Richard Charles Hinz
Monday, November 6, 1939
Date of Death:
Saturday, October 24, 2020
80 years old
Richard Charles Hinz
Richard Hinz – Oronoco
Richard Hinz – 80 – of Oronoco MN, died Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Richard was born November 6,1939 in Fairmount, MN to Charles and Hazel Hinz. He graduated from Central High School in Austin, MN in 1957. On January 13, 1962, he married Ann Marie Ziemann at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin, MN. Together they had two children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
In 1957 Richard enlisted in the US Navy where he graduated from the Naval Air Traffic Control School and was stationed at US Naval Air Station Floyd Bennett, Brooklyn, New York until his honorable discharge on November 21st 1961. He was then hired by the Federal Aviation Administration, graduating from the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy and served in Cedar Rapids Iowa and Omaha Nebraska until his transfer to Alaska in 1965. Richard served in Kotzebue, Annette Island, and Anchorage, AK. He also obtained his pilot’s license, and graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a degree in Aviation Science. In 1976, He transferred to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport working in both the control tower and approach control. In 1993 he transferred to the Rochester International Airport where he was the tower manager until his retirement in January 1999. Richard completed his career in aviation with Northwest Airlines, where he was a Manager of Air Traffic Control Operations for two years.
Richard is survived by his loving wife; children, Jeffrey Scott (Barbara) Hinz of Grand Meadow, MN, Jill Annette Hinz of Oronoco, MN, three grandchildren, Erik Hinz, Ryan Hinz, Kylie (Nathan) Klaus, one great-grandchild, Caspian Maxwell Klaus, siblings; Roger of Hot Springs Village, AR, Kathy Schatz of Atlanta, GA, and many nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mary Ann Hinz, and one brother, Robert Hinz.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN with Pastor Jeff Niederstadt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church
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Sorry to hear about Richard I remember Charlie and what his stroke did to him. My mother LaVonne would invite them over for a meal every now and then, how time moves on. You have our sympathy
Ann so sorry for your loss. my heart and prayers are with you and your family.
Dear Ann and family,
We are so very sorry to learn of Rich's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve his absence . God give you comfort and strength knowing that Rich is safe in Jesus loving arms and that this separation will end with your joyful reunion in heaaven.
Love in Christ, our Risen Lord,
Bill and Marcia
My deepest sympathies to the family of Richard Hinz! Over 11 years ago I wrote some notes down my dear Dad, Jim Lund, had told me about going in the Navy with Rich Hintz and Bill Richards on the buddy system. I am so thankful I came across those notes and found your number on the Class of 57 web page and was able to visit with Rich a few weeks ago. This was especially meaningful as my son was sworn into the US Navy on Oct 14. I am so sorry to hear of Rich passing away and could tell in the conversation we had he was a good man, hard worker, and friendly! My thoughts and prayers are with you all for comfort, strength, and peace during this difficult time.
Stacie Kalvoda (Lund)