HARTINGTON — Danny Hinkel, 70, Hartington, died suddenly Aug. 10, 2019, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell, S.D.
Visitation for Dan will be Thursday, from 5-7 p.m., at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.
No other services are being planned.
Danny Eugene Hinkel was born June 21, 1949, in Pisgah, Iowa, to John Albert and Ardith Lucille (Hinkel) Hinkel. He grew up in Pisgah until the age of 10, and then moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He joined R.O.T.C. and
then was drafted into the Army, where he served in Vietnam. After his service to his country, Dan worked in Omaha as a land surveyor. He moved to Hartington to help Hershel & Alice Forinash, at Forinash grocery. Dan married Jeanie Sue Hoskinson July 13, 1984, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Hartington. Dan began working at Hydraulic Components, Hartington, and was appointed as foreman after his first year. Dan’s career at Hydraulics lasted for 40 years.
Dan was a member of the Hartington VFW Post #5283 and the Hartington American Legion Post #4.
Dan loved to hunt and fish and made many memories on his hunting trips with his uncle and life-long best friend, Rick Hinkel “Uncle Fuzzy.” Dan enjoyed carpentry and did a lot of the work on his own home and cabin at the Missouri River. He and Jeanie enjoyed spending many hours refinishing their homes. Dan taught himself how to play guitar, and music was very important to him. Many wonderful moments were spent with friends and family by the campfire, playing guitar and playing favorite song requests. He did a lot of gardening, planting trees and landscaping on his own property through the years. Dan loved giving people nicknames, including his children and friends.
Dan is survived by his wife, Jeanie, Hartington; three children, Christine DeBlauw and Jacob Lewis, Gayville, S.D.; Alice and Ted Miller, St. Helena; and Jamie and Scott Norris, Plainview; five grandchildren, Jesse Hinkel, Brittany Hinkel, Brandy Hinkel, Brett Norris and Paige Norris; two great-grandsons, Jonny Hinkel, and Jameson Gothier; two sisters, Linda Lucille and husband, Phil Viets, Watson, Mo., and Patty Ann King, San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Dean Hinkel, Onawa, Iowa, and T.J. and wife, Kyle Hinkel, Utica; and many nieces and nephews.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents.