Winfield M Hinkely

Winfield M. Hinkley, 82, of Grand Gorge passed away peacefully at his home on April 23, 2012 after a long illness.

He was born on September 19, 1929 in Roxbury. Wink graduated from Grand Gorge Central School in 1947 and attended Ithaca College until 1949. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.

Wink began his employment at the family garage, W.S. Hinkley & Sons, Inc. He then became president after the passing of his dad, Winfield Scott Hinkley, in 1955 who started the business with his wife, Mary Morse Hinkley in 1929.

“Wink” is survived by his wife, Irene Steiner Hinkley, who he married on August 6, 1950 in Grand Gorge. He is also survived by his sons, Wink S. Hinkley (Karen) and Ed Hinkley of Grand Gorge and a daughter, Dee (Charles) Guelli of Stuart, Florida. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Dominick Pucci, Kristi Anne Pucci, USAF SMSgt. Winfield S. Hinkley Jr., Janelle and Brent Guelli, Marlana and Spencer Hinkley and nine great-grandchildren, Amanda, Dominique, Monique, Nigel, Dominick, Ally, Abby, Makayla, and Isabelle as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jeannine Hinkley of Roxbury.

He was pre-deceased by his father and mother, his brother Thomas Hinkley, and infant son.

He was a 60-plus-year volunteer in the Grand Gorge Fire Department and the Free and Accepted Masons of Gilboa Lodge #630. He was also a member of the Earl B. Dudley Post 686 American Legion. He served his fellow auto dealers on the Ford Dealer Advertising Association for many years. He enjoyed years of big game hunting with family and friends and also enjoyed fishing. He and his wife loved spending time together at their winter home in Singer Island, Florida.

The family will be in attendance at the Miller Funeral Home in Roxbury on Friday, April 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. with services at the Grand Gorge Methodist Church on Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m.

Burial will be at a later date in the Roxbury Cemetery following cremation.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller Funeral home in Roxbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grand Gorge Fire Department.