Lynn Walter Hinnefeld


Lynn Walter Hinnefeld, 94, passed away peacefully at Hoosier Christian Village of Brownstown, Indiana, on Sunday, March 18.

Funeral services, conducted by Zabel Funeral Home, will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Brownstown, on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jeremy Yeadon officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery of Brownstown.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Zabel Funeral Home of Brownstown and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Lynn Hinnefeld was born December 27, 1923, on a farm just west of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wegan, to Walter Hinnefeld and Amelia (VonDielingen) Hinnefeld. On April 10, 1948, Lynn married Wilma (Melloncamp) Hinnefeld, who preceded him in death on May 6, 2011.

Lynn attended Wegan Lutheran School and the Slygo School, and he graduated from Brownstown High School in 1942. He studied agriculture and biology at Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1946. After teaching for a year at Oaktown in Knox County, he returned to Brownstown, where he taught agricultural science to returning World War II veterans and then taught high school courses in agriculture, biology, chemistry, and physics for nearly 40 years.

Lynn was an active member, officer and elder at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Brownstown. He served on the board of directors of the Brownstown Public Library, advocating for the building of the current library building. He was also a long-time volunteer at the Jackson County History Center, where he enjoyed helping many visitors seeking genealogical records and information about their Jackson County ancestors.

Lynn was a dedicated member of the Brownstown Exchange Club for many years, faithfully attending Tuesday morning breakfast meetings; helping at festivals, food booths, and pancake breakfasts; and photographing events and assembling scrapbooks. In 2016 he received the Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award.

During summers off from teaching and for 10 years after his retirement from teaching, Lynn was a part-time employee of the Jackson County REMC. In the earlier years of their retirement, Lynn and Wilma enjoyed spending time with their children and their eight grandchildren, as well as traveling. Throughout his life Lynn enjoyed photography, genealogy, and playing bridge and euchre.

Lynn remembered his many former students fondly, and loved being told “I had you in school!” He enjoyed listening to Friday night football games on the radio and teasing friends who were IU fans when Purdue had a winning streak.

Survivors include four children, Steve Hinnefeld (Theresa Malone), Stuart Hinnefeld (Susan Hinnefeld), Jerry Hinnefeld (Suzanne Hinnefeld), and Joyce Hinnefeld (Jim Hauser); eight grandchildren, Peter, Amelia, Kevin, Andrew, Edward, Henry, and William Hinnefeld and Anna Hauser; and four great-grandchildren, Maya and Charlie Hinnefeld, Spyridon Stratigos and Leo Hinnefeld. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 64 years, and a sister, Janet Kaufman.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Jackson County History Center.

Family members would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Hoosier Christian Village for their care of both Lynn and Wilma Hinnefeld.