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Prince I. Hinkle

July 15, 1931 — November 3, 2017

Prince I. “Dick” Hinkle, 86, of Oscoda, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 3, 2017 at his home, in the arms of his three daughters, surrounded by his family nearby and in spirit. Born July 15, 1931 to John E. and Nellie M. (Wilder) Hinkle in Pennington Gap, VA, he was raised in Harlan KY. Prince joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and served in 14 countries around the world during his time in the military including Korea and Vietnam. He participated as a member of the U.S. Air Force at the Presidential Inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. He was a Weapon Squad Team Leader, leading tactical maneuvers, and was a guard for the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He retired in 1974 from the Air Force and remained in Oscoda, MI, where he sold real estate for many years. He loved gardening, hunting, fishing, and wildlife. He also loved being with his family. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas. Prince is survived by his wife, Nancy, three daughters, LuAnn Tuttle of Oscoda, Rebecca (William) Colby of Tawas and Hannahlora (Francisco) Hinkle-Ayala of Topeka, KS, nine grandchildren, Crystal Riley of Paducah KY, Anna (James) Polash of Merrill MI, Kyle (Ashley) Colby of Midland, MI, Lu Colby of Murray KY, Malia Colby of Port Huron MI, Prince Ayala of Largo FL, and Nathaniel, Isabela, and Margarita Ayala of Topeka KS, three great grandchildren, Evan Perrin, Lauren Burt, and Emma Riley, and his sister, Billie Jo Short, of Harlan KY. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna D. Hinkle, his son-in-law, William Tuttle, and three brothers, John, George, and Bruce Hinkle. Cremation arrangements were made through Gillies Funeral Home, Lincoln. Private memorial services have been held. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Prince I. Hinkle, please visit our flower store.


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