Robert Hinman

Posted: Monday, October 09, 2000

Robert A. "Bob" Hinman, 72, of Juneau, died Sept. 22, 2000, in Wenatchee, Wash., after a long battle with cancer.

He was born April 23, 1928, in Palisade, Minn., to Fred and Daisy Hinman. He grew up during the depression along the banks of the Mississippi River. After short stays in Oroville and Ephrata, Wash., his family moved to East Wenatchee in 1945. He graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1946 and Wenatchee Valley College in 1949. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and became a scoutmaster, forming Troop 32 in Wenatchee.

He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and received his bachelor's degree in wildlife management in 1954. In 1955 he married Mildred (Mickey) Johnson of Glendive, Mont. Following service in the Army at Fort Richardson, he enrolled in Utah State University for graduate studies and worked as a conservation agent for the Utah Fish and Game Department. He received his master's degree in 1960.

In 1965 he returned to Alaska to work as a biologist in the Kenai Peninsula area for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He was appointed Regional Game Supervisor in 1967 and returned to Fairbanks with his family. He held the position until 1976 when he moved to Juneau as the deputy director of the Game Division. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1987.

He continued his involvement in fish and game issues after retirement. He served on the board of the Alaska Outdoor Council and the Territorial Sportsmen. He was a licensed pilot and flew extensively in Alaska and throughout the western states. He was also a licensed charter boat captain and spent several summers taking out fishing and whale-watching parties in Juneau.

His family said he will be remembered for his unfailing sense of humor, his vast knowledge and love of poetry much of which he had memorized and his knowledge of plants and animals. He had a variety of interests including genealogy, Western books and computers.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by three sons, Charles Hinman of Bellevue, Wash., and David Hinman and Michael Hinman of Anchorage; daughter Rebecca Hinman, granddaughter Shannon Hinman of Juneau, three sisters, Eileen Labell of Tacoma, Wash., Norma Gloyn of East Wenatchee and Beverly Slater of Shelton, Wash.; and two brothers, Don Hinman of East Wenatchee and Herb Hinman of Juneau.

Memorial services were held Saturday at the Chapel by the Lake in Juneau. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Territorial Sportsman, P.O. Box. 20761, Juneau, AK 99802 or to the Alaska Outdoor Council, P.O. Box 73902, Fairbanks, AK 99707-3902.

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