Edward Joseph Hinkley, son of the late Wesley James Hinkley and Lilliam Abbie Knadle Hinkley of Maryhill, Wash., was born in The Dalles, Ore., on June 12, 1955, and passed away on Aug. 17, 2016.
He graduated from Hood River High School and attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore. Joe enjoyed the outdoors and sports. He earned Life Scout rank and Order of the Arrow honors in the Boy Scouts, Master Sharp Shooter in NRA, and received conference recognition in high school football and wrestling. He was a quick response helicopter fire strike team member for the U.S. Forest Service. While in college, he was offered a position in the Eugene Fire Department as a fireman medical tech, a challenge he met for the next 29 years. Joe took great pride in the fire service sand earned several awards for bravery.
Aug. 11, 1984, Joe married the love of his life, Sherri Lynn Stolsig, in Hood River, Ore. They were an active pair. Their Bouvier des Flanders, McKenzie Mist, was a champion in the United States and Canada. They explored Canada, Costa Rica, Panama Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Western U.S. They loved to hike, including the Pacific Crest Trail. White water rafting provided some exciting experiences.
They enjoyed their home on the McKenzie River, raising pinot noir grapes, cutting wood, and entertaining family and friends. Joe was a master with the barbecue. His hospitality was tested by a bear that tried to come into their house. Their favorite retreat was time spent at the beach house.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Sherri Lynn Hinkley, father Wesley Hinkley, mother Lillian Hinkley, brother Richard James Hinkley, and nephew Dustin James Hinkley. Joe is survived by his brother David Hinkley (Janet), nephews Ryan, Jared, Wes and Clinton, and his second family: Cathy and Charles Stolsig, Terry Journey (Garry), Charles Stolsig Junior, (Shelie) and Cory Stolsig, and (Susan), five nephews and five nieces.
Joe’s family will live with the memory of his love for Sherri, his service to the community and his passion for adventure. There will be a celebration of life on Friday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. at the IOOF Hall, corner of Willamette and Mill streets, Coburg, Ore.
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