Charles Hinman Jr.

Charles Hinman Jr.

KINGSFORD — Charles “Chuck” Hinman Jr., 88, of Kingsford, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Evergreen Assisted Living.

Chuck was born on Nov. 22, 1928, in Hastings to the late Charles Sr. and Flossie (Shields) Hinman. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1946, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was stationed on Adak in the Aleutian Islands.

Chuck was honorably discharged in 1948, and returned to Hastings to work at the family grocery store, the Post Office, and as an inspector at White Products in Middleville.

In 1951, he joined the Michigan State Police and was assigned to the post in Newberry where he met his wife Helen Suzanne Pelletier. Chuck and Sue were married in Newberry at St. Gregory Catholic Church on July 19, 1952.

Chuck was transferred to Reed City in 1954 and promoted to corporal in 1963 transferring to the Jackson post. In March 1964, Chuck transferred to the Iron Mountain post where he remained as a sergeant until his retirement in April 1987. Following his retirement from the MSP, Chuck worked as a bailiff for the Dickinson County Sherriff’s Department.

Chuck was an avid hunter and was very proud to have his wild game mounts gracing the walls of his apartment at Evergreen. He enjoyed having folks walk in and ask him to tell them about his hunts. Chuck was a life member of the North American Hunting Club, Safari Club International, Whitetails Unlimited, the NRA, Life member of the BPOE (Elks), past member of the Golden K, and an active member of St. Mary Queen of Peace Parish.

In addition to his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Sue (1998); and his sister, Phyllis.

He is survived by his three children, Charles (Cindy) Hinman III of Gladwin; and Lorraine (Sam) Conery and Christopher (Jodi) Hinman of Kingsford; a brother, Jeff (Linda) Hinman of Woodstock, Md.; special godson, Christopher Beaulieu of Newberry; grandchildren Robb Laurila of Los Angeles, Christy (Sean) Verity of Owosso, Jaime (Brock) Hinman of Gladwin, and Collin Hinman and Joseph Hinman of Kingsford; and his very special twin great-grandchildren, Charlie Miles and Emma Sue Verity.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Queen of Peace Church in Kingsford. Fr. Michael Woempner will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the U. P. Whitetails Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 335, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.