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John Ralph Hinchman

July 19, 1935 - December 27, 2016

John Ralph Hinchman passed away at home December 27, 2016.  He was born July 19, 1935 to Ralph and Claire Hinchman in Aurora, Illinois.  John graduated from West Aurora High School.  He then gained a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from Purdue University.  He also received a master’s degree from Utah State University.  John married Jeanne Boudreau in Aurora, Illinois in September of 1957.


John’s career was designing and building liquid and solid propelled rocket boosters beginning as an engineer at Rocketdyne in California and moving on to Project and Program Manager at Thiokol and TRW.  John was a volunteer coach for little league baseball and Wasatch Front football.  He was a Grand Knight in the Brigham City K of C chapter.  John loved skiing and golfing and enjoyed traveling, working on home improvement projects, attending the symphony and theatre, attending University of Utah women’s gymnastics meets, working out at the gym, hiking, camping and fishing.  He was a Patron and Supporter of the Ogden Symphony and Ballet Association.


John is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, Susan (Joseph) Richards of Boise, Michael Hinchman of Roy, Andrew (Jennifer) Hinchman of Salt Lake City, Ann (Angelo) Roma of Hudson, New Hampshire; sister, Joan (Mike) Mols; brother, James Hinchman; six granddaughters, Meghan Richards, Genevieve Richards, Alexis Hinchman, Brynne Hinchman, Hannah Hinchman and Jaime Nutt.


He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Steven Hinchman.


An open house Celebration of Life will be held at his home, 4899 Knollwood Drive, Ogden, Utah, Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 4:30 until 6:30 pm.


In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ogden Symphony and Ballet Association, Utah Golf Association or Lantern House would be greatly appreciated.


Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


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Date: Thursday, December 29, 2016

4899 Knollwood Drive

Ogden, Utah


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Born: July 19, 1935
Died: December 27, 2016

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Wendell Johnson posted on 12/29/16

John and I worked on the several projects together and spent many hours on the golf course over the years. I found him to be very intelligent, sensible, and easy to deal with in both situations. I remember one trip to California to discuss nuclear hardness on the Peacekeeper program. He had made reservations to play Pebble Beach the next day, but the meeting went on so long that our customer insisted on finishing the next morning. We were quite unhappy with the long-winded people involved, but we had to cancel the golf reservation. Although we hadn't seen each other much since he moved to Ogden, I have always considered him a good friend. Rest in peace, John. I stayed away from the celebration of life because I didn't want to give any other old folks my severe cold.


Jerry Puene posted on 12/29/16

I met John at The Ogden Athletic club and kind of just struck up a conversation and later saw him at The Horse in Ogden. He always treated me with respect and was not judgmental . He was a very nice person and I will miss conversing with him. He was a very kind, intelligent man and the world is a lonelier place without him. Rest in Peace John . Friend...


Suresh and Diane Kulkarni posted on 12/28/16

John was my first boss when I entered the workforce in 1972 after graduation. He was very influential in the quality of work I did and his intelligence was something I truly admired. He was demanding, but compassionate and social, but still aloof. We interfaced for many many years and he was always a friend. I was sorry to see his health deteriorating in his later years, but he always kept a brave face. I am going to miss his dry sense of humor and his ability to start a conversation on where we had left off, even if several months had passed between conversations. May you rest in peace John, painless and happy.