Milton W. Hinz, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at Newton Presbyterian Manor. He was born May 28, 1923, in Corn, Okla., to Benjamin B. and Marie (Nachtigal) Hinz. On March 18, 1944, he married Ruby L. Flaming in Clinton, Okla., and she survives of the home. Milton was a member of the Grace Community Church in Newton and retired as a custom harvester.
Milton grew up on the family farm in Oklahoma and was not shy about sharing his memories of the hard work of farming he had growing up, including his story of using a single blade plow and horse to cultivate the ground to grow cotton and corn. Milton graduated from Corn High School and attended Southwestern Tech College in Weatherford, Okla. He loved gadgets, was fascinated by the computer and enjoyed learning this new technology.
Milton was a man of great faith, and at the age of 15 accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He was baptized at the First Mennonite Bergthold Church in Oklahoma. Milton?s joy was that of a family man. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many.
He is survived by his wife Ruby of the home; daughters Karen Machock and her husband Joe of Green Valley, Ariz., and Janice Classen and her husband Ray of North Newton; sister Loretta Vinogradov of Lafayette, Calif., and Lenora Nickel of Fresno, Calif. He also is survived by four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Milton was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers and two sisters.
Graveside committal service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Following the committal service, there will be a service of celebration and remembrance at 11 a.m. at Grace Community Church ?fireside room? with Pastors David Reimer and Steve Friesen officiating. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Grace Community Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.