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January 1, 2020 - August 10, 2020
Funeral Home Russon Mortuary Bountiful
Our beloved husband, father, son, and brother, Kenneth (Kenny) Lynn Hills passed away unexpectedly at his home in Vancouver, Washington on August 10, 2020.
Kenny was born on January 11, 1970, in Murray, UT to Rosemary DiLauro and Kenneth Hills, Jr.
Throughout his life, Kenny was known for his generous heart, a deep love for family and animals (especially dogs), his sharp wit, and great sense of humor.
Kenny spent most of his life in Utah. After his dad moved to Hawaii in 1980, he would frequently travel back to the islands to spend time with his father, stepmother, Melody, and his step-siblings.
Kenny loved his family there, and the time that he was able to spend with them. He always considered Hawaii his home and would frequently talk about moving back to the islands.
In his younger years, Kenny was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting & fishing with his dad, surfing, and riding dirt bikes.
Kenny was very athletic, especially in his high school years. He played high school football and also enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, bowling, and was skilled in archery.
In his 20’s, Kenny owned and maintained several race cars, and competed in the Bonneville stock car racing circuit.
Through his love of racing, Kenny became an expert auto mechanic, which was a skill he was renowned for throughout his life.
Kenny owned and built countless motorcycles through the years, including his dad’s 1976 Harley-Davidson Softail.
He was a devout Chevy man, and would frequently reminisce about the days of cruising State Street & picking up “babes” in his blue 1989 Camaro Z28 convertible.
On July 8, 2000, he married Nicole (Niki) Craven. Together they had one daughter, Chloe, who was the light of his life.
Kenny was a lifelong sports fan, a passion that he loved sharing with Chloe.
Kenny loved rooting for the University of Utah, The Utah Jazz, and The Raiders. He also loved watching racing, especially NASCAR.
Dale Earnhardt was Kenny’s all-time favorite driver, and he was an avid collector of Earnhardt memorabilia.
Kenny loved taking Chloe to Jazz games, and to meet-and-greets with the players and coaches; including the late-great, Jerry Sloan for her 16th birthday.
Following their move to Vancouver, Washington in 2015, Kenny and Chloe continued their tradition, and he took her to several Jazz vs. Blazers games at the Moda Center in Portland.
Kenny cherished every moment he was able to spend with Chloe. He loved attending Chloe’s school programs, and never missed a single one.
He also loved to take her bowling, going to movies, and going out to eat with their family.
Music was another lifelong passion & talent of Kenny’s. One could often find him playing his guitar and singing. In his early years, he was a huge fan of KISS, and his current favorite band was Shinedown.
Kenny enjoyed going to various rock concerts throughout the years with his wife Niki.
Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth, grandparents, Rocco and Virginia DiLauro and Kenneth and Shirley Hills, his Uncle Frank and Aunt Carolyn. He is survived by his mother, Rosemary, wife, Niki, daughter, Chloe, sisters Holly (David) Fail, Kristine (Jeff) Huff, Laurie Gibler, brother Ty (Lara) Warren, seven aunts & uncles, and eleven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 1:00PM at the Russon Brothers Mortuary located at 295 North Main St. in Bountiful, Utah.
Friends and family may call at the mortuary Saturday two hours prior to the service. Masks are required due to COVID restrictions.
For those who cannot attend in person, the service will live-streamed via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com russonbrothersmortuary.