Owen Walter Hiniker, age 88, of Cherokee, passed away Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Cherokee Villa in Cherokee. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. Father Dan Guenther officiated. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee. Visitation was held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There was a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home. Military services was provided at the cemetery by the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253 of Cherokee. The Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home of Cherokee is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
On October 18, 1948, he was united in marriage to Eileen Kellen, at the St. Columba Catholic Church in Iona, MN. Owen worked for 17 years on large scale electrical projects including Gavins Point Dam, various missile bases in Nebraska and Kansas, and the Tennessee Valley Authority dams in Kentucky and Tennessee. They moved to Cherokee in 1965, to help build Wilson Packing Plant. He remained at Wilson's where he worked as an electrician until his retirement in 1987.
Owen had been a member of the IBEW Local 231 for 64 years. He was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, VFW, and the UFCW. He was also an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, boating, woodworking, restoring antique furniture, and having coffee with his buddies. Most of all, Owen enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
On February 1, 2013, Owen passed away at the Cherokee Villa at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Cecelia Hiniker; one brother, Daryl Hiniker; one brother in law, Richard Erickson; and one sister-in-law, Faye Hiniker.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years, Eileen Hiniker; two daughters, Linda Hiniker of Fort Dodge, and Jan (Kenneth) Kistenmacher of Cherokee. One granddaughter, Kristi (Benjamin) Held of Iowa City; one grandson, Keith Kistenmacher of West Des Moines; two great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Edmund Held of Iowa City; two brothers, Loren (Gloria) Hiniker of San Antonio, TX, and Roger (Arvis) Hiniker of Oceanside, CA; two sisters, Marilyn Erickson of Coon Rapids, MN, and Lorraine (Wayne) Mayer of Hoyt Lakes, MN; as well as several nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.