Arthur Henry (Art) Hinners Jr. (1925 - 2015)

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Arthur (Art) Henry Hinners, Jr., loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2015 at Kruse Village, Brenham, Texas with his family at his side and under the loving care of the Kruse Village nursing/support staff and the Brazos Valley Hospice angels who share their love and calling with those folks needing these irreplaceable services in the area. Art was born in Chambersburg, Illinois on June 28, 1925, to Art Hinners, Sr. and Carrie Hinners in Chambersburg, Illinois. He lived there until 1942 when his family re-located to Roseville, Illinois, graduating from Roseville High School in 1943. It was in his senior year that he met Ruthelyn Smith (nicknamed 'Smitty' by Art during their Sr. year) who became his wife in 1948. Art enrolled in the Navy V-5 Program (a Navy pilot training program) in 1943. He was sent by the Navy for two college terms to Milligan College in Johnson City, Tenn. Upon completion, his eyesight had weakened and was unable to pass the flight physical so he was re-directed to the V-12 officer training program and sent to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, to study Aeronautical Engineering. He graduated in 1946 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, appointed Ensign, USNR, and sent to Corpus, Christi, Texas, to become an instructor in Ground School for pilots. He was released from active duty in 1947 and accepted a job working for NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) in Langley, Virginia (where children Linda and David were born). In 1954, he accepted a job working for ARO, Inc., an aeronautical engineering firm in Tullahoma, TN (where sons John and Gary were born). In 1961, he rejoined NACA, now renamed NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and moved to Seabrook as a pioneer member of NASA in Houston. He was Systems Test Branch Manager involved in testing space equipment and training astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs until he retired from NASA in 1980. In 2007, he and his wife moved to Kruse Village, a retirement Center in Brenham, Texas.

Art was a long time Methodist and both he and Smitty were active members for 45 years at the Seabrook United Methodist Church, Texas, where he enjoyed weekly ushering duties and facility maintenance tasks at both the church and parsonage, and then became members of the First United Methodist Church of Brenham, where he was a member of Methodist Men's Club, serving as Secretary and President until his death.

In retirement he enjoyed various woodworking projects. He decided to make wooden toys for children - and for each of the next 10 years made approximately 2,000 wooden toys for ultimate distribution to children throughout the world through missionaries, churches and other organizations.

Art was preceded in death by his father and mother, and two sisters, Evelyn Crawford, and Mardelle Hinners. He is survived by his wife Smitty Hinners, daughter Linda Tapparo and her husband Del Tapparo, of Fort Collins, Colorado, son David and his wife Kathy Hinners, of Maple Grove, Minn., son John Hinners and his wife Patti Hinners, of Austin, Texas, and son, Gary Hinners and his wife Cristy Hinners of Houston, Texas, grandchildren Corey Tapparo, Stacey Rivera and her husband David Rivera, Kyle Hinners and his wife Julie Hinners, Carrie Hinners, Bailey Hinners, Aubry Hinners, Austin Hinners, and great-grandchildren Jonah Rivera, Jacob Rivera, Joshua Rivera, Madelynn Hinners and Grayson Hinners.

Arthur and Smitty's wishes are to be cremated, his ashes to be saved and, after her death, to be intermixed with Smitty's ashes, then sprinkled on a bluebonnet field by their children. Memorial services to celebrate Art's life will be held in Brenham on Friday, December 11 at 2pm at the First United Methodist Church of Brenham and in Seabrook on Saturday, December 12 at 10am at the Seabrook United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to either the First United Methodist Church of Brenham, 408 N Baylor St, Brenham, TX 77833, (979) 836-2008 or the Seabrook United Methodist Church, 3300 Lakeside Dr., Seabrook, TX 77586 (281) 326-1970.


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1St United Methodist Church
408 N Baylor St
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 836-2008
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