Duane Eldon Hinshaw

                                                    ┌── Elmer Elsworth Hinshaw
                                                    │    1861-1907 
                       ┌── Eldon Elsworth Hinshaw ──┤
                       │    1891-1991               │
                       │                            └── Ida Ruth Dingman
                       │                                 1867-1896 
Duane Eldon Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1916                │                            ┌── N.A. Ingram
D: 2006                │                            │
                       └── Verna Emma Ingram ───────┤
                            1893-1996               │
                                                    └── Lillie Bogart
M: Helen Claire Burke
   ├── Duane Burke Hinshaw (1941-1998) 1,2
   ├── Paul Douglas Hinshaw (1942-) 1,2
   └── Gayl Marie Hinshaw (1945-) 1,2

M: Lena Rose Roberts

Duane Eldon Hinshaw     [ID 07588] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jul 11 19161,3,4 [Feb 11 19165], Goldendale, Klickitat County, Washington1,3,4.  

He married Helen Claire Burke, May 13 1939, 710 30th St., Seattle, King County, Washington.1,6  Helen was born Sep 9 1916, Kent, King County, Washington.1  

Helen died Oct 29 1977, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington; age 61.1,7  Death certificate #026082.7  

He then married Lena Rose Roberts8 [Lena Rose (Roberts) Dalisky8], Aug 17 19748, Oak Harbor, Washington8.  Lena, daughter of Eugene Robert & Mary Savoyia, was born Nov 20 1925, Cle Elum, Washington.8  Lena had been previously married, 1945, to Robert Dalisky.8  

In 1961 a Japanese businessman persuaded Duane to sell Honda motorcycles at his sporting-goods store in Enumclaw.  It grew to become one of the largest motorcycle dealers in the Northwest.9  In 1996 the motorcycle business was sold to Ron and Laura Orr, but was still called "Hinshaw's Motorcycle Store".10  In 1970 Duane founded "Hinshaw's Honda", a Charter Honda Dealership in Auburn, Washington,11 which he owned and operated with his sons Burke and Paul.12  In 2005 "Hinshaw's Honda" was owned and operated by Hooman Bodaghi, although Duane remained active as Vice President.11  

In 1999 Duane-2006 was living in Sumner, Washington.4,13,14  

Duane Eldon Hinshaw died Jan 3 2006, age 89.4,14,15  

Duane's obituary was published in the "King County Journal" (Bellevue, Washington),4 and in "The Seattle Times" (Seattle, Washington), January 8-11, 2006,14 and in "The News Tribune" (Tacoma, Washington), January 8 2006:16

Duane Eldon Hinshaw

Duane Eldon Hinshaw of Sumner, Washington died January 3, 2006.  He was 89 years old.  Duane was born July 11, 1916, in Goldendale, Washington.  He attended Enumclaw High School, but moved to Kent during his senior year.  He graduated from Kent High School in 1932 and went on to the University of Washington.  

He was an Enumclaw businessman from 1938 - 1970, owning Payless Food Store and later, Hinshaw's Marine and Chainsaw.  In 1961 he began selling Honda motorcycles from his small Enumclaw business being one of the first Honda motorcycle dealers in the United States.  As a motorcycle dealer, he opened Hinshaw's Honda in Auburn in 1964 and another store in Puyallup in 1966.  Duane became one of the first Honda Automobile Dealers in the nation when Honda began importing cars in 1971.  He opened the Acura Dealership in Fife in 1986.  Even though he achieved much success as a businessman, he remained humble and unassuming with a great sense of humor.  His focus of interest was family and friends.  Duane's favorite pastime was going to Sullivan Bay, B.C. every summer with his wife, Betty, and his dog, Pepper, to enjoy boating and the quiet pristine wilderness from their floating home.  

He was preceded in death by his son, Burke Hinshaw in 1998.  He is survived by his wife, Betty Hinshaw of Sumner; son Paul Hinshaw of Federal Way; daughter Gayl Hinshaw of Auburn; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, all of whom love him and miss him very much.  

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at Auburn Senior Center on Saturday, January 14th, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  The address is 808 9th Street S.E., Auburn, WA, 253-931-3016.  Remembrances may be made to The Boy Scouts of America and the Salvation Army.

Lena died Aug 11 2007, age 82.17  

Lena's obituary was published in the "News Tribune" (Tacoma, Washington) on August 16, 2007:17

Lena R. Hinshaw

Lena R. Hinshaw, 82, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2007, surrounded by her family.  Lena was raised in Cle Elum, Washington, and lived her adult life in the Auburn and Fife communities.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Roberts, and her son, Robert (Kathy) Dalisky.  She is survived by her daughters Carolyn (Rick) Ancheta and Sue Darling; her son Mike (Donna) Dalisky; her three sisters whom she adored: Mary Oswald, Rose Paskiewitz, and Gena Bailey; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  The family is especially grateful to her loving caregivers Patti Buckley and Susan Lawrence.  Lena was a loving mother, wonderful grandmother, and caring sister.  She was selfless in her love and devotion to her children.  One of her greatest joys throughout the years was hosting family gatherings and sharing her memories with the family.  A Funeral mass will be held on Friday, August 17, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Fife.  A celebration of her life will follow immediately after the service.

In 2016 Hinshaw's Motorcycle Store was sold to a local BMW/Ducati dealer.  A press release was issued June 29, 2016:18

Established in 1961, Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store in Auburn, Washington Sells to Local BMW Ducati Dealer

Harley-Davidson, Powersports and new car dealership broker, George C. Chaconas of Performance Brokerage Services announces the sale of Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store in Auburn, Washington from Laura and Ron Orr to Howard Crow.  


Duane Hinshaw founder of Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Stores has been selling scooters and motorcycles since 1961, beginning with Cushman and Honda in Enumclaw, Washington.  In 1964, Duane welcomed into the business his sons Burke and Paul and opened a second location in Auburn.  Soon thereafter, the Enumclaw location was closed and a new facility was opened in Puyallup.  In 1989, the Puyallup location was consolidated with the Auburn location.  Long-time General Manager, Ron Orr, purchased the dealership from the Hinshaw family in 1996 along with his wife Laura Orr.  Ron started with Hinshaw’s in 1976 and was very familiar with the business philosophy and legacy of the Hinshaw family.  In 2003, the dealership relocated to its current location at 1611 West Valley Highway South in Auburn, Washington 98001 where it boasts a 40,000 square foot facility and an additional building built in 2014 for the Indian and Victory franchises.  

After two failed attempts with a local commercial real estate broker and a local automotive dealership broker, Ron Orr contacted George C. Chaconas of Performance Brokerage Services, Inc. to assist with selling Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store.  George contacted a natural buyer for Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store, Howard Crow who owns and operates BMW and Ducati of Seattle and Ducati of Bellevue.  George was ultimately successful in facilitating this transaction between Ron and Laura Orr and Howard Crow.  

Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store will continue to operate in its current location, offering motorcycles manufactured by Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM, Star, Indian and Victory.  

George C. Chaconas, the exclusive agent for this transaction and the head of the National Harley-Davidson and Powersports Division for Performance Brokerage Services commented, "It is with pleasure that we announce the sale of such an iconic Powersports dealership in the state of Washington.  Howard Crow is a great fit to carry on the reputation that Laura and Ron Orr have developed after so many years."

(photo)Photo: Duane Eldon Hinshaw with sisters Barbara and Twila 19

(photo)Photo: Duane Eldon Hinshaw (school senior picture) 19

(photo)Photo: Duane Eldon Hinshaw and Helen Claire Burke 19

(photo)Photo: Duane Eldon Hinshaw in his senior years 4,14,16

(photo)Photo: Lena Rose Roberts 17

(photo)Photo: Duane Eldon Hinshaw & Helen Claire Burke marriage certificate 6


  1. Contribution from Charles Barry Hinshaw.
  2. Obituary of Duane Eldon Hinshaw.
  3. 1930 census, North Ward, Enumclaw, King County, Washington; roll T626-2490, ED 276, page 5A, line #23, dwelling #92, family #92.
  4. Obituary of Duane Eldon Hinshaw; the "King County Journal":
  5. Washington, Births, 1883-1935; http://www.ancestry.com.
  6. Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004; http://www.ancestry.com.
  7. Washington Death Index, 1940-1996; http://www.ancestry.com.
  8. Stephanie Cholmondeley genealogy: http://bobgerth.home.att.net/family/roperti/d1.htm#i151.
  9. http://marketplace.nwsource.com/jobs/jobmarket/articles/04_0208_index.html.
  10. http://www.hinshawsmotorcyclestore.com/aboutus.asp.
  11. http://www.hondadealer.com/hinshaw/support.html.
  12. Contribution from Gayl Hinshaw Patterson ().
  13. Contribution from Duane Eldon Hinshaw.
  14. Death of Duane Eldon Hinshaw; "The Seattle Times", Jan 8-11 2006:
  15. Contribution from Caprice Hinshaw Kutz.
  16. Obituary of Duane Eldon Hinshaw; "The News Tribune":
  17. Obituary of Lena Hinshaw; the "News Tribune", Aug 16 2007:
  18. http://www.prweb.com/releases/Performance-Brokerage/Hinshaws-Motorcycle-Store/prweb13521564.htm.
  19. Photo courtesy of Charles Barry Hinshaw.

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