William Clarence Hinman, 71, of New Hartford, NY died unexpectedly on April 11, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born in Utica on February 20, 1945, a son of the late William H. and Margaret P. Hinman and was a 1963 graduate of Chadwicks Union Free School. Bill furthered his education at SUNY Delhi, graduating in 1965.
He served his country as a member of the Army National Guard, Company C, First Battalion,108th Infantry from 1965 to1971 and was discharged as a Staff Sergeant E6.
On July 8, 1975, Bill and Wanda L. Walker were united in marriage in the Willowvale Methodist Church.
His working career included Hinge Construction and later General Electric, Martin Marietta and finally Lockheed Martin from where he retired in 2005.
Bill was a talented woodworker and always had a project in the works.
Since he was a young boy, he spent many enjoyable years with his family in Eagle Bay and Old Forge.
Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather, or “Pop” and “Grandpa Bill” as his grandchildren lovingly called him. They enjoyed the times spent with him and he thoroughly enjoyed just watching them play.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 41 years, Wanda, his two sons and daughters-in-law; William and Kristina Hinman of Frankfort and Raymond and Sarah Hinman of Sauquoit; his five cherished grandchildren: Samantha Grace, William Cole, Nathan Paul, Emma Rae and Thomas James; his brother and sister in law James and Barbara Hinman of Sauquoit; his aunt Charlotte Pylman; his nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Bill’s funeral service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sauquoit Valley United Methodist Church, 2946 Mohawk St. in Sauquoit. Interment will be in Sauquoit Valley Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Friday from 4-7 at the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St. Sauquoit.
In Bill’s memory, please consider donations to the Sauquoit Valley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 101, Sauquoit, NY 13456, the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St. Utica, NY 13502 (www.stevens-swan.org), the Sauquoit Valley Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 30, Washington Mills, NY 13479 or a charity of choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To view Bill’s online memorial, please go to: www.smith-funeralhome.com