John C. Rill, 93, a retired transportation company official and bank director who had been an area resident since 1948, died of June 19 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Rill retired in 1959 after 11 years as president of the Burlington Refrigeration Express Co., the Fruit Growers Express Co., and the Western Fruit Express Co. The three companies operated under one headquarters management in Washington and furnished refrigeration cars under contract to about 70 railroads.
He was elected to the board of directors of the American Security & Trust Co. in 1950. He also was a member of Congressional Country Club and was a 32nd degree Mason.
Mr. Rill was born in Hampstead, Md., and began his railroad career in 1910 with the Pennsylvania Railroad, serving as its western regional general manager and, from 1935 to 1948, as chief of freight transportation.
He served with the Army in France during World War I. He attained the rank of captain and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. During the Korean conflict, he was a member of the manpower reserve of the Office of Defense Mobilization.
Survivors include his wife, Frances E., of Washington; two sons, Paul Robert, of Williamsport, Pa., and James F, of Washington; a sister, Mary Rill Zumbrun of Hampstead; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.