Dr. James Sylvester Hiner, 94, of Kenyon, went to be with his Lord on Sept. 21, 2017, at the Cannon Falls Hospital.
He was born to John and Cornelia Hiner in Osage, Iowa, on Dec. 15, 1922. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1940, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and received his wings in 1944 after training at multiple air bases. He was sent to England during WWII, where he flew 25 missions in a B-24 bomber for the 8th Air Force. In 1945, he returned to the USA, piloting his own plane which carried his crew and additional military personnel, landing at Bradley Field in Connecticut. He was to be retrained to fly B-29 bombers in the Pacific when the war ended.
After the war ended, he attended Austin Junior College for a year before transferring to the University of Minnesota College of Dentistry. Upon graduation in 1952, Jim began practicing dentistry in Kenyon for 37 years.
On Aug. 14, 1948, he married Jean Jetson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. They were blessed with four children, Dr. J. Ross (Nancy) Hiner, of Lonsdale, Minn., Kirk J. (Carolyn) Hiner, of Kenyon, Rae Ann (Donald) Swanson, of Monticello, Minn., and Beth R. (Robert) Baribeau, of New Prague, Minn. The grandchildren are John (Emily) Hiner, Krista Hiner, Evan and Jamie Hiner, Caitlin (Beau) Larson, Taylor (Brittney) Swanson, Mitchell (Francie) Swanson, and Jack and Claire Baribeau. Great-grandchildren are Audrey and Thomas Hiner.
Jim stayed very busy in his free time with projects. He built a couple of boats and many pieces of furniture for his family. He was always interested in aviation as a child, building model airplanes. After retiring in 1988, his models became larger, restoring a PT-19 (the first plane he flew in WWII training), and renovated a Beechcraft Bonanza. He and his son have built five experimental aircraft (Zenith 300, CH 750 STOL, RV6, RV10, and a Murphy Rebel Float Plane). He was a lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and attended every single EAA airshow in Oshkosh, Wis. He was an avid reader of books and magazines about WWII, sports and Westerns. Jim loved sports, especially the ones that his kids and grandchildren were in and followed and supported them every step of the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Cornelia Hiner; his stepfather, Albert Temanson; son, Dr. J. Ross Hiner; and many aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jean; his three remaining children; his grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many cousins.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Michaelson Funeral Home in Kenyon and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at church. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenyon, with the Rev. Christopher Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Kenyon Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Kenyon Color Guard.
Memorials preferred to Brain Cancer research, Kenyon Color Guard, First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenyon or the 8th Airforce Museum in Savannah, Ga., in memory of James Hiner.You can find the complete original obituary on this website.