John Albert Hinchman Sr.

Posted: Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Former Hoonah resident John Albert Hinchman Sr., died Feb. 25, 2009, at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. He was 79.

Born May 19, 1929, in Haines, to Emma Wright and George Hinchman, his Tlingit name was Gooch Shaay. He was an Eagle, Chookaneidi from Xaat Hit (Ice House).

He was a retired highliner commercial fisherman in Alaska and Washington and owned and captained the Johnny A.

He was a lifetime member of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 12 and a past city council member of Hoonah. He was a Sealaska and Hoonah Totem Corp. shareholder and a former member of the Hoonah Totem board of directors. He was active in the Moose Club in Mount Vernon and the American Legion in Sedro-Woolley. He coached the ANB basketball team and was inducted into the Gold Medal Hall of Fame in Juneau.

His greatest joy in retirement was spending time at the casinos, traveling with his wife and seeing his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Alice Hinchman; a son, John Hinchman Jr.; and a step-son, Nick Pfeifer.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Pauline Hinchman, of Sedro-Woolley; two sons, Jerald Hinchman and wife, Natalia, and Andy Gray and wife, Tesh, all of Hoonah; six daughters, Karen Hinchman, Jean Hill and husband, Vern, and Sandra Gonzolas, all of Hoonah, Pam Bogda and husband, David, of Juneau, Joanne McKibbin and companion, Jerry Spaulding, of Sedro-Woolley, and Georgina Eastman, of Portland, Ore.; two step-sons, Dr. Bill Pfeifer and wife, Mary, of Ketchikan, and August Pfeifer and companion, Olivia of La Conner, and a step-daughter, Dani Lou Pfeifer, of La Conner; three brothers, George Martin and wife, Tina, of Hoonah, Philip Martin and wife, Yvonne, of Juneau, and Sam Martin and wife, Roggny, of Sitka; four sisters, Louise Benson, of North Seattle, Marlene Johnson and husband, Dave, of Seattle, and Alice Cooper and Jennie Baldwin, both of Sitka; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in Sedro Woolley at Lemley Chapel with interment to follow at Hawthorne Memorial Park in Mount Vernon, Wash. A reception will follow the services at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center. Memorial services will be March 14 in Hoonah.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or to the Greenewald Scholarship Fund at Hoonah Heritage Foundation, 9301 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801, or to the ANB Camp 12 c/o Mike See, President P.O. Box 253, Hoonah, AK 99829.

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