Our Dad, Jack F. Hinerman, 87 years old, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on January 7, 2021.
He was born on November 19, 1933 in Woodland, WV. Raised on a family farm without electricity or running water during the Great Depression, as a child Dad farmed with draft horses and cut timber with a manual crosscut saw.
Dad joined the US Army when he was 17 years old and became a decorated, Airborne combat veteran in the Korean War. He returned home to continue in the timber business with his father and brothers. In 1957 he married his Sweetheart, “Ruthie,” with whom he dedicated the rest of his life to raising a family and creating an incredible catalog of priceless memories. While still in his 20s, Dad cut the timber and milled the logs that he used to build a beautiful, custom home complete with rough-cut hardwood cathedral ceilings.
Dad was truly a “Jack of all trades.” As his family grew, Dad became a pipefitter by trade, working thirty years as a skilled member of Pipefitters Union LU 495 on innumerable power plants and refineries all over the eastern United States. Dad was also a welder, truck driver, heavy equipment operator, mechanic, electrician, plumber, mason, and carpenter. Additionally, he was entrepreneur partnering with his father, brother, nephews, and sons in saw mill, timber, excavating, pipe lines, and coal mines. However, the two jobs he most enjoyed were conducting “hot welds” which required both skill and dedication and cutting timber. In fact, after retiring from the Pipefitters Union, he returned to the logging business with his brother, Robert Hinerman, and nephew, Steve Hinerman.
Jack was a devoted man of faith, giving generously of his time and talents to various churches and charities. He played guitar for worship services for over fifty years. As a multi-instrumentalist, song writer and singer, he recorded one full album and two single records of original songs, and proudly served over twenty years as guitarist and singer for the Country Crossroads Band.
He was a champion trap shooter and avid outdoorsman and he loved to travel. He took his family on vacations through nearly all of the lower 48 states and Canada. We visited Disneyland in California and marveled at the giant Sequoias, rode a stage coach and caught cutthroat trout in Yellowstone, watched Apollo 11 blast off at Cape Canaveral, Florida, fished for blues in South Carolina, enjoyed a live show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, fished for northern pike in Canada, and watched the sun set over Mount Rushmore, among innumerable other travels and adventures including a trip to Japan with Mom.
The quintessential perfectionist, there were no quick fixes with Dad; everything he did he did right the first time or not at all, never settling for “good enough.” His work ethic, integrity and innate tenacity inspired his children to set worthwhile goals and work diligently to achieve success.
As a devoted husband, Dad took his wedding vows to heart, ceaselessly dedicating himself to God and to the love of his life, “Ruthie,” with whom he created a loving, supportive home and family. He and Mom were an exemplary team, sharing the highs and lows of life with resolute love and compassion. As a father, Dad exercised boundless patience, kindness and consistency in teaching by example the most important lessons of life. When Dad spoke, we knew intuitively that he meant what he said, and that what he said was best for our entire family.
Through Dad’s faith and unwavering honesty, he was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, Orval & Ellen Hinerman, his older siblings Wilda Conner, Buzz Hinerman, Norma Lee Willis, Lonnie Hinerman, and infant sister Margarite Hinerman, plus many friends who went before him. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ruth Ann “Ruthie” (Utter) Hinerman, and his children: Jackie (Ken) Cunningham, Bud (Karen) Hinerman, Bill (Andrea) Hinerman, and Becky Hinerman. He was a loving Pap to Beau (Danielle) Martin, Justin (Leslie) Hinerman, Amanda (Ray) Creede, Taylor (Katey) Zink, Callie Poling and Kobe Poling, and great-grandchildren Annie, Jack, and Jordyn Martin, Otto and Ivan Hinerman, Silas”The Blue Tractor Dude” and Macie RaeAnn Creede. Dad is also survived by his younger brother, Robert D. (Cheryl) Hinerman of Blacksville, WV and many nieces and nephews whom Dad loved immeasurably.
For those wishing to pay respects to Dad and the family, viewing will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, WV.
“Woop, woop, woop!” as dad would say, do not enter the funeral home without a mask. In accordance with the West Virginia guidelines and the wishes of the family, masks are required at the viewing and at the service. We sincerely regret that due to the present circumstances, we cannot offer a bereavement dinner after the service.
For those who cannot attend Dad’s services in person, but would like to view the service remotely, please click here- https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/41711879.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023, or online by clicking here- www.TMCfunding.com.
AT THE FAMILY’S REQUEST, PLEASE NO HANDSHAKES OR HUGS, JUST PRAYERS.
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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