In Memory of

Owen Walter Hiniker

January 18, 1925 - February 1, 2013
Owen Walter Hiniker, the son of Walter and Cecelia (Aurit) Hiniker, was born January 18, 1925 in Mankato, MN. His childhood years were spent in Mankato where he received his education. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1943. Following graduation, Owen served in the Navy during WWII as a Seabee helping with the building of the Landing bases on Okinawa. On October 18, 1948, he was united in marriage to Eileen Kellen, at the St. Columba Catholic Church in Iona, MN. Owen worked for 17 years on large scale electrical projects including Gavins Point Dam, various missile bases in Nebraska and Kansas, and the Tennessee Valley Authority dams in Kentucky and Tennessee. They moved to Cherokee in 1965, to help build Wilson Packing Plant. He remained at Wilson's where he worked as an electrician until his retirement in 1987. Owen had been a member of the IBEW Local 231 for 64 years. He was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, VFW, and the UFCW. He was also an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, boating, woodworking, restoring antique furniture, and having coffee with his buddies. Most of all, Owen enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. On February 1, 2013, Owen passed away at the Cherokee Villa at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Cecelia Hiniker; one brother, Daryl Hiniker; one brother in law, Richard Erickson; and one sister-in-law, Faye Hiniker. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years, Eileen Hiniker; two daughters, Linda Hiniker of Fort Dodge, IA, and Jan (Kenneth) Kistenmacher of Cherokee. One granddaughter, Kristi (Benjamin) Held of Iowa City, IA; one grandson, Keith Kistenmacher of West Des Moines, IA; two great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Edmund Held of Iowa City, IA; two brothers, Loren (Gloria) Hiniker of San Antonio, TX, and Roger (Arvis) Hiniker of Oceanside, CA; two sisters, Marilyn Erickson of Coon Rapids, MN, and Lorraine (Wayne) Mayer of Hoyt Lakes, MN; as well as several nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
SERVICES
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
OFFICIATING
Father Dan Guenther
CASKET BEARERS
Denny DeYoung Kory Schwartz Rodney Groepper Ron Bush Melvin Zollman
VISITATION
Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M. Monday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Monday night at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 7:00 P.M. prayer service Monday night at the funeral home.
MUSIC
Organist- Suzanne Winterhof Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
INTERMENT
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, iowa Military services will be provided by the VFW L.A. Wescott Post 2253 of Cherokee.

Condolences

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the Hiniker family in your time of loss. May God guide, and bless you, through this difficult time. My family (the File's) lived on 8th street until 1977, and I graduated with Jan. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to see that Owen passed away. It was always so good to see him and his family "up the street" when they lived Main St.
He would stop and visit my Mom and Dad when they were sitting on their porch. A very nice man and a wonderful family.
Jean (Hyndman) McKinney (Staver and Mary)”
- Jean (Hyndman) McKinney
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“OWEN WAS SUCH A DEAR SWEET MAN, ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE HIM WHETHER AT THE BRIGHTSIDE OR MY OFFICE. I DIDNT HEAR OF HIS PASSING UNTIL AFTER THE FUNERAL, SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY!”
- Peg Hinkhouse
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“so sorry to hear the passing of ure daddy, husband, grandfather. he was a kind gentle man, remember him when he came in the grocery store, always made my day to see his smile or a kind word. thoughts and prayers are with ya'll. god bless”
- lora mc murrin
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our hearts go out to the family. Owen will be missed by all that knew him.”
- Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Hanson
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our condolences for the family of Owen...what a great friend.”
- Dennis and Donna Henrich
Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy to your family with Owen's passing. I pray that the fond memories you hold dear of Owen will sustain you through the days that lie ahead. Keeping your family in my prayers at this difficult time and praying for peace and comfort for your aching hearts. ”
- Lori Lochner
Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Eileen and Family - We were saddened, this afternoon, to learn of Owen's passing. We enjoyed many vsits over the years. He and I established a special bond ushering for mass at IC. He will be remembered as a good, decent and nice man and our lives are all better for having known him. I wish I could be there tomorrow to honor him by ushering at his funeral mass. Stuart and Colleen Smith ”
- Stuart Smith
Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our condolences to Owens family he will be greatly missed.”
- Harry and Rita Burkhardt
Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Linda and family, our prayers are with you at this time. ”
- Kathy K. Brockman
Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Linda and family - so sorry to read of your father's passing. We will continue to uplift your family in our thoughts and prayers. Mark & Pat Kirby”
- Pat Kirby
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