Lacy Carl Hinther

Born to Karl and Alma Lois (Dage) Hinther March 28, 1931 in Jordan, Montana. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to Summit City, California, where his father was employed in the construction of Shasta Dam during the World War II years. During this time, his only sibling, Karla Jean (Hinther) Schiermeister was born. When construction of the dam was completed, the family moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where many of Alma’s relatives lived. Lacy graduated from Roseburg High School, class of 1949. He joined the US Air Forced in July, 1949 and was trained in air craft maintenance. He was assigned to the 60th Troop Carrier Wing, 11th Troop Carrier Squadron at Rhein/ Main Air Force base, Frankfurt, Germany for about two years. He was a flight crew member on a C-82 aircraft during this period. He was discharged from the Air Force at McChord Air Force Base, Washington, with the rank of Staff Sergeant, January 1953. Shortly after discharge he enrolled at Northrop Aeronautical Institute (later named Northrop University) Inglewood, California, where he studied aircraft maintenance with financial help from the GI Bill and completed requirements for the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) Airframe and Power plant Mechanics License and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Certificate. In 1969, he returned to Northrop and completed Bachelor of Science Degree requirements for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. Some 25 years later, he completed requirements for the FAA Private Pilots License. Also, November 28, 1953, he married Neoma Lee Stewart, a resident of Roseburg. She was critical in his completion of school as she earned the family living while Lacy was attending school. Near the end of schooling, September 1955, a daughter, Jeannine Ann (Hinther) Harmon was born. Lacy was employed by a number of aerospace companies such as Boeing, General Dynamics, and United Air Lines on projects such as the B-52 bomber and the Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. During this time, November, 1959, son Karl Lewis Hinther was born. A large lay-off throughout the aerospace industry during the late 1960’s, early 1970’s occurred and Lacy was one of the lay-offs. He was offered employment with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assigned to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Air Pollution Control (KDHE). He later transferred from the EPA to the KDHE to perform the same duties. Lacy remained employed by the KDHE for 24 years. After retirement, Lacy returned to Roseburg and remained there until death. Lacy retained an interest in Aviation History during most of his life. He was an active volunteer in the Combat Air Museum, Topeka, Kansas for about 18 years, primarily in maintaining a number of flyable aircraft. Another almost lifetime interest was long distance touring on large motorcycles. Except for the most eastern United States, he had ridden through the remaining states and two Canadian Providences.

Lacy leaves behind wife Neoma, daughter Jeannine, son Karl, five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. His sincere hope is that these people will remember him with fondness and know that he loved all very much. He wasn’t a member of any church (for reasons he hopes God will accept), but tried to live by the Golden Rule. At his request, no memorial service is to be conducted. His request was to have his ashes scattered near his birthplace Jordan, Montana. Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor’s Family Chapel.

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