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George W. Hinrichs

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LAUREL — George William Hinrichs, 90, Laurel, died April 15, 2021, at Providence Medical Center, Wayne.

Funeral Services will be May 4, at 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church, Laurel, with Pastor Darren Timberlake officiating.

Private family burial will take place prior to the service in the Laurel Cemetery, with military rites by the Laurel American Legion Post 54 and the Laurel VFW Post 4504.

No visitation will be held prior to the service.

The family invites everyone to join them for a luncheon at church following the service.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Laurel.

George was born June 19, 1930, in Laurel, to William and Lillie (Jones) Hinrichs. He grew up on a farm outside of Laurel and graduated from Laurel High School in 1949. After high school, George was drafted into the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars for his service. July 23, 1952, while still in the service, George married Audrey Cunningham. During his time overseas, George was reported missing in action. The U.S. Army was able to locate him and he was honorably discharged after the Korean War. After returning from Korea, George farmed northwest of Laurel until he moved to their current home just north of Laurel, and while not engaged in farming, he remained a farmer at heart for the rest of his life, helping other farmers when he could.

George was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Laurel VFW during his later years, and he was part of a card group with the neighbors. George had a passion for farming. It was not only his livelihood but also his entertainment. He loved children, enjoyed woodworking, and especially enjoyed making Adirondack chairs which he generously gave to friends and family. George also loved coffee and getting together with his coffee groups at Rath’s and the Corner Mart. Another passion of his was putting up the outdoor Christmas display every year. George had a strong heart and was always kind to those he met. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

George is survived by his wife, Audrey, Laurel; three daughters, Pam Hinrichs (William Starks), Seattle, Wash., and their children Sam and Madison, California; Michell Hinrichs, Omaha; Mitzi Hinrichs (Bob Merry), Seattle, Wash.; one brother, two sisters, and many dear friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lillie; four sisters and one brother.