Kenneth Raburn Hinson of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on March 21, 2013, having reached the age of eighty-one years, six months and seven days. Ken was born in Lonedell, MO, on September 14, 1931, son of Floyd Augustus Hinson and Ethel Lorena Hinson nee Palmer. On August 14, 1952, he was united in marriage to Stella Mae Brown and eight children came to bless this union.
Ken is survived by his wife, Stella Hinson of St. Clair, MO; by seven children, Beverly Snyder and husband, Dr. Scott, of Roswell, NM, Jackie Kitson and husband, Keith, of St. Clair, Lisa Fisher of St. Clair, Doug Hinson and wife, Martha, of St. Clair, Christina Alfermann and husband, Gary, of Washington, MO, Bill Hinson and wife, Debbie, of St. Clair and Jennifer Erbes and husband, Bryant, of St. Clair; by four brothers, Donald Hinson and wife, Marie, of Union, MO, Neil Hinson and wife, Lola, of St. Clair, Robert Hinson and wife, Loretta, of St. Clair and Bernard Hinson of St. Clair; by one sister, Betty Mae Davis and husband, Lawrence, of St. Clair; by sisters-in-law, June Hinson of Raymondville, MO and Deanna Hinson of St. Clair; by two foster brothers, Howard Sanders and wife, Jan, of Seibring, FL and John Briscoe of St. Clair; by nineteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ethel Hinson; by one daughter, Susan Jane Hinson; and by three brothers, Fred Hinson, Connie Hinson and Floyd “Junior” Hinson.
Ken was a devoted Christian and active member and Deacon of First Baptist Church in St. Clair. He lived a Christian life and has shared his faith with many, who in turn came to know the Lord. The youth of the church knew him as the “Tootsie Roll Grandpa” as he gave all the kids tootsie rolls when they arrived at church. He was a member of Easter Lodge #575, A.F. & A.M., having been initiated on June 23, 1964, passed on August 22, 1964 and raised on November 21, 1964. He was proud to have served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army, entering July 31, 1952 and receiving his honorable discharge on July 15, 1954. Ken was a fireman by trade and retired from Olivette Fire Protection District as a Captain, after twenty-seven years of service. He also worked in the service department of Frank Reed RV Center in St. Clair, MO. He was very civic minded and is the last of the founding fathers of the St. Clair Ambulance Association. He was an active member and past board member of the St. Clair Ambulance Association. He also volunteered his services as an auctioneer for many charity events. His children were all active in sports and Ken was always there to cheer them on. Ken enjoyed many hobbies and interests during his life, but fishing was his passion. His favorite pastime was teaching his children, and later his grandchildren, how to fish. Many wonderful memories were created on family fishing and camping trips. Nothing was more important to Ken than his family and the love they shared and memories they created, along with his keen sense of humor, will forever be remembered by them all.
A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, foster brother, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation was held on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with Masonic services at 7:30 PM. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 25, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in St. Clair with the Reverends Cliff Day and Dickie Hinson officiating. Interment, with full military honors, was in Prospect Cemetery, Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.