VERNON HINZE

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.

2 guestbook entries for VERNON HINZE

  1. Kathy Saenger August 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Oh the stories he could tell! And being a diver he had the pictures to show they were true. I really loved talking to Vern about diving. I was completely in awe of his stories. I do believe the ocean was definately a true love of his. Being a fellow diver, I could just listen to him for hours about his dives. His c-card was so old and so cool!!! Someday, years from now I only hope people will say the same about me and the stories of the ocean. Sail on Vern, sail on. Watch over the rest of us as we continue with our quests of the water and what is below……..

  2. Ron Johnson September 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    So sorry to hear of Vern’s passing. Vern was a wonderful neighbor to my son, Derek & family (2000-2006). When Derek lost his wife in Oct 2005 and was left with a 5 month old son, Vern was one of many who helped out. Derek and family remained close to Vern and unfortunately were in Canada when he passed away. I enjoyed visits and phone chats with Vern as we shared a common bond —Lake Superior. In Sept of 2011, Vern called and wanted to share some of his Diving stories. I had a writer call him but I’m not sure if they ever met or got anything on tape or paper. Vern will be missed!

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