Melody Carol Hinshaw

                                                   ┌── Ren Astor Hinshaw
                                                   │    1893-1967 
                        ┌── George Asher Hinshaw ──┤
                        │    1921-2008             │
                        │                          └── Grace Marie Latta
                        │                               1895-1986 
Melody Carol Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1953                 │                          ┌── John J. Clopine
D: 2014                 │                          │
                        └── Maxine Carol Clopine ──┤
                             1918-1984             │
                                                   └── Mary Adeline (Clopine)
M: Nelson S. Harding

Melody Carol Hinshaw     [ID 18928] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born May 31 1953, Salina, Saline County, Kansas.1,2,3,4  

She married Nelson S. Harding.3,4  Nelson, son of Nehemiah Story Harding & Pauline Nelson, was born May 31 1931.5,6,7  

Nelson was a military veteran, having enlisted May 31 1951.7  

Nelson died Apr 20 2008, memorial at Wyuka Cemetery, Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska.5,6,7  

In 2008 Melody was living in Kansas City, Missouri.1,8  

Melody Carol Hinshaw died Aug 3 2014.3,4  

Melody was killed while returning home from a square dance in Topeka, Kansas.9  

Melody's death was reported in the "Wyandotte Daily" (Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas) on August 4, 2014:10

Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-635

Melody Carol Hinshaw, 61, of Kansas City, Mo., died in a fatal crash at 10:55 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at I-635 northbound near Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.  

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, Hinshaw was on a motorcycle that was northbound on I-635.  A Ford Focus struck the back of the motorcycle, ejecting the driver, the trooper’s report stated.  

The driver of the Focus, a 36-year-old man from Kansas City, Kan., was not injured, according to the trooper’s report.  

The driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet and protective glasses, the report stated.

Melody's death was also reported by KMBC-TV (Kansas City, Missouri) on August 4, 2014:11

Police seek witnesses in fatal I-635 motorcycle crash

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Kansas Highway Patrol is asking for the public's help in figuring out what happened in the moments leading up to a fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 635 on Sunday night.  

61-year-old Melody Carol Hinshaw was killed at about 11 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle ran into the back of her motorcycle on I-635 north between Metropolitan Avenue and Kansas Avenue.  Hinshaw was thrown from the motorcycle after the impact.  She was wearing a helmet, investigators said.  

The driver of the teal Ford Focus that struck Hinshaw was not injured.  Police said they believe he's about 25 years old and they're still hoping to find him.  

Investigators said they want to know more about the circumstances leading up to the crash, including whether Hinshaw was driving slow or whether the Focus was going too fast.  

"It looks simple, but we know it's probably not as simple as we are seeing right now," said Howard Dickinson of the Kansas Highway Patrol.  "Another set of eyes and ears is going to help us tremendously."  

Investigators said they have a start, but the public may be able to provide more information.  

"It's one of those accidents, we are so used to CSI these days, we expect everything to be so cut-and-dry these days, we expect to get all the facts," said Dickinson.  "In this case, we just want a little bit more."  

Police are asking for any witnesses who might've seen the crash to call 913-782-8100 and ask for Master Trooper Candice Breshears or Trooper Jason Ruffin.

Melody's obituary, by the Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, was published in the "Kansas City Star" (Kansas City, Missouri) on August 13 2014:3,4

Melody Carol Hinshaw
May 31, 1953 - August 3, 2014
Resided in Kansas City, MO

Melody Carol Hinshaw, 61, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 as the result of a traffic accident.  

Melody was born May 31, 1953, in Salina, Kansas to George Asher and Maxine Carol (Clopine) Hinshaw.  She graduated from Maryville High School, Maryville, MO, then completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology form Northwest Missouri State University.  She worked as a chemist and then for the post office.  She married Nelson Harding and they lived in Kansas City.  

She is survived by her brother, Ren Hinshaw and nephew, Asher Hinshaw.  She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister, Candy Celeste Hinshaw.  

Melody was an avid walker and bicycle rider.  Her passion was for folk dancing.  She will be greatly missed by her friends and family in the dance community.  

A memorial celebration will be held on September 6, 2014 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO at 11:00 am.


  1. U.S. Public Records Index;
  2. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2;
  3. Obituary of Melody Carol Hinshaw; Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri:
  4. Obituary of Melody Carol Hinshaw; "Kansas City Star", Aug 13 2014:
  6. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  7. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010;
  8. Obituary of George Asher Hinshaw.

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