Delos "Del" E. Hinze, age 93, of Watertown, Wisconsin, was called home by his Lord and Savior surrounded by his family on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Azura Memory Care in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin where he had resided for the last three years. Del battled Alzheimer's for the last eight years of his life.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 27 at noon at St. John's Lutheran Church in Watertown, Wisconsin with the Rev. Rodney Warnecke of St. John's Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation is at St. John's from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery, Watertown, following the service.
Memorials, if desired, may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church.
Delos was born June 13, 1926, in Ashippun, Wisconsin, son of Edwin and Adelaide (nee Schellin), Hinze. He married Bernice E. Stillmacher on Feb. 13, 1966, at St. Marks Church in Watertown, Wisconsin.
Del moved to Watertown as a young child and attended St. John's Lutheran Grade School. He would then go on to attend Watertown High School where he graduated in 1944. In 1951, Del enlisted in the Army National Guard of Wisconsin. He had an entrepreneurial spirit. Some of his first jobs included a cheese and milk hauling route for DairyLane Milk. Del would later own and operate National Transit Cartage Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his brother Allen. Subsequent to this, Del and his brother Allen owned and operated Red Eagle Oil & Truck Stop on I-94 in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin until his retirement in 1985. Del, along with his brother Allen, built the Pine Cone Restaurant. During this time, Del and Allen would also operate A&D Oil, a private oil and gas exploration entity and developed Country Club Estates originally on their parent's farm.
Above all, Del, was a devoted Christian. He was an elder and was a lifelong member at St. John's Lutheran Church. He was an avid bowler, an avid Packer fan, and passionate about the game of golf. Delos was a lifetime member of the Watertown Country Club where he caddied as a young boy and was elected WCC president in 1963. He got a hole in one on No. 6 and won the WCC golf championship in 1965. Del especially loved traveling and excursions with his family; especially trips to Siesta Key, Florida, in the winter, and golf getaways with friends. Del loved spending quality time with his family.
Surviving are his wife Bernice (nee Stillmacher); a son, Greg (Sarah) Hinze; a daughter, Kristi (Chris) Giese, all of Watertown; two grandchildren, Keyera Giese of Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and Caitlin Giese of Watertown.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin in 1976 and Adelaide in 1986; and brother and sister-in-law, Allen (Jeanette) Hinze.
The family extends much appreciation for the exceptional care and love given to Del and his family the last three years by Azura Memory Care and Home Town Hospice.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service
611 E. Main St. Watertown