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Olin B. Hinkle

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Olin B. Hinkle Obituary
Olin B. Hinkle, 85, longtime Litchfield resident, passed away Sunday (12-01-2013) at Drew's Place of Hillsdale.

Born November 3, 1928 in Adams Township, Hillsdale County, MI, he was the son of Dean Duane and Bertha Maye (Todd) Hinkle. Olin graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1947 and worked at Allied Products plant #3 before being called to serve in the Korean Conflict. He earned a Bronze Star Medal, Korean Service Ribbon with 2 bronze service stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and was in the KMAG unit (Korean Military Advisory Group).

On September 4, 1955 he married Wilhelmina (Werner) and she survives. Olin worked at Spartan Electronics of Jackson and McGraw Edison while learning the real estate business. In 1968 Olin and Wilhelmina established the Olin Hinkle Realty offices. Later, they began selling farm insurance which led to the purchase of an insurance agency.
Surviving along with his wife are son, Greg (Jeri) Hinkle of Grand Rapids; daughters, Sherrie (Randy) Iles of Allen, Annette Hinkle of Elkridge MD; grandsons, Nickolas Hinkle and Steven Iles; great-grandsons, Dominic and Alexander Hinkle; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers (Duane and Jack Hinkle), and sisters (Delma Randall and Gene Dohm).

Olin served his local community as Litchfield Village Assessor, Litchfield Village Trustee, Chairman of Public Works, was instrumental in bringing sewer lines to the Village, and helped Litchfield gain the status of City. He also served as City of Litchfield treasurer, tax collector, board of review, planning commission, and acting City Manager. During 14 years as a Hillsdale County Commissioner, he served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman and chaired committees of finance, personnel, and equalization. He served on the Board of Michigan Association of Counties Taxation Committee, Hillsdale County Social Services Board, Hillsdale County Ambulance Board, Region II Training Consortium Board, and Branch/Hillsdale District Health Board. Olin was honored by the South Central Substance Abuse Commission for being their longest serving member. He received a special tribute, signed by Gov. John Engler, honoring him for his commitment to public service and his dedication to making his community a better place to live, work, and raise a family. For many years he supported the 4-H small and large animal sales. Olin was the 2006 recipient of the Hillsdale County Veterans Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He was an active member of the Litchfield United Methodist Church and Hillsdale County Republicans. He loved his family, politics, and horse pulls.

Visitation is scheduled Wednesday from 3-7 PM at the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel, Litchfield. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 11:00 AM, at the Litchfield United Methodist Church, with Pastor Craig Pahl officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Litchfield United Methodist Church or the Hillsdale County Community Foundation: Olin & Wilhelmina Hinkle Scholarship Fund.

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Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Dec. 3, 2013
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