Who We Are
HILL FUNERAL HOME………………SINCE 1908
At a time of loss it helps to know something about those you may choose to care for your loved one. At Hill Funeral Home you deal with family. It has been this way since 1908. That’s why our motto is "Family helping Families." First it was Ernest and Mabel Hill; then it was Vernon and Pearl Hill; now, it is Terry & Lu Davies, their daughter Debbie, her daughter April and Terry & Lu’s youngest son David with occasional help from grandson Ben Davies.
When you call for information you get friendly helpful information whether it be about the types of services available, prices, what may be needed to arrange for services in the future, or what benefits might be available to help with funeral or burial expenses. Even though much of this information may be here on our website, we invite you to call because it becomes much more personal and gives you the opportunity for clarification.
We are the only family owned funeral home in Puyallup, so we are not dictated to by a mega corporation eager to increase profits for stockholders across the world. The reputation of Hill Funeral Home for integrity, honesty and a dedicated staff has allowed us to continue serving Puyallup and Pierce County to this day.
As part of our remodeling in 2016, Hill Funeral Home has added a RECEPTION HALL so that families can continue their sharing with family and friends at the same venue following the services in either our small or large chapel. Viewing is offered in a separate viewing room or in our chapel as well. Services are arranged normally in our homelike arrangement room. However, we have had special circumstances that required making arrangements at home when health concerns required it.
As you will see, obituaries can be put on this website days before a newspaper obituary can be published and at no cost to the family. Comments can be left on the website by family and friends and is most helpful for those who cannot attend the actual service. Hill Funeral Home is easily accessed in downtown Puyallup at 217 E. Pioneer Ave. with parking on the north side of our building.
When it comes to remembrances of a loved one, there is no right or wrong. It is our pledge to help you achieve the tribute you feel is appropriate!
In 1904 Ernest Newville Hill, a decorated Spanish American War veteran, was working for a Tacoma funeral home as an embalmer/funeral director. He ventured out on his own starting a funeral business in Puyallup in 1908. A two story building in the 400 block of North Meridian was his first location. He and his wife Mabel lived above the funeral home where a son, Vernon Hill, was born later that same year.
At that time horse drawn livery services provided the hearse from church to cemetery; often paid for in gold coins. He pioneered the use of motor powered funeral coaches in Pierce County with a horse drawn Cunningham body adapted to a Winton Six chassis with dry cell ignition.
When the Independent Order of Odd Fellows built a new two story building on West Pioneer Ave., Ernest, a past Noble Grand of Unity Lodge #18, rented their first floor of the building for his mortuary. Several years later when larger quarters were needed for the growing business, Ernest moved the mortuary to 321 So. Meridian across from Pioneer Park. In 1921 he established the first, "Funeral Home" type mortuary in the State of Washington by converting the Gabrielson mansion at 217 E. Pioneer Ave. into a two story funeral home.
Ernest & Mabel continued to operate Hill Funeral Home and raise their five children. Strong in community service, Ernest was a charter member of VFW Post #2224, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Puyallup, a member of the Woodmen of the World, the Puyallup Chamber of Commerce, the Improved Order of Redmen, and the Rebekah Lodge. In 1953 son Vernon joined the firm and purchased the funeral home in 1957. In 1959 a new, more modern funeral home was built.
Vernon Hill was a decorated army veteran of WW II. (Ernest had volunteered for military service but then in his sixties was turned down.) Vernon was active in the community serving as District Governor for Kiwanis. He was a member of the same VFW Post as Ernest and the American Legion Post #67 which has now been re-named the R. Vernon Hill Memorial Post.
In 1966 Terry & Lucille Davies joined the firm with the understanding that they would buy the firm at Vernon's retirement. This was effected in 1977. Strong in service the Davies' continue in the Hill tradition. The Davies' are active in Rotary, the Fraternal Order of Elks, Altrusa and Masonic orders. In 1980 their son David joined the firm. Continuing in the family tradition started by Terry's grandfather in Roslyn, WA, in 1889, this family continues to offer funeral services in each succeeding generation. The Davies' oldest daughter Debbie and her daughter April are also employed at Hill Funeral Home…