WO1 William "Bill" C. Hinkle was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/12/2019 at the age of 90.0
Nampa, ID
Flight Class 64-7W
Date of Birth 12/10/1929
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with A/227 AVN 1 CAV in 65-66, 205 ASHC in 68-69
This information was provided by Sammie Williams = obit

More detail on this person: William Clyde Hinkle was born December 10, 1929 in Pennsylvania. He passed away December 12, 2019 after completing an amazing journey in this world full of adventure and accomplishment. Now he has rejoined Norma, his wife of more than 60 years and his son Bill Jr., who passed away in 2016. Bill Sr. is survived by his daughter, Linda Treadwell and two sons, Gary and Bob. He has 9 grandchildren and a bunch of great grandchildren. Bill joined the Air Force at 19 years old and became a crew chief on B-52s. He married Norma at 20 years old and they started a family of "Military Brats" changing addresses every two years. Bill was a civilian pilot in his 20s and when the Vietnam War heated up, he seized the opportunity to change to the Army and become a military helicopter pilot. He served two tours in Vietnam, one year in Hueys and one year in Chinooks. His first retirement at 40 years old was followed by a second career flying Hueys for the EPA at first and then flying fixed wing aircraft for the Department of Interior. Bill and Norma moved to Boise in 1978 for work with the office of Aircraft Services. They finally quit moving around the world and called Boise "Home". The third and final career Bill had was to start a small flight school at the Caldwell airport. His business, `Hinkle Aviation', has turned out 100s of pilots in the Treasure Valley since he started it in 1998. Bill lived and breathed for aviation, it defined who he was. If you would like to make a memorial donation, I recommend you buy an intro flight for a friend or family member to expose them to his world.

Burial information: Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens , Meridian, ID

This information was last updated 12/23/2019

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