Joseph C. Hinaman, 88, of Lewis Run, passed away on Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2016) at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.
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He was born on March 13, 1927, in Bradford, a son of the late Charles L. and Lelia Parkhurst Hinaman.
He was a 1945 graduate of the Bradford Area High School.
On June 28, 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during World War II until his honorable discharge on Aug. 30, 1946.
On June 25, 1947, in the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, he married Virginia M. Perry, who preceded him in death on July 14, 2004.
He was employed at the former Kendall Refining Company from September 1946 through February 1954 as an operator and maintenance worker; the former Hanley Brick Company as an operator from September 1954 through August 1958; the former Allegheny Electronics / Ventron in the maintenance department from August 1958 through 1975; while working at Allegheny Electronics / Ventron he was promoted to maintenance foreman from 1961 until 1975. He was also employed by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery in the maintenance department from January 1976 through May 1982; while working at Case he was promoted to maintenance foreman from 1980 until 1982. He was also employed by the Bradford Area School District in the maintenance department from June 1982 through August 1993 at which time he retired. During his retirement he worked at the former Pure-Sil Inc.in 1994 as a part-time employee in maintenance. He also owned the former Twin Drive In in Lewis Run from 1973 through 1987 with his wife Virginia.
He was previously a Boy Scout Troop Leader for Troop 3, Lafayette in the 1960s along with being a member of the former Bradford Special Police. He was a life member of the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department for 68 years, where he served as chief for 20 years and was the Bradford Rotary Club Fireman of the Year Recipient in 1993. He was a member of the Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years. He was one of the original members that started the Tri County Fire School in Smethport and served in several capacities including Chief Director for 16 years. He was a former constable and EMA Director in Lewis Run. He was a former Pennsylvania State Forest Fire Warden for Lewis Run for 48 years. He was a life member and past President of the Tri-County Fireman's Association and a member of the Central District Fireman's Association.
He is survived by one son, Thomas J. (Linda) Hinaman of Lewis Run; one daughter, Judy (Roger) Larson of Lewis Run; two grandsons, Kevin Hinaman of Marietta, Ga., and Daniel Larson of Lewis Run; one granddaughter, Jennifer (Robert) Morris of Lewis Run; one great-granddaughter, Brianna Morris; one future great-grandchild; one sister, Phyllis Mealey of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife he was also preceded in death by one son, Kenneth H. Hinaman, who died on Oct. 26, 1997; two brothers, Kenneth S. Hinaman and Thomas E. Hinaman and two sisters, Estella Carlson and Virginia R. Hinaman.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mascho Funeral Home Inc., and again at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon with funeral services to immediately follow with the Rev. Max Simms of the Hilltop Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 42, Lewis Run, PA 16738, the Tri-County Fire School, P.O. Box 406, Lewis Run, PA, 16738 or a
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.
Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
75 Kennedy Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 2 to Mar. 8, 2016