Lyle Hinkle

July 08, 1929 ‒ February 16, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Lyle Hinkle was a devoted servant of Christ.  For nearly the past 50 years he led, counseled, and served in numerous local communities as pastor.  No longer bound by his earthly tent, Lyle Preston Hinkle, 88, of Mansfield, fought the good fight, kept the faith and has now finished his race, after passing away at home Friday afternoon, February 16, 2018.

The son of Howard and Eva May (Comstock) Hinkle, Lyle was born July 8, 1929 in Montpelier, Ohio and graduated from Edon High School.  Lyle served during the Korean War in the Army focusing on counter intelligence.  On March 27, 1953 he was honorably discharged holding the rank of Sergeant.  Just two months later he married Luverne Ruhl in Baltimore, Maryland on June 14, 1953.    In 1959 Lyle was called to the ministry. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 1965.  In 1969, at age 39 he graduated from the Methodist Theological School earning a Master’s Degree in Divinity.  For the next 50 years, Lyle served churches in Perrysville, Bunkerhill, Chesterville, Harmony, Salem, Crestline, Fredericktown, Elyria, Shelby, Adario, Ontario and Lexington.  He earnestly served God as preacher and pastor leaving each church stronger than he found it.

Although Lyle would never boast, he was a talented carpenter.  He crafted custom furniture including dining tables, custom cabinets, decorative display pieces, and toy and cedar chests for his grandchildren.  He enjoyed gardening and tending to his flower beds with Luverne at his side.  Lyle and Luverne were fortunate to travel the world.  Together they visited the Holy Land, Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean.

His wealth was not in the bank, but in family and friends. Lyle will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor.  It seemed he could fit at least one joke in each of his sermons. A man confident in his faith, Lyle looked forward to the day in which he passed from this life to his eternal reward in heaven.

He is survived by his wife Luverne Hinkle of Mansfield; children and their spouses Laura and Ken Correll of Littleton, Colorado, Dr. Larry and Cathy Hinkle of Louisville, Lynne and Albert DeSimone of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Dr. Luke Hinkle and Desiree Moyer of Brewster, Massachusetts; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings Robert Hinkle, Lucille Farnham, and Betty Hinkle.

A worship service celebrating the life of Lyle Hinkle will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1 pm in Lexington Church of the Cross, 236 Otterbein Drive, Lexington, Ohio 44904.  His family will receive friends at the church from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  Pastors Glenn Hamilton, Keith Bohley and Larry Hinkle will officiate.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the Hinkle family with funeral services.  Memorial contributions to Lexington Church of the Cross may be made at the church or through Snyder Funeral Home.

Online condolences to his family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Larry, I am so sorry for your loss. Ken and I will hold you up to our Lord in prayer knowing that His grace will be ever present in your grief.

  • Definitely a servant of the Lord and a man to be remembered. We will be praying for peace for your family.

  • To Luverne and all of Lyle’s family: Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. I have so many precious memories of your years serving Harmony Chapel. Lyle was surely a gifted, loving pastor. May God bless and comfort you in the days ahead. With love, Rick and Laura (Brown) Pearce Mt. Gilead

  • Dear Luverne and family,

    It was my privilege to have Lyle serve as a supervising pastor to a cluster of probationary members in the Norwalk District, of which I was a part. Lyle was kind, patient, and a real source of wisdom for all of us. He had a great sense of humor and a joy for the ministry. I really appreciated him.

    My sympathy to all of you.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Gindlesberger

  • Our thoughts and prayer to your family. We have very fond memories of Lyle from your time at Fredericktown UMC
    Dan & Janet Burden

  • Our family was very blessed to know the Hinkle family when they served the Chesterville UMC. I have very good memories of each of you. Lyle was a true pastor as he knew the needs of everyone and served each in his quiet way. Larry and our son, Jeff were the candle lighters and become good friends. And Luke, a favorite 1st grader who was always creative. The girls were just sweethearts. And Laverne, the perfect pastor’s wife, always putting others first in her quiet way. Lyle served the church when the Presbyterian church merged with the Methodist church making the transition very comfortable. May each of the Hinkle family celebrate the wonderful life of your Husband and Father. God Bless, Pat Ebersole

  • So very sorry for the passing of your loved one. May he rest in peace. Many blessings and prayers to the families.

  • Pastor Larry and family,
    My sincere sympathy to you on your father’s passing. Tho I did not know him, his obituary tells me he was a wonderful man. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  • May the peace and love of Jesus comfort you all during this time as you celebrate Lyle’s life and the many contributions he has made to the life of faith of so many. He was my best friend’s pastor when I was in middle school and he was responsible for bringing her entire family to Christ. It was many years later that I got acquainted with Larry and have enjoyed many years of ministry intertwined in a number of ways. May you know the depth of influence Lyle had on so many and may you be comforted by the fact that he has surely heard the Lord’s commendation, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have many fond memories of Lyle and your family. God bless you.

  • We have many good memories of Lyle and the Hinkle family. Morris remembers playing tennis and making sour kraut with Lyle. His sermons always seemed to be directed to each individual in the congregation. He was a man of God. He always was cheerful and had a good sense of humor. Luverne, you and your family have our deepest sympathy.

  • To Luverne, Lynne & All the Hinkle Family,

    How sad we are to learn of Lyle’s passing.

    Our entire family was privileged to not only meet Lyle and Luverne at Maddy and David’s wedding, but also to share in the blessing of having “Grandpa Lyle” serve as the Minister of The Gospel over their wedding vows and ceremony. How grateful we all are that he was so willing to do that…and what a blessed memory for all of us to cherish.

    We continue to hold your family close in prayer and trust that God’s peace that passes understanding will sustain you and comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Peace and Prayers,
    The Deuth Family

  • Dear Luverne,
    Wayne and I were saddened to hear about Lyle’s passing. He touched our lives while we were at Ontario. Lyle and Wayne share the love to wood and its beauty. We have enjoyed sharing times with you both. May God give you many happy, fun and loving memories to ease your loss. May God give you peace and comfort.
    Love, Pat and Wayne

  • My condolences to Lucerne and family! Many memories come to mind when we were backyard neighbors in Chesterville! Lyle was a great Servant of the Lord! God Bless!

  • Dear Luverne, and family,
    I met you thru our daughters, Lynne and Audrey, who still are friends.
    I know you will miss him but know where he is and celebrate his life
    with you. My condolences on his passing. Kathryn Williams

  • Dear Luverne and family,
    My deepest condolences on Lyle’s passing. He was a friend and an example to everyone he met. I clearly remember how he welcomed me to the Church of the Cross and guided me to our Sunday School class. I am sure that he has now been welcomed into his eternal reward and is at peace. Rod Eslinger

  • Condolences to the family. Lyle was the best pastor I ever had and later became a mentor whose influence is with me to this day. He was truly a man after GOD’ S HEART who mentored people after Gods heart.

  • We send our sympathy yet rejoice in the life of a wonderful man. Our families shared many memories, both of days in Chesterville and Fredericktown. Our prayers for peace and comfort are with you at this time.

  • Dear Luverne , Laura ,Larry , Lynne and Luke , On behalf of the Roney family , I send prayers , love , and hugs . We were so Blessed whe we moved to Loudonville and started going to the Presbyterian church in Perrysville to have Lyle for our Pastor . And we were all sad when he was called to another church . But he had more people to teach ! I’m so glad I got to see you Luverne and Lyle at the Wendlings 60th Anniversary party ? We all love all of you and will hold you in our hearts and prayers . May Gods Peace be with all of you and comfort you .

  • Dear Luverne , Laura ,Larry , Lynne and Luke , On behalf of the Roney family , I send prayers , love , and hugs . We were so Blessed whe we moved to Loudonville and started going to the Presbyterian church in Perrysville to have Lyle for our Pastor . And we were all sad when he was called to another church . But he had more people to teach ! I’m so glad I got to see you Luverne and Lyle at the Wendlings 60th Anniversary party ? We all love all of you and will hold you in our hearts and prayers . May Gods Peace be with all of you and comfort you . Pam Roney Perreira

  • To the entire Hinkle family and our dear friend, Luke, in particular, we extend our heartfelt sympathies for the loss of Lyle in your earthly lives. We fondly remember him as uncommonly warm, energetic and engaging during a shared vacation on the North Carolina Outer Banks that included late night conversations about our world. He will be missed by many but will remain firmly in our hearts. Victoria and Fritz Luft from Massachusetts.

  • To the Hinkle Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Many memories of your time at Chesterville and Fredericktown With deepest sympathy Dennis/and Doris