Donald Richard Hinson of Union, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on September 27, 2014, having reached the age of eighty-seven years, eleven months and twenty-three days. Donald was born in Lonedell, MO, on October 4, 1926, son of Floyd Augustus Hinson and Ethel Lorena Hinson nee Palmer. On June 12, 1948, he was united in marriage to Iva Bernice Farrow and three children came to bless this union. On July 3, 1992, he was united in marriage to Marie Eileen Johnston nee Lack and their families were joined as one.
Donald is survived by his wife, Marie Hinson of Union, MO; by his children, Cathy Baumann and husband, Steven, of Fenton, MO, Donald Michael Hinson, known to all as Mike, of Union, and Eric Hinson and wife, Shelley, of St. Clair, MO; by his step-children, Ronnie Johnston of St. Clair, Sandie Brown of Lonedell, MO and Jean Rae Courtney and companion, Danny Rampani, of Kailua, HI; by his grandchildren, Rachel Westfall and husband, Scott, of Chicago, Il, Rebekah Baumann of Fenton, MO and Joshua and Tyler Hinson of St. Clair; by his two great-grandchildren, Payton and Theron Westfall of Chicago; by five step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; by three brothers, Neil Hinson and wife, Lola, Robert Hinson and wife, Loretta, and Bernard Hinson, all of St. Clair; by his sister, Betty Mae Davis and husband, Lawrence, of St. Clair; by his sisters-in-law, June Hinson of Rolla, MO, Deanna Hinson, Stella Hinson and Elsie Riley, all of St. Clair; by his foster brothers, Howard Sanders and wife, Jean, of Sebring, FL and John Briscoe of Sullivan, MO; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ethel Hinson; by his first wife, Iva Hinson; and by four brothers, Kenneth Hinson, Fred Hinson, Connie Hinson and Floyd Hinson, known to most as Junior.
Donald was a Christian and long-time member of Moselle Missionary Baptist Church in Moselle, MO, where he served as treasurer for forty years and church deacon for fifty years. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army, entering on February 17, 1945 and receiving his discharge on December 11, 1946, having attained the rank of Sergeant. For thirty years he was employed by Ford Motor Company in St. Louis, MO as a foreman. Donald was a fifty year member and Past President and Past Secretary of Easter Lodge 575, AF & AM in St. Clair, MO, having been initiated on December 26, 1950, passed on January 30, 1951 and raised on March 10, 1951. Don had many hobbies during his life, but his favorite was trout fishing with his family, especially at Montauk State Park. Working on lawnmowers and riding around on his golf cart were other pastimes. He also loved to attend country music concerts in Iowa, as well as travelling with his fifth wheel camper trailer. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, as he did in their hearts.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, step-father, grandfather, step-grandfather, great-grandfather, step-great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO with the Rev. Dick Hinson officiating, assisted by the Rev. Larry Sikes. Interment with full military honors was in Prospect Cemetery in Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to Moselle Missionary Baptist Church or to MO Baptist Children’s Home.