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Harlan H. Hinkle, 84, of Brownsburg, died March 16, 2017, in Danville, Indiana with his devoted family at his side.
Mr. Hinkle is survived by his five children, Kevin (Susan), Beth Roberts (Tom), Sue Beckham (Bucky), Amy Martin (Butch), and Matt (Kristi). He is also survived by 14 grandchildren (Tyler, Kyle, Colin, Jordan, Lindsay, Jessie, Josh, Katherine, Erin, Sully, Justin, Lucas, and Payton) and 6 great-grandchildren. Carol, his loving wife of 58 years, preceded him in death in 2010.
Mr. Hinkle was born on May 24, 1932, in Knox County to John and Lela (Todd) Hinkle. He was the oldest of 8 children (John, deceased, Phoebe, Jerry, Nancy, Todd, Roger, and Jack). He graduated from Decker High School in 1950 and earned an Associate's Degree from Vincennes University in 1952. In 1954 he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University (Bloomington). He taught at Sandborn High School (1954-1955). In 1955, he married Carol Reinsel from Washington. From 1955-1958, he proudly served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army overseas in Japan where the first of his five children was born. After returning to the States, he and Carol moved to Brownsburg where his parents had moved and were teaching school. He enrolled in the I.U. School of Law (Indianapolis) and, upon graduation, began practicing law in 1962 at a law firm he founded in Danville where he practiced for the next 54 years.
Mr. Hinkle is well known by colleagues and clients for providing preeminent legal services while maintaining high ethical standards. In 2012, he was inducted into the Indiana State Bar Association Hall of Fame. His legacy in the legal profession is carried on by his two sons and daughter-in-law, Susan.
Mr. Hinkle is a long-time member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg where he served in many capacities, including trustee, advisor, and until recent years, singing in the choir. He belonged to several organizations including the Masonic Lodge (Scottish Rite Cathedral), Brownsburg Educational Foundation, and Brownsburg Sertoma (charter member).
Mr. Hinkle had diverse interests and hobbies from flying, owning race cars, and gardening, but his passion was coaching basketball at St. Malachy (CYO), where he coached teams to 2 city championships and served alongside Mike Griffin as the assistant varsity coach of the Brownsburg High School Lady Bulldog team for 19 years. He cherished his time coaching and stayed connected to so many of his players over the past several decades.
Most importantly, Mr. Hinkle lived his life as a servant of God. He touched many lives in many ways with his generosity and other acts of love and kindness. He was a counselor, teacher, coach, mentor, and beloved friend to innumerable people. He had the gift of a brilliant mind, a tender heart, and an incredible memory that allowed him to recount by name and share stories of the vast number of people he called friends. In the last year of his life, he endured much suffering, but he never relented in glorifying God through those he encountered.
His children extend sincere appreciation to all medical and nursing staff at Brownsburg Meadows, I.U Health, St. Vincent Seton, and Hendricks Regional who extended such loving care for their father.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg. Funeral services will be Wed. March 22 at 11:00am at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Harlan Hinkle to East Tenth United Methodist Children Home (east10th.org/donate) or Sheltering Wings (shelteringwings.org/donate)
Published on March 21, 2017
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