Willis James Hinck, 79, of Emma, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Sweet Springs, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be held in Blackburn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home or family choice. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born May 2, 1932, in rural Sweet Springs, he was the son of the late William F. Hinck and Lena Sophina Emily Heerman Hinck. He attended Holy Cross Lutheran School in Emma. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1952 to 1954, and was a member of V.F.W. Post 5649 in Concordia. On Feb. 14, 1957, he married Martha Lou King who preceded him in death on March 6, 2002. He owned and operated Hinck's Plumbing and Heating until the early 1970s, worked for MFA Oil Company from 1971 until retiring in the mid-1980s and earned many awards and trips through MFA based on his sales. He also owned and operated the Sweet Springs Car Wash and Sweet Springs Laundromat for many years. He was a lifelong area resident of Sweet Springs, Concordia and Emma, living at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg the last year and a half.
Survivors include one son, Greg Hinck of rural Sweet Springs; two daughters, Becky Schuette of Concordia and Linda Krause of Emma; seven grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Hildegard Dohrman, Frances Lynch, Verna Mae Frerking and Ruby Oglesby.