John E. Hinkle Sr

John E. Hinkle Sr., age 87, of Harborcreek, passed away Monday, June 4, 2018. He was born in Erie on December 3, 1930, son of the late Merle and Dorothy Hinkle.

John was a career veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. His tenure was during WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He went from active duty to the reserves, where he was the Commander of the National Guard CO of Erie Armory on East 6th Street. Following his retirement, John worked as a volunteer driver for the VA Hospital and the Shriners Hospital. He was a life member of the American Legion Carl Neff Post 571 and served for many years as the Commander of the Honor Guard. John was also a life member of the North East VFW Post 4789 and the Zem Zem Temple of Honor.

John is survived by his wife, Shirley Hoffman Hinkle; two sons, John E. Hinkle, Jr. and Kenneth N. Hinkle; two stepchildren, Kathleen L. Potter (Sheldon) and Melody A. McGill (Steven); two sisters, Carol Gregory (David) and Shirley Wagner (Arthur); grandchildren, Christin Hinkle, Todd Ellwood, Jessica Schreckengost-Kalstrom, Erik Stewart, Dana Stewart and Carrissa Zinchini; two great-grandchildren, Shayne and Naomi; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death his first wife, Shirley Hinkle; two stepsons, Arthur and Donald Hoffman; and many brothers and sisters.

Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 2607 Buffalo Rd., on Friday from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm and are invited to attend a Funeral Service there on Saturday at 11 am conducted by Rev. Karen Thompson of Faith Lutheran Church. Military Honors will follow at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery conducted by Carl Neff Post 571. Memorial contributions may be designated to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.

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