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Richard Wayne Hinkle

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Richard Wayne Hinkle Obituary
Richard Wayne Hinkle

Born: March 4, 1947

Died: June 24, 2018

Richard Wayne Hinkle, 71, of Sycamore, died June 24, 2018.

Rich was born in Dubuque, Iowa on March 4, 1947 and moved to Illinois when he was a small child. He graduated from Kirkland's Hiawatha High in 1965 and lived near Kirkland and Genoa most of his life. In his youth, Rich was quite an athlete, renowned for his grandstanding sliding catches playing with the church softball team (as Rich admitted later, the dramatic effect may have been intentional). Rich always enjoyed following local sports teams, especially when family and friends were on the court or the field.

Rich served two years in the army and was awarded an Army Silver Star for his selfless courage under fire in Vietnam. After being discharged in California, he drove back to Genoa in a souped up orange '57 Chevy that made him quite popular with the motorheads, if a little too popular with the local police.

Rich worked most of his life at A. O. Smith, later renamed CST Storage. Rich enjoyed his work and his coworkers and would have liked to work longer if his health had permitted.

Preceded by his parents, Wilfred and LeVon (Kline) Hinkle; and survived by siblings, Jane, Ron (Carol), Jeff (Janis) and Jerry (Michelle); as well as beloved nieces and nephews.

Rich was a generous and supportive uncle who made time to attend numerous activities and events. Rich spent his last years at the Grand Victorian retirement community in Sycamore. Despite his failing health, he enjoyed friends, playing cards, dominoes and Wii bowling: playing, managing the Wii league and, finally, getting a perfect game. Rich also served as a sports information source, typically keeping a list of each day's games and times in his shirt pocket to guide his fellow residents. He found a home and a purpose during his days there.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 16 at 11:00am at First Lutheran Church, 510 W. South St, Kirkland, Illinois. A luncheon will be held after the service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions can be made to the family in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W Main St., Genoa, IL. 60135.

For info or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-784-5191.
Published in Daily-Chronicle on June 28, 2018
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