July 27, 1920 – September 30, 2012
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.