October 30, 1924 - November 18, 2013 Clarence Orin (Steve) Hinderer, 89, passed away November 18, 2013, after a long illness. He was born in Iuka, Illinois on October 30, 1924, graduated Salem Illinois High School in 1941; and continued his education at University of Illinois, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism in 1950. Steve was a Veteran of World War II, who served 16 months in India. After the war, he served in Air Force National Guard and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1975. Steve started his journalism career in Louisville, Kentucky at station WHAS; then moved to station WLAP in Lexington, Kentucky. Steve married Betty Jean Hickey in Lexington on November 24, 1951. He was urged by a friend to go to Memphis, Tennessee to become a television news reporter. He was employed there until 1960; then worked as a reporter in Miami in 1961. After he received a call from Mayor Henry Loeb of Memphis, Steve relocated to become Director of Public Relations for Memphis Light, Gas & Water until 1969. In January 1969, Steve came to Los Angeles to be Director of Public Affairs for Department of Water & Power, retiring in 1991. During his retirement years, he did voice-overs for television and radio, played golf and cheered for the St. Louis Cardinals. Steve is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty, three daughters: Holly Schaafsma, Lisa Hermanson and Kelly Mako, five grandchildren (Kyle, Courtney, Drew, Ryan, Van) and Susy Galvan. Services will be held at Pasadena Highlands, 1575 East Washington, Pasadena at 11:30 am on Saturday, November 23.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 21, 2013