July 27, 1920 – September 30, 2012

Eldon Hinckley is a cherished father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who filled his 92 years on this earth with service to his country, his church, and his family. He grew up on his family’s farm near Rexburg, Idaho, where he learned the value and blessing of hard work. He was an accomplished track athlete in high school and at Ricks College. He served as a Marine in WWII and was a Major in the Army (116th Engineer Combat Battalion) during the Korean War. Eldon was a federal Postal Inspector for 20 years, working and living in Escanaba, Michigan, for 3 years, Rockford, Illinois, and Des Plaines, Illinois, for 17 years. After retiring, he built his home in Highland, Utah, to be close to his family. He served as Highland City’s first Justice of the Peace from 1981 to 1990.

He married Ella Mae Groom in the Logan Temple on June 30, 1942. Together, they raised their five children and later enjoyed many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eldon tenderly cared for Ella Mae at their home during the last years of her life until she passed eight years ago, just after they celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Eldon was a hard worker and did everything with dedication and an eye to perfection. He was very much a people person and everyone enjoyed his companionship. Eldon loved family gatherings and outings and willingly participated in any adventure. He never missed an opportunity to attend a family event whether it was down the street or in another state. He also loved gardening, travel, and driving all over the country in his Lincoln Town Car.

Eldon had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and served in Church callings throughout his life. He enjoyed serving as branch president in Marquette, Michigan; in the bishopric of the Rockford, Illinois, ward; and as high councilor in the Chicago Wilmette Stake. From 1990 to 1991, Eldon and Ella Mae served a full-time mission at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Eldon is survived by a loving and devoted family—his five children, Elsyne (John) Logli, Kent (Barbara), Layne (Lynda), Jennilyn (Dean) Hull, and Richard (Barbara) and their 18 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

Viewing's will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 N. 900 E., American Fork, Utah (8 blocks north of the Timpanogos Temple) and at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, at the Highland 9th Ward Chapel, 11162 N. Alpine Highway (5300 West), Highland, Utah. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Highland City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the LDS General Temple Patron Assistance Fund.

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