Lowell Duane Hinshaw

                                                             ┌── Toby George Hinshaw
                                                             │    1865-1952 
                               ┌── Darwin Ensinger Hinshaw ──┤
                               │    1896-1933                │
                               │                             └── Carrie Ann Ensinger
                               │                                  1870-1924 
Lowell Duane Hinshaw ──────────┤
B: 1929                        │                             ┌── George Knight
D: 2006                        │                             │
                               └── Lucille Kitty Knight ─────┤
                                    1903-1936                │
                                                             └── Ivis (Knight)
M: Mildred Louise Whittinghill
   ├── Sheri Lynn Hinshaw (1952-) 1,2,3
   ├── Gail Sue Hinshaw (1954-) 1,2,4
   ├── Carol Ann Hinshaw (1955-) 1,2,4
   ├── Darwin Duane Hinshaw (1961-) 1,2,4
   └── Patti Mae Hinshaw (1963-) 1,2,4

Lowell Duane Hinshaw     [ID 01805] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Oct 27 1929, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois.1,5  

He married Mildred Louise Whittinghill1,4,5 [Louise Whittinghill6,7], Dec 24 19511,4,5, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois1,4,5.  Mildred, daughter of Leroy Everett Whittinghill & Lula Mae Powell, was born Oct 9 1931, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois.1,6,7  

Lowell Duane Hinshaw died Jul 12 2006, at his home, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois; age 76.5  

Lowell's obituary was published in "The Pantagraph" (Bloomington, Illinois) on July 14, 2006:5

BLOOMINGTON - Lowell Duane Hinshaw, 76, Bloomington, died at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday (July 12, 2006) at his residence in Bloomington.  

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.  The Rev. Kevin Summers will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Scogin Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.  Military rites will be accorded.  Memorials may be made to Scogin Hill Cemetery.  Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.  

He was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Bloomington, son of Darwin E. and Lucille Knight Hinshaw.  He married M. Louise Whittinghill Hinshaw on Dec. 24, 1951, in Bloomington.  She survives.  

Also surviving are four daughters, Sheri (Ed) Watson, Vidalia, Ga.; Gail (Richard) Youngs and Carol Hinshaw, both of Bloomington; and Patti (Jon) McClintock, Atlanta; one son, Darwin Hinshaw, Bloomington; one sister, Fontella (Marvin) Haycraft, Heyworth; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  

Lowell and his sister, Fontella, were raised by their maternal grandparents after their parents died at a young age.  Lowell was raised and lived his whole life at the family farm of his maternal grandparents.  He graduated from BHS in 1947.  

He is an Army veteran.  He was stationed in Fort Monmouth, N.J.; Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; and White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico.  

He worked at Barney's Motorcycle Shop until entering the Army.  Upon arrival home, he was the first man hired at General Electric as foreman of inspection for half the plant.  Later, he had his own television repair business from home and he opened his own auto repair and welding shop.  His biggest enjoyment at work was fixing and making something that no one else was able to do.  He served on the Scogin Hill Cemetery board for many years.  He was loved deeply by his family and had many friends who would sit around in his shop and visit.  

He was a member of the Bloomington township Volunteer Fire Department, The Bloomington-Normal Motorcycle Club and an original member of the Over the Hill Motorcycle Club.  

Lowell's motto was: "If we can't make it run, it must be a snail."


  1. Family Group sheets gathered at the 1992 Hinshaw reunion, submitted by attendees.
  2. Lowell Duane Hinshaw obituary.
  3. Interview with Sheri Lynn Hinshaw at the 1992 Hinshaw reunion, McLean Co., Ill.
  4. Interview with Sheri Lynn Hinshaw at the 1992 Hinshaw reunion, McLean Co., Ill.
  5. Obituary of Lowell Duane Hinshaw; "The Pantagraph", Jul 14 2006:
  6. Obituary of Jackson Pate Wittinghill [sic], The Bloomington Pantagraph, Feb 21 2001; pg A7.
  7. Contribution from Louise Whittinghill Hinshaw.

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