James Kenneth Hinkle

November 12, 1947June 15, 2018

Mr. James K. Hinkle, 70, of Greencastle, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018.

He was born November 12, 1947 in Greencastle, the son of Kenneth Hinkle and Pauline (Neeley) Blake. He married Gladys Lucille Doan on August 27, 1970. Although the couple divorced after 30 years of marriage, they remained close until Gladys’ death in 2013.

James was a United States Army veteran, having served two tours in Vietnam and retiring from the Indiana National Guard with the rank of First Sergeant.

He retired after 25 years with the Milturn Corp., where he worked as a tool and die maker. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and V.F.W, Greencastle.

James was preceded in death by his parents, his ex-wife, his brothers, Lemuel “Buck”, Winfield, Paul and George Patterson, and his brother-in-law, Delbert Doan.

He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (husband, Drew) Brattain; sister, Nelda (husband, David) Shoemaker; brothers, Carl “Joe” Hinkle and Richard (wife, Cheryl) Blake; sisters-in-law Glenna Doan Owens and Vicky McCombs; brothers-in-law Max (wife, Debby) Doan and Roger Doan; and grandchildren, Elijah Drew Brattain and Hannah Pauline Brattain; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services with military honors will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home have been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Vicki Wallace

June 23, 2018

Kim, Drew, Elijah, Hannah and Family - we just heard about your Dad. We are so sorry for your loss. We have so many good memories over the years. Your Dad, Mom and you were GREAT neighbors! We were so blessed to have you as next door neighbors and friends. Your family will always hold a special place in our hearts. No doubt your Dad and Mom have reunited with my Daddy. We love you, xoxo...Bev Bruce; Vicki (Bruce), Dave, Bret and Lindsay Wallace; Jeff, AJ, Emily and Megan Bruce 💔🙏🏻

Tom and Carol Emery

June 22, 2018

Dear Kim and Drew,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. It has seemed such a short time since we knew your father as an engaging, friendly, interested parent with the same problems and concerns when we were so actively involved in parenting at the same time at Northeast School. He was always a kind and concerned presence, always willing to help and we wanted you to know we were thinking of you as you work through your loss and memories. We send our love.
Tom and Carol Emery

Todd Norris

June 21, 2018

1SG Hinkle was a great leader who taught me a great deal. He was tough and no-nonsense. He was epitome of an NCO. God rest your soul 1SG.
LTC Todd Norris

Marilyn Johnson

June 19, 2018

Rest In peace Jimmie. You will always be loved and missed. Prayers and sympathy to the family. Love you cuz.

Connie Dickey Freeman

June 19, 2018

So very sorry for your loss.I pray God's peace for your family. God Bless you all!💜