Lester Leon Hinshaw

March 23, 1927 ‒ February 20, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

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.




  • i just want you to know that i met les thru fran. she and i went to alanon together. my daughter one did a report on les for her high school class. he was so kind to her. she met his but was so bashful she wrote the questions and he filled things out for her. she got an A by the way. give my love to fran and i am so sorry for your losss. i lost my husband in oct. and its is hard

  • Les has been a fine uncle. I respected and admired him. He loved Aunt Frankie and their family and he loved the Johnson family. He was always there at the holiday gatherings and reunions. He and Frankie put together a fine book of history about the Johnson and Coldiron families that I read all the time and will always treasure. Much information about our family would have been lost if it were not for he and Aunt Frankie’s efforts. He was a wonderful guy and always had time for an interesting conversation. He was a true journalism professional. I will miss him.

  • I worked in the same Department as Les at Battelle for some years. Hard working and cheerful. He will be missed.

  • So sorry to learn of your loss, Chris, Sally, and Family. I have been blessed to have known your family and my prayers are with all of you.
    Mary Carroll