James Stanley Hinkle, Sr.
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September 22, 1933 - February 22, 2014
Stanley was born in Locust Grove, Oklahoma to King and Katie Hinkle, the 7th of 9 children. He left us to meet his Savior, Saturday the 22nd of February. Our Hearts are crushed, but we will find peace knowing he is now watching over us as our guardian angel.
Daddy's family moved to Wilder, Idaho in 1948. In 1954 he married his first, last, and only true love, Reatha. They raised four children together. Stanley worked on the Sutton farm in Parma for several years before going to work for the J.R. Simplot Co., most of the time in refrigeration, retiring after 27 years. Stanley and Reatha were long time members of the Centennial Baptist Church in Caldwell where dad was Senior Deacon for approximately 16 years.
Dad's happiness came from the simple joys of life. Sitting on the deck in the porch swing, sipping a Dr. Pepper; Mowing and caring for his lawn; Scenic drives; The mountains; wildlife; the Pacific Ocean; he really liked driving tractors; good food; golf; fishing; Tinkering, piddling, and working on his never-ending list of projects. He loved dogs, cats, horses, and feeding his many chickens (quail). He enjoyed working at the fairgrounds and his good friends there. He and mom spent many good times with his brother Charlie and his wife JoAnn in Cascade. Dad was also a very contented man, never needing to leave his home, but he did enjoy trips to the Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu and Nashville with his daughter and son-in-law.
Dad was a man with many skills and talents. He was an accomplished mechanic. We never found anything he couldn't fix. If he couldn't find the right part, or couldn't afford the tool he needed, he would fabricate it. He was a very accomplished woodworker. He made lots of beautiful furniture for his entire family and many friends, heirlooms we will cherish and keep always. Dad would use all of his talents and skills to help anyone at any time.
Dad was totally devoted to his family. He loved all of us deeply. Dad loved getting together for any reason and no reason at all. He loved cook outs, birthdays, holidays, and just visiting. He always said being together, healthy and happy was better than any other gift. His greatest gift was his family. He was always there immediately when we needed any kind of help or support.
Stanley was preceded in death by his parents King and Katie, his brothers Floyd Earl, Buddy, Clyde, and Charles Everett; his sisters Ruby and Elizabeth; his mother and father in law Ben and Edith; Sister in law Jolene; brother in law Arnold; 2 nephews; one niece.
He is survived by his wife Reatha; his four children: Pat (Randy), Jim, Ben (Shawna), Darryl (Marilyn). 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren with one more on the way; His brothers Curtis and Lester; His sister in law Bonnie; and many nieces and nephews.
Daddy, Not one of us can fathom a life without you in it. Every one of us will miss you and your great sense of humor every day of our lives until one by one we are reunited in Heaven. Our greatest gift to you now will be to live fully in your place, honoring our family name. We will continue to make time for each other and will always tell those we love how much we love them. We will forever feel your love for all of us. Thank you for being the best Dad, Grandpa, and Big Papa a family could have.
Per dad's request, no services are planned. Donations may be made to
Arrangements are in the care of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. 459-3629.
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 28, 2014