Hertha Emma Margaret Rock was born July 19, 1917, near Colome, S.D., to Fred G. and Anna (Emme) Rock. She was baptized Sept. 2, 1917, at Evangelical Zion Lutheran Church in Colome and confirmed in Winner, S.D., on June 11, 1933.
She attended high school in Winner until her family moved to rural Kingsley in 1935, where she graduated with the class of 1936 at Kingsley High School.
Hertha married Rudolph Frank Hinkhouse, Jr. (Rudy) on Sept. 12, 1940, at Salem Lutheran Church and the couple made their home on the family farm in rural Correctionville. Rudy passed away Nov. 8, 1970. Hertha moved to the town of Correctionville in 1976. She worked at Younkers in Sioux City from 1966 to 1982, retiring after 16 years.
In her retirement Hertha devoted herself to the service of others in the name of Jesus Christ. Hertha was a lifelong member of the Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, holding various offices, and Salem's quilt group, sewing hundreds of quilt tops for mission dispersal and gifts for graduates of Salem Lutheran Church. Hertha baked the communion bread for church for several decades. She enjoyed traveling, having visited both the West and East coasts and took trips to Washington, California, New York, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Ohio, Colorado, and Florida, often traveling with her daughter Carol and granddaughter Lisa. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing and quilting, golfing, crocheting, and baking. Everyone will miss her homemade cinnamon rolls and apple crisp.
Hertha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy, an infant daughter, Janet Lorraine; brothers, Albert, Martin and William Rock; sisters, Ella Hopp Meisner, Clara Rippke, Martha Van Norman, and Mildred Weidner; sons-in-law, Clayton Welch and Gary Boykin; nephews, Duane Hopp and Brent Rock; and special friend Dick Deeds.
Hertha will be lovingly remembered by her children, daughters Carol Welch of Akron, Jane Prueher (Lee) of Racine, Wis., Georga Bray (Tom) of Lady Lake, Fla., and Berni Boykin of Aurora, Colo.; sons Tim Hinkhouse of Bassett, Neb., and Richard Hinkhouse (Peggy) of Cherokee; her grandchildren Hannibal Bray, Aaron Bray (Julie), Heather (Hinkhouse) Hill (Rick), Heath Hinkhouse (Kim), Holly Hinkhouse, Lisa Welch, Sam Hinkhouse, and Mikki Hinkhouse; her great-grandchildren Trey, Terah and Troy Boykin, Taylor and Kayton Hinkhouse, and Alexander and William Hill; her sister, Norma Dallen of Federal Way, Wash.; sisters-in-law Hope Stein of Celina, Ohio., and Janice Rock of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews. Hertha will be especially missed by her beloved neighbors Neoma, Randy and Sara Zahnley, who