John Henry Hinck, born Feb. 24, 1936, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 18, 2020 as a result of a pulmonary embolism.
John was raised in DeWitt and was always extremely proud of his Iowa roots. He remained close to his childhood friends who continued to be an important part of his life throughout the years until the very end. He attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon. While attending Cornell, John played for the school’s basketball, football, track and field and baseball teams. He earned his teaching degree in 1958.
Upon graduation John proudly served in the U.S. Marines.
In 1959, John accepted a teaching position at East Aurora School District 131, Aurora, Illinois. His initial assignment included teaching junior high and high school math, as well as physical education. He relished the years he coached basketball for East Aurora High School. While at East Aurora School District, John also attended Bradley University earning his master’s degree. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1975. John served as Superintendent of Schools at East Aurora from 1975-1978. His support and passion for the East Aurora School District never waned.
After leaving East Aurora School District, John worked as interim superintendent for a number of school districts, too numerous to mention, to assist those districts in a state of transition. He finished his professional career serving as Superintendent of Schools at Niles Township High District 219 in Skokie, Illinois in 1992.
John was an avid sports fan — with an encyclopedic memory for player stats and important sporting events — impossible to be matched by anyone. He loved the Milwaukee Braves, Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.
In retirement, he traveled extensively with his wife, Trudy Justesen. They loved going to Arizona to watch the Milwaukee Brewers during their Spring Training baseball games. John made his first overseas trips with Trudy visiting her native Germany. Another memorable vacation included a trip to Paris and Normandy, France.
John is survived by his loving wife Trudy Justesen, sister, Vicki Nauss. He was adored by his children and grandchildren: son, Jerry Hinck (Theresa) Thea and Grace; son, Paul Hinck (Claire) Sarah and Abigail; and son, Aidan; and daughter, Mara (Krizek) Kupiec (Lukasz) sons Mason and Logan.
John also had a great, loving relationship with Trudy’s three children and was cherished by her seven grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his infant son, Timothy Joel Hinck; his siblings, Ruth Stoll, Cordy Dieter, Paul Hinck, and Joel Hinck. And wives Janet (England) Hinck and Dale Krizek.
Cremation has taken place and interment will be private. A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in John’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army.