Richard 'Lee' Hinkel

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Richard “Lee” Hinkel passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, surrounded by his wife, Kymm, and his daughters, Sarah and Brooke. 


Lee was born April 8, 1949, to Richard and Kathryn Hinkel of Marquette. After graduating from Mar-Mac High School in 1967, he joined the Navy. He then attended Upper Iowa University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree and taught at Mar-Mac in McGregor. He also coached girls varsity basketball and softball and was named Upper Mississippi Valley Conference coach of the year his last two years of coaching. He played softball, sponsored by Starks of Prairie du Chien, for several years, winning many tournaments. Following his teaching years, the family moved to Colorado for 11 years where he worked for Thermal Systems. The family then returned to Waukon in 1991 where he worked for Heartland Windows until 2012, when he retired. He enjoyed his retirement, playing golf and spending time with family and friends. 


He is survived by his wife, Kymm; son, Eric Hinkel; daughters, Sarah (Drew) Hager and Brooke (Steve) Weighner; his eight grandchildren, Kylee, Jadeen and Noah Hager, and Gabriel, Isaac, Elijah, Laila and Jeremiah Weighner; along with many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. 


He was preceeded in death by his parents and a brother, Bruce. 


Visitation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., following the visitation, with Father John Moser serving as officiant. A celebration of life will follow the funeral at Green Valley Getaway, Waukon. A private inurnment will be at a later date.  

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