Raymond Hinders was born on a farm in the Texas Panhandle between the towns of Canyon and Happy on April 18, 1934. He died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at home in Acampo, California. He grew up on the farm in Texas with his brothers, Louis, Edward, and sister, Laverne. He attended school in Canyon and graduated from West Texas State University. While there he met his future wife, Sarah Beth Barnhart, and they were married in 1957. He and Sarah Beth were blessed with their wonderful family of four sons, Gary (Linda), Greg (Diane), Neal (Nancy) and Brad (Terrie) and eleven grandchildren.
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He received a masters degree from Colorado State University and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He worked for two years as Dairy Extension Specialist with the University of Missouri and three years as nutritionist with Funk Seed Company in Lubbock, Texas. In 1969 he began work as animal nutritionist with Producer Grain Corporation in Amarillo, Texas.
At this time, he and his family moved back to the farm where he was born to let the boys grow up there in the wonderful rural community. The saying "It takes a village" might be changed in this case to "It takes a community." The family was active in 4-H activities there.
In 1981 Raymond, Sarah Beth and Brad moved to California where he worked as animal nutritionist with Carnation Milling. After two years, he began working as an independent dairy nutritionist, finding great joy in his work with the dairymen. December 1, 2011, he sent out his "retirement" letter.
Raymond felt a strong calling to help the hungry. He was active in work with Heifer Project, Stockton Family Shelter, and Salvation Army. He was an Honorary Chapter Farmer in the Future Farmers of America. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lodi.
He was a member of several professional organizations including the American Dairy Science Association and the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. He was honored the Distinguished Member Award of ARPAS in October, 2011. He also received the Department of Agriculture Graduate of Distinction Award of West Texas A&M University in 2006.
His faith in God gave great meaning to his life. He was a member of several Methodist churches through the moves. In 1985 he and Sarah Beth joined St. Paul Lutheran in Lodi. He found wonderful church families in each of these. At St. Paul he was active on the Board of Social Ministries, working especially with the Ugandan, Rwandan and El Salvador connections. He loved working with "God's Half Acre" each summer. He loved his flower and vegetable gardens and loved taking beautiful bouquets of flowers to friends.
He was cared for by so many wonderful doctors and nurses, and in the later weeks, by the complete staff of Hospice of San Joaquin County.
Memorials may be made to the Board of Social Ministries, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 S. Pleasant Ave., Lodi, CA 95240; Heifer Project International, P .O .Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203; or Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, P.O. Box 4803, Stockton, CA 95204.
A memorial service will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 S. Pleasant Ave., Lodi, Ca on Saturday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. and a later service at First United Methodist Church in Canyon, Texas.
Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hinders family.
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Raymond was loved by so many people and his legacy will live on.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22, 2011