July 08, 1929 ‒ February 16, 2018
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