Lowell "Dean" Hills, 65, of Ankeny, died Friday, June 14, 2013 at the VA Hospital in Des Moines. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Ankeny Funeral Home with burial at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery to follow. A visitation of friends will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5-7 PM.
Dean was the son of Lowell and Bernadine Mullins Hills; born on October 25, 1947 in Storm Lake, Iowa. He graduated from Aurelia High School in 1965 and attended Des Moines Area Community College for a while. Dean served in the US Navy as an air traffic controller from 1967 until 1974. He married Margaret Simmons in July 1967 and they later divorced.
Dean worked in store management with Quick Trip before beginning a career as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell and US West. He finished his career in fraud management with Sprint. Dean was a member of the Altoona American Legion Post 682, the Aurelia American Legion Post 390, and the Telephone Pioneers and was a proud contributor to the March of Dimes.
Dean is survived by his mother, Bernadine, of Johnston; son Jason and his children, Alexander and Javan, of Ankeny; a brother Tim Hills of Greenfield, Ind.; a sister Mary Lou (Greg) Benberg of Johnston; nieces Angela (Ryan) Young of Johnston and Nicole (Brian) Sletten of Monticello, MN and nephews Shawn (Jodi) Benberg of Grimes, Chad (Jessica) Hills of Elk River, MN and T.J. (Tina) Hills of Ft. Belvore, VA.
As a show of sympathy, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Altoona American Legion Post 682, 201 1st Avenue South, Altoona, IA 50009 in Dean's memory.