James Dale Hinman, age 66 of Miles City passed away on April 18th after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born November 28th, 1954 in Sauk Center Minnesota to Richard and Eunice (Weinand) Hinman. Growing up in Minnesota Jim was a Boy Scout and he played football and wrestled through high School. At the age of 16 after his father passed away, Jim’s uncle, Keith Hinman brought him to the Lewistown area for a hunting trip. He fell in love with Montana and said he would be back. After graduating from Melrose High School, Jim went to work at a Dairy farm and KRAFT. He then moved, keeping his word and around 1976 he made Montana his home.
Jim married Paula Viall/Warford in Miles City. With this union they were blessed with five children: Denell, Eva, Weston, Amanda and Catherine “Buck”. The couple later divorced.
Jim worked for Paula’s father Oris Warford where he found his passion for masonry. Jim owned and operated Hinman Masonry & Construction, here in Miles City and was a very accomplished bricklayer. Infact, Jim would say he was the best brick mason in 5 counties. His work can be found throughout Montana. The majority of it, here in Miles City. Throughout his years he has had many apprentices that would learn his trade and carry on his work, which he is very proud of. Later on, in his career he added consulting and radon mitigation business, Radon Bee Gone to his work portfolio. He was a consultant for Hardisty Real Estate for over 40 years. Jim was an incredibly hard worker and tried his hardest to work till the day he died.
Jim enjoyed big game hunting, bird hunting and fishing with longtime friends Mike Jarrett and Monte reder. Jim was involved with a Masonic Temple here in town, holding special positions in the Yellowstone Masonic lodge #26 Lodge beginning in 1978. In the past serving as Lodge Master and worshipful master. Jim was a member of the Custer County Democratic Central committee and was a strong supporter of democratic politics and events and would often meet with the support candidates through the years.
Jim was a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan. The hard times of being in the hospital ,chemo and radiation never kept him from watching his team.
Jim is preceded in death by his father Richard Hinman Grandparents Art & Eva (Close) Hinman, Albert & Lucy ( Heinen) Weinand, granddaughter Molly Grace Strecher and all his well-loved Labrador Bird dogs; Diamond, Shadow, Joe Bob, Simon and Dutch.
Jim is survived by his children: Denell Hinman of Lewistown, MT, Eva (Phil) Stokes of Havre, MT, Weston (Kim) Hinman of Broadus, MT, Amanda Hinman of Mount Vernon, WA, Catherine “Buck” (Brad) Stecher of Billings, MT, sister Mary (Terry) Mcgovern of Minneapolis, MN, brother Tom (Trudy) Hinman of Northfield MN, mother Eunice Spleiss of Blaine, MN, 17 grandchildren four great-grandchildren and his faithful Labrador Duke.
Jim loved Miles City and he never wanted to leave. With the help of his amazing friends Paul and Joann Peterson he was able to live out his final days in the place he loved, with his devoted dog Duke by his side. A very heart felt thank you to holy rosary hospice for great care, also to his good friends Monte, Paul and Bruce for bringing him to Billings for his cancer appointments.
Internment for the family at Knowlton cemetery in Knowlton, MT will take placed at 11:00 prior to the service. The funeral service will be held at Third River fellowship, 2 N . Lake Avenue in Miles City on May 1st at 2:00 pm with the reception to follow at Parker’s, 13th S. 10th Street; at Jim’s request. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.