Lester Leon Hinshaw
March 23, 1927 ‒ February 20, 2016
Lester Leon Hinshaw, age 88, of Delaware, Ohio, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016 at his home. He was born March 23, 1927 in Encino, California, where he lived until age 10, when the family moved to the Pittsboro, Indiana area, and subsequently to Osborn (now Fairfield), Ohio. Les attended Osborn-Bath high school, participating in many sports, lettering in cross country, track, and football. After graduation, he served in the Army Air Corps in Okinawa (’45 – ’46), rising to the rank of sergeant. After his discharge, he returned to the Fairfield area to pursue a career in journalism. At 22, he served briefly as editor of the then-weekly Osborn-Fairfield Herald (now the daily Fairfield Herald).
Subsequently, Les held positions with the Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio State Journal, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, and North American Aviation, ultimately retiring from Battelle Memorial Institute as Public Relations and Community Relations Specialist and News Bureau Manager. While at Battelle, Les also served as president of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA – ‘67) and in 1968 was named PRSA’s Distinguished Practitioner.
Les considered himself an historian and scribe, constantly documenting everything he was involved in. He wrote several organizational histories, including that of the PRSA’s Central Ohio Chapter and a Centennial History of Bellpoint Church (Ohio), of which he was a member for many years. He also collected information on and personal recollections of many family members and preserved them in written and audio form.
As an involved member of the Delaware County community, he was instrumental in the formation of the Buckeye Valley School District, personally writing, publishing, and distributing the Scioto Valley News, a newsletter promoting the consolidation of smaller districts. He was a member of the Buckeye Valley School Board, serving as its president in ’66 and ’69, and was chairman of the Informational Committee of the campaign to establish the Delaware City-County Joint Vocational School. Les was also on call 24/7 as a member of the Concord Township Volunteer Fire Dept.
During his lifetime, Les composed over 200 original songs and thousands of limericks. As a cast member and songwriter for the Press Club of Ohio’s Gridiron Show he was awarded the cast’s “Hambone Award” for his many contributions.
Les is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Frances (“Frankie”), sons, Chris (Sally) and Lynn (Sue) Hinshaw, and grandchildren, Corey (Chrysee) Hinshaw, Sierra (Logan) Dunne, and Heidi (Frank) Salierno, and was preceded in death by daughter, Rebecca Hinshaw.
Calling hours will be held at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center (1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr, Delaware, Ohio 43015) on Monday, February 29 from 5:00 to 6:30pm, with a memorial service at 6:30pm.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Hinshaw Family and condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.