Published On: Wed, Mar 23rd, 2011

Obituary – Gerald F. Hish

Gerald F. Hish

WOODLAND, Wash. — Gerald F. Hish, 84, died at his home in Woodland, Wash., March 19, 2011.
Woodland Funeral Home, Woodland, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.


Gerald was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Hartington, to Joseph M. Hish and Rose (Miller) Hish. He grew up in the area and attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1944. While in high school, he was a four-year varsity basketball letterman. Upon graduating, he played “B” and triple “A” baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers Farm Team before enlisting in the U. S. Navy. Upon his discharge in 1947, he enrolled at Wayne State College. He married Mildred “Mickie” Ronspies Aug. 28, 1948, at St. Joseph’s Church, Pierce. Gerald graduated from Wayne State in 1951, and taught at Laurel High School for five years before moving to Redding, Calif. He continued his career as a teacher and administrator in Central Valley and Enterprise School District while earning a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and an administrative degree from Chico State. After 22 years as a principal at Mistletoe School, Redding, Gerald retired in 1982. He loved education so much that he did short term substituting as a principal for several years after his retirement.
Gerald was an avid sports fan and especially loved the challenge of golf.
He enjoyed talking politics, traveling and interacting with his family.
He was a recent member of St. Phillip’s Catholic Church, Woodland; a member of Knights of Columbus; and the California Retired Teachers’ Association.
Gerald is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mickie; a son, Don, Seattle, Wash.; two daughters and their spouses, Barbara and Ken Steidley, Kalama, Wash., and Mary Kathryn and Bill Ray, Citrus Heights, Calif.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Joe Hish, Hartington; sister-in-law, Diane Hish, Santa Clarita, Calif.; brother-in-law, Dennis Ronspies, Pierce; sisters-in-law, Marianne Barlow, Broomfield, Colo.; and Julie Blotz, Discovery Bay, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

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