Byron Hinman, 96, of Carter, S.D., passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Carter Full Gospel Church in Carter. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. There will be a visitation on Friday, October 4, from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner.
Byron Bice Hinman was born on December 18, 1916, to Byron Delatus and Edna Mae (Bice) Hinman on their farm near Yankton, S.D., and in the same house in which his father was born. When he was three years old the family moved to Tripp County, living west of Winner. He worked on the family farm from an early age. He graduated from Winner High School in 1935. It was then that the family moved to northwest Tripp County where he resided until his death on September 24, 2013, after a brief hospitalization at the age of 96. He met the love of his life, Ardath Hakl, and they were married July 2, 1950. Four children, Beverly, Barbara, Marianne and Maurice were born to the family.
Byron was very active in the community, serving as treasurer of Curlew Township for many years and as a school board member. He served a five-year term on the South Dakota Board of Education. He was on the board of directors of the Winner Baptist Hospital and served 17 years on the board of directors of the Ranchers National Bank. On the farm, he emphasized conservation practices; he served on the Tripp County Weed Board. He was an active member of the S.D. Stockgrowers. He was a lifelong Republican who never failed to vote. Byron’s involvement in his church, Carter Gospel Fellowship, was very important to him, as were Gideon’s International and helping with the Billy Graham crusade in Winner in 1969.
Family was always a high priority for Byron. He was a devoted husband, married to Ardath for 63 years. Byron and Ardath attended many state and national Farm Bureau Conventions together, where they made many friends. They traveled to Brazil twice to visit family. Their camper was parked at the State Fair nearly every year, and they took several other trips, even traveling to Alaska in 1993.
He is survived by his wife, Ardath; daughters Beverly (Duane) Tate, of Mission; Barbara (Jerry) Chauncey of Carter; Marianne (David) Kruse of Interior; and son Maurice (Debra) Hinman of Carter; grandchildren: Bethany (Tate) and Jon Sieg, Sarah (Tate) and Jamie Fry, Stephanie (Chauncey) and Bill Hines, Todd and Janine Chauncey; Maria (Kruse) and Jay Bong, Julie Kruse, Andrea (Kruse) and Brett Kunnari, Wendy (Hinman) and David Stiegelmeier; Craig and Kayla Hinman, and Casey Hinman; seventeen great-grandchildren as well as a host of relatives and friends.