Olin E. Hinseth
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Olin Edgar Hinseth, 91, of Rapid City, died Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Hospice House in Rapid City. Olin was born June 3, 1922 in Irene, SD to Ole & Emma (Lee) Hinseth on the family homestead farm which was established in 1878. Olin attended Turkey Valley Country School near Irene.
He served in US Army from Nov. '42 to Nov '45. As a tech. sergeant he served with the 27th armored division in the Pacific (Hawaii, Guam and Makin Island.) He never had a furlough through his entire service.
On August 27, 1950, Olin married Ardys Low. They made their home and raised their family in Irene. Olin worked in farming and in the farm implement business. He also enjoyed driving truck hauling cattle for his brother's Elton's trucking business. In 1980 Olin and Ardys moved to Yankton, where he was a maintenance man for several apartment complexes, getting up all hours of the night to help anyone in need.
Olin & Ardys were blessed with two grandchildren. They always referred to Tara as their "favorite granddaughter" and Tyler as their "favorite grandson." Olin was always very proud of both Tara and Tyler and enjoyed all the times they had together.
In 1994, Olin & Ardys moved to Rapid City and Olin became employed part time as a greeter at Wal-Mart. He liked to keep busy and this job allowed him to meet new friends. After Olin retired at age 85 people would come up to him often recognizing him from his days as a greeter. He was acknowledged to be the oldest veteran that was ever employed. He also made a promise to finish his High School Diploma and on May, 2001 he received his High School Diploma from Irene High School class of 2001 at age 79.
Olin was a member of South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City. Attending church on Sunday was very important to do throughout his life. One of Olin's highlights was going to Washington, DC on the World War II Honor Flight with his son Richard, which made it even more special.
Over the past two years as Olin's health started to fail he resided at Golden Living Center-Prairie Hills along with Ardys where they shared a room together. They continued to enjoy visitors and short outings with their kids and continued to play Quiddler (a scrabble card game) with their friends on Tuesdays.
Olin is survived by his wife Ardys, Rapid City; son Richard (Ellie) Hinseth, Rapid City; daughter Barbara (John) Carver, Rapid City; 2 grandchildren Tara Carver & Tyler Carver, both of Denver, CO; two sisters Madeline and Florence Hinseth, Irene; 2 brothers Arnold (Delores) Hinseth, Sioux Falls and Elton (Sharron) Hinseth, Irene and 2 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers Sylvan & Sidney Hinseth.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thurs. at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City.
Services will be 10 a.m. on Friday at S. Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City.
Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Hills and South Canyon Lutheran Church.
An online guestbook for Olin may be signed at www.osheimschmidt.com.
Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 23, 2014