James Alan “Jim” Hinrichs, 65

- March 7, 2021

This last Sunday, March 7, 2021, our community lost the bright light of James Alan
“Jim” Hinrichs. At 65 years old, he passed in his sleep comfortably at his home in
Hastings, completely surrounded by his family.

Jim was born at Mary Lanning in Hastings and grew up on a farm outside of Giltner. He
graduated from Giltner High School in 1974 and began his work life at a marble
company in Juniata and then Carmichael Construction. He soon went on to begin work at
Thermo King of Hastings where he worked for 34 years as a Quality Engineer while also
making some very close friends whom he was very grateful to have worked alongside.
One evening in 1978, he met the love of his life, Barbara (Kathman) Hinrichs, at the
Ponderosa Bowling Alley. On February 9, 1980, they married and began their life
together in Hastings where they still remain today. They have four children together –
Josh Hinrichs, Mitzi Taylor, Nick Hinrichs, & Makenzie Hinrichs. Mitzi married Danell
Taylor in 2005 and they have two daughters, Jamelah and Ariah, who loved their visits
with “Papa” very much.

Jim was active in both his church community at St. Cecilia’s Parish and the kids’ school
community at Hastings Catholic Schools. He participated as an acolyte, Eucharistic
minister, and member of Knights of Columbus for the church. Then with the school, he
enjoyed keeping the scorebooks for basketball, running chain-gang for football, taking
charge as the “Head Noodlehead” to make homemade noodles for the annual Chicken
Noodle Dinner and most of all loved supporting his kids through all their various extra-
curriculars.

After the kids all graduated and things slowed down, he was able to really dive into all of
his favorite pastimes. This included landscaping (especially with his gnomes!),
remodeling his home for “his wifey”, collecting Hot Wheels by the hundreds, reading the
latest John Grisham novel, or slapping whatever he could find on his smoker for dinner.
While Jim did face several medical struggles through his time, an outsider may not have
known except in some of his greater times of need. He was a very faithful man to his God
and he dedicates this strong faith to Barb who always inspired him to lead a better, holier
life. It is this same faith that got him through many tough challenges and it is this same
faith that calls him home after one last fight.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Zelma Hinrichs, his two older
brothers, Wayne and Stanley Hinrichs, and two brothers-in-law, Jack and Dick Crawford.

SURVIVORS:

Wife: Barb Hinrichs – Hastings, NE

Children & Spouse: Joshua Hinrichs – Lincoln, NE
Mitzi & Danell Taylor – Omaha, NE
Nicholas Hinrichs & fiancée Gaby Ramirez – Omaha, NE
Makenzie Hinrichs – Kansas City, MO

Grandchildren: Jamelah
Ariah

Siblings & Spouse: Kae & Royal Miller – Hastings, NE
Mary Crawford – Phillips, NE
Marge Crawford – Phillips, NE

Sister-in-law: Patricia Hinrichs – Colorado Springs, CO

And many other family members

Rosary will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11, and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at
10 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Hastings with Father Christopher Kubat
officiating. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation will be 1-7 p.m.
with family present 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the
family asks that a donation be made to St. Cecilia’s Parish or to the memorial fund set-up
at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (search for the existing Jim Hinrichs Memorial
fund or following this link:
https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?px=6950785&pg=personal&f
r_id=39300.) The service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral
Home’s Facebook page. The direct link for that page is www.facebook.com/lbvfh, the
link will not be live until five minutes before service time. For the health and safety of
others face masks are required for those attending the visitation and funeral, your
cooperation is appreciated. Since there are material sharing restrictions, we ask that you
bring your own pen for signing the registration book or memorial envelopes. If you do
not bring one, we can do that for you. Private condolences may be sent to the family at
www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is
serving the family.