Donna B. Hinen, 85, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2019 at Signature Care. Born May 17, 1934 in Huntington County, she was the daughter of Harley Arlo Sheets and Mary C. (Hine) Beaver.
She was raised in Jefferson Township in rural Whitley County where she attended Jefferson Center High School. Donna then attended Ravenscroft Beauty College. On November 4, 1950 she married Harry J. Hinen in Roanoke. In 1979, she and Harry moved to Angola before moving to North Fort Meyers in 1992. After her husband passed in 2006 and son Jim passed in 2009, she moved back to Indiana. She was a cook at various truck stops and golf courses, including the Angola Golf Course for over 10 years. Donna had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Roanoke and Angola.
Survivors include her daughters, Jackie (David) McKee of Fort Wayne and Cathy Pippin of Bristol, Virginia; sons, Joseph (Deb) Hinen of Auburn and Richard Hinen of Kingsport, Tennessee; sister, Gloria Hobbs of Larwill; and 75 grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry Hinen Sr.; daughters, Tamara Hinen and Connie Gordon; son, Harry James Hinen, Jr.; and grandsons, Harley Davidson Pippin and Rob Minnick.
A gathering of family and friends will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus officiating. She will be entombed at Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Donna's memory to Riley Hospital for Children. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send her family condolences online.
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I loved going to Uncle Harry and Aunt Donnie's for the annual Labor Day campout as a kid! I used to think the peach bathroom was for a princess because it was so big and the bathtub had curtains. They were the first people I knew who had an in ground pool AND a pond. I was in awe at the diving skills of some of the men. Playing airhockey downstairs and pinball in the polebarn with my Hinen cousins are some of my favorite childhood memories. The one thing I will always remember Aunt Donnie every time I see it is tapioca pudding. She made the absolute best I've ever eaten!!
My deepest sympathy for all of the family.
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Sincere sympathy for family and friends on the loss of Donna Belle. She held a special place in my heart as my God Mother.
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
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