Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Carroll "Speedy" Hill Passes

I apologize for the delay, I just learned of this today.

From the Family of Carroll Hill:

We are saddened to report that Carroll L “Speedy” Hill has passed away. Speedy dedicated his life to ensuring the safety and well being of racers and race fans throughout the Midwest for over 50 years. He will be greatly missed.

Viewing will be Saturday March 29th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home located at 5701 Center Street in Omaha. All are welcome.

Funeral services will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Sunday March 30th at 2:00pm with internment to follow at Westlawn Cemetery. There will be a luncheon at the church following graveside service. The church is located at 60th and Walnut Street in Omaha. Service is open to anyone who would like to pay their respects.

Special Request From the Speedy Himself

Those of you who knew Speed know that he was not a "suit and tie" type of guy. Speedy’s favorite clothing was his Nomex fire suit and a pair of extrication gloves. He was in his element and at his happiest when working a racetrack, a fire scene, or similar form of public service. He made it quite clear before his passing that he did not want to peek out from his casket and see a crowd of people wearing suits and ties while shedding tears over his passing.

What Speed wanted was for everyone to wear the attire they normally would be in during a normal interaction with him. Racers should wear their driver’s suits, firefighters should wear their fire gear, track officials should wear their official’s uniform, law enforcement, tow crews, medical crews, etc. should wear their respective uniform. If you don’t have a uniform, casual dress is fine.

Speed loved machinery of all types – fire trucks (his favorite, of course), ambulances, tow trucks, race cars, police cruisers, aircraft, etc. He wanted his funeral procession to include as many of the above as possible. If you have access to anything of this nature, by all means bring it and help send Speedy to his final resting place with a show of warning lights and horsepower! The neighbors may not approve - Speedy would LOVE it.

Speed wanted the many good friends and valued aquaintances he had made over his lifetime to come together for one last story swapping session and celebration. A time of joy rather than sadness. Everyone who wishes to do so is welcome to join us in a final celebration of Speed’s life.

The Hill Family


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