Clarence "Gene" Hinton

Clarence "Gene" Hinton St. Johns Clarence "Gene" Hinton, age 77, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Johns, MI on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., with Rev. Dan Maas officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 4 -8 P.M. at the funeral home. Gene was born in Gratiot County, MI on June 17, 1935, the son of Clarence Lee and Bernice (Jason) Hinton. Gene married Vicki C. Hanson on November 3, 1973. Gene retired from General Motors after 42 years of service as a skilled trades tool & die maker in the experimental machine shop. He took great pride in his work. Gene's passion with woodworking led him, at age 70, to build his and Vicki's dream home on their farm. All of the interior woodworking was harvested and milled from their woods. Gene was active in the Mid-Michigan Street Rod Association and the Goldwing Motor Cycle Club. He is survived by his wife Vicki Hinton of St. Johns, MI, daughter Janie Kay and Brad Quinn of St. Johns, MI, daughter Mary Jo and Werner Bartels of Tonganoxie, KS, son Gary Lee Hinton of St. Johns, MI, daughter Cheri Lynn and Todd Krajniak of Lansing, MI, daughter Nichole Renae and Jim Berridge of St. Johns, MI, 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Gene is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Harold and Janice Hinton of Middleton, MI, father-in-law Fred Hanson of Higgins Lake, MI, brother-in-law Ron and Nancy Hanson of Villa Hills, KY, his beloved little dog Gypsy Rose and many other special family and close friends. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Tom Langdon, mother-in-law Virginia Hanson, sister-in-law Mary Lou Hanson and brother-in-law Michael Hanson. Memorials may be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care 2675 S. Cochran Road Charlotte, MI 48813. Online condolences can be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Johns, Michigan.

Published in Lansing State Journal on May 5, 2013