Vernon Hinze, of Mora, died on Monday, August 13, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Mpls. He was 81 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 18th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Fr. Eugene Plaisted will officiate.
VISITATION will be on Thursday, August 17th from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the funeral home; plus 1 hour prior to the service on Friday.
INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora
Vernon Richard Hinze, of Mora, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 81 years old.
Vernon was born on January 4, 1931 in Pine City, Minnesota to parents Arnold and Charlotte (Wilcox) Hinze. He attended County School in Pine City and spent a summer after school working for the railroad pounding spikes. After working for a short time in Minneapolis, Vern enlisted in the United States Army where he served in Panama. After his discharge, he returned to Minnesota. Vern was united in marriage to Joan Bina on July 4, 1953 in Kansas City, Kansas. Vern had a deep appreciation for boats and worked at the St. Croix Yacht Club, the Sunnyside Marina, and Port Superior over the years. Vern constructed and operated a floating Ice Cream Shop, serving cold treats on the St. Croix River. Vern also spent a number of years with the U.S. Parks Service working mainly on the Sand Island lighthouse renovations.
Vern was a true outdoorsman. He loved to hike and was an avid nature photographer. Vern loved to spend his summer’s scuba diving from his 20’s all the way into his 70’s. He dove to most of the Lake Superior wrecks. Snowmobiling was a huge part of Vern’s life. He loved taking snowmobile trips and was a speed run winner 5 years in a row with the same sled. He loved to tinker and build things, always engineering ways to make them better. Vern will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Vern is preceded in death by his parents, brother Eugene, granddaughter Beth Hinze, and brother-in-law Elwood Rydlund.
He is survived by his children Stephen Hinze, Michelle (Terry) Lynn, and Brian Hinze (April Doolittle) all of Aberdeen, SD; grandchildren Jared Hinze, Mikayla Lynn, Anna Hinze, and Caralynn Hinze; sisters Marjorie Rydlund and Charlotte (Ray) Kennon both of Rush City; special friend Eileen Oman; also several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.