July 5, 1947-Nov. 24, 2017
John Amber Hinther ended his earthly journey and started his spirit journey on Nov. 24, 2017. John’s death was due to Agent Orange Lung Cancer and Emphysema.
John was born on July 5, 1947 in Cut Bank, MT to Constance Marvel Eby Hinther and Hilmer Benjamin Hinther. He joined an older brother Arlie Ray Hinther and four years later came his little “pister” Margie Ann which completed the family.
John’s childhood was spent in Cut Bank, MT, Jordan, MT and Sacramento, CA. He graduated 8th grade at Winkler County School and Cut Bank High School in 1966. John then spent a year at Bozeman, Montana State College.
John and Donna Petersen were married in October of 1967 and he entered the Army in December of 1967. John was proud to be a Vietnam Veteran doing one tour as Crew Chief on a Huey Helicopter. Upon his state side return, he was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA training Vietnam Pilots.
Upon leaving the Army he and Donna moved to Prairie Island, MN where he helped build the Nuclear Power Plant as an Apprentice Carpenter. Then off to Phoenix, AZ for Flight School, up to Cornell, WI to work on refurbishing a dam, then back to God’s country, Montana, working for Sletten Construction, partnering in a gravel crushing business, driving truck for Dick Irving and finally as a Maintenance Supervisor at Graymont Lime Plant in Townsend for 20 years.
John and Donna divorced in 1983. In September of 1985, John and his loving companion, Vonnie Jenkins, were blessed with a son, Daniel John Hinther. John and Donna remarried in 1988 living in Townsend, MT since then.
John’s favorite music is Country Western and his favorite artist is Waylon Jennings whom he saw in concert in 1969 in Savannah, GA. His favorite color is pink; please wear pink in his memory even if you cannot attend the memorial service. John’s favorite drink is CC-7 heavy on the CC! But his most favorite event was watching his son skate and play Hockey. John enjoyed life and entertaining. Ask his friends about Hinther’s Fall Camp and Banana pancakes, both were A-One!
Guiding John on his spirit journey is his Higher Power, friends Dale Pearson, Jim Wilson, Bob Wilson; his parents; his brother Arlie Ray; nephew David Benjamin Hinther; most of his Hinther aunts and uncles and all of his Eby aunts and uncles. John is survived by his wife Donna; son Daniel John Hinther and his wife, Tori Smith Hinther; Vonnie Jenkins, Daniels mother; his “pister” Margie Ann Korneychuck and her husband Ken and their son’s Cameron and Collin and their wives and children. His special friends Elton Chorney, Rick Holzwarth, Bruce Henderson, Bryon Glassing, Jim Liebetrau, Dave McGee, and Al Johnson; his grandson, David Reed and honorary granddaughter Julia Reed; and his sister-in-law Margaret Hinther and her children Christine, Donna Marie, Teressa, and Travis.
If you want to honor John with a memorial please consider the YWCA, he knew it saves women’s lives; Ronald McDonald House of Spokane, WA; or any children’s organizations. A ‘Thank you’ to the Oncology Departments of the VA Fort Harrison and St. Peter’s Hospital, Fourth Floor Staff at Fort Harrison and the ER Staff and the Hospice of St. Peter’s. Please send condolences to P.O. Box 786, Townsend, MT 59644.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., with a reception to follow the service in the Banquet Hall of the funeral home. Military Honors will be held at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Harrison following the reception. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of John.