary Yaw of Williamsport, PA: Russell Hetrick (Linda) Turbotville, Pa. and foster daughters, Shelia Bucher, Robesonia, Pa. and Helen Collins of Williamsport, plus 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grands.
A Memorial Service will be held in September 2021 at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church. Announcements will be forthcoming via Williamsport Sun Gazette Obituary and Facebook.