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Howard S. Hinman, 91, of Grand Island died Friday, June 1, 2012 at
The Grand Island Veterans Hospital.
memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at All Faiths Funeral Home
Chapel, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Private family burial will take
place the following day.
Mr. Hinman was born September 1, 1920, at Madrid, IA, the son of Sherman
and Nora (Fairchild) Hinman.
Those left to cherish his memory are his son and his wife, Jim and
Rene Hinman of Grand Island; a sister, Mildren Huss of Iowa City, IA;
four grandchildren and their spouses, Jessica and Tom Hughes of Lincoln,
Sarah Hinman, Andrew and Shannon Hinman of Omaha and Chris and Michael
Stafford of Grand Island; a sister in law, Marian Hinman of Omaha; a
close personal friend and companion, Freda Traill of Grand Island and
numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine (Olson) Hinman, his
parents; a son and daughter in law, Steve and Janet Hinman; two brothers
and a sister in law, Bernard Hinman and Carl and Virginia Hinman; and
a brother in law, Ed Huss.
Howard grew up in Madrid, IA. He graduated from Madrid High School
and received his business degree from the Grand Island School of Business.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II from March of
1943 to January of 1946, with having spent part of that time as a prisoner
of war, and also served several years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
He married Catherine Olson on September, July, 21 1943 and they made
their home in Grand Island.
After his military service, Howard was employed at Sears and Robuck
and Nitzel and Co. before becoming the owner and operator of Hinman Realty
and Insurance in Grand Island. Howard flew a P-51, which was named for
his wife “Catherine III”, in the 357 th Fighter Corp. He
served from Cadet School and through combat with his close personal friends
Chuck Yeager and Bud Anderson.
He was a charter member of the Saddle Club and was a member of the
Elks Club, VFW, and the American Legion. He served on the Hall County
Board of Supervisors, later becoming Chairman and serving on the Hall
County Regional Airport Board of Directors, also later becoming Chairman,
prior to becoming Airport Manager.
Memorials are suggested to the VA Medical Center-Grand Island Community