Lee Joseph Hinker


March 4, 1958 - April 7, 2016


Lee Joseph Hinker was born on March 4, 1958 to William and Bernita (LaBreche) Hinker at Wessington Springs, SD.  He graduated from Forestburg High School in 1976.  He attended Mitchell Vo-Tech and graduated from the H-VAC program.

On August 3, 1985 he married Janet Authier.  To this union one son, Drew M. Hinker, was born.  He farmed with his father and mother.  They raised melons and Lee established a melon stand in Aberdeen, where he was well known for fresh produce, especially pumpkins.  He often provided free pumpkins to the schools in Aberdeen.  He always enjoyed being around people, especially family and friends.

Grateful for having shared his life are his son, Drew Hinker, Woonsocket, SD; his mother, Bernita Hinker, Mitchell, SD; two sisters, Melanie (Dave) Blevins, Denver, CO, Cathy (James) Hegg, Huron, SD; three brothers: Leonard (Nancy) Hinker, Fedora, SD, Roger (Pat) Hinker, Forestburg, SD, and Mark (Carol) Hinker, Mitchell, SD.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Hinker, a sister, Beverly Hinker and a brother, Anthony Hinker.


Sunday, April 10, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, April 11, 2016
2:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saint Wilfred Catholic Cemetery
Woonsocket, South Dakota

entry posted by Troy Nusz on 10-04-2016
I'm very sorry to read of Lee's passing. I went to school with him at Vo-Tech.
entry posted by Matt & Joni Groeblinghoff on 04-12-2016
We were so sorry when we heard Sunday night that Lee had passed away. He was a great guy and a good friend to Matt. Lee was always generous with sending melons and pumpkins home for our kids after Matt would help him at the melon stand in Aberdeen. Our kids have great memories of going to pick out their pumpkin. Lee would always have them help unload melons and pumpkins and their reward was to take one or two home. He had a kind heart under that sometimes rough exterior. Our thoughts and prayers to Bernita and all of Lee's family. May God comfort you in your sorrow.
entry posted by Liz Hoffman on 04-10-2016
My sympathy to the Hinker family. RIP Lee!
entry posted by Roxanne Wheeler on 04-10-2016
Lee use to come over and spoil me by bringing squash as he knew how much i loved it. I will miss him and his smile..........
entry posted by Mark & Nancy (Alt) Ruud on 04-10-2016
Our prayers are with the Hinker family. God be with you.
entry posted by Teresa Zimmerman-Dunlap on 04-10-2016
I have some fond memories of Lee from school. Especially happy to sit and talk and laugh with him just in the past couple years, catching up with our lives. Will miss him. My sympathies to the rest of his family.
entry posted by Robert Lee on 04-09-2016
Our sympathy to the Hinker Family . Great family great guy gone to soon. RIP
entry posted by The Luckett's on 04-09-2016
Our Deepest Sympathies
Val & Dawn and Families
entry posted by JR & Deb Wood family on 04-09-2016
Our sympathies to the Hinker family. Lee & staff for many years displayed & sold his melons & pumpkins on our JR'S parking lot in Aberdeen.
entry posted by Brion Anderson on 04-09-2016
Lee was my brother from another mother. I will miss you pal.
entry posted by Darnell "Toots"(Therkildsen) Bohlander on 04-09-2016
Lee was a good friend for many years, he will be missed by many but he is at peace now, let God wrap his arms around his family & give comfort
entry posted by Nancy Kelly on 04-08-2016
Sending my sympathy to the Hinker family!! RIP Lee!🙏
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