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Bill "Wilbur" Hinz

11/26/1960 - 01/12/2020

Bill “Wilbur” Hinz, age 59, of Winneconne died Sunday, January 12, 2020, at his home. He was born November 26, 1960, in Oshkosh to the late Orville and Helen (Teckum) Hinz. While working with his father in his tv repair shop, Bill earned the nickname “Wilbur” from his father Orville. In his youth, he had worked at the Pinkerton’s horse farm, which included wiring an entire barn. Wilbur was a 1979 graduate of Winneconne High School, and a graduate of Fox Valley Technical Institute. On February 11, 1984, he married Susan Smith. Bill, Sue, and their children enjoyed many vacations camping and time spent at the Coates’ cabin, all of which usually included lighting off fireworks. For over 30 years Bill worked at Fox Valley Technical College, where he developed the Distance Learning System which incorporated high schools and colleges throughout the fox valley. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Winneconne, where he sang in the choir for over 20 years, as well as working on numerous church projects, including electrical work on the church organ, the sound system, and remodeling various rooms throughout the church. Wilbur enjoyed going to NASCAR races in Michigan with his brother Kurt and friends, collecting guns, and blowing stuff up. He was always willing to help family and friends with any electrical work that needed to be done, and he could fix almost anything. Bill was very loyal to his mother Helen, especially in her last years spent at a nursing home. Wilbur had a great love of music, especially John Prine and Pink Floyd.

Bill was a quiet, patient, humble, generous, God-fearing, and stubborn man who was a loving father, brother, and husband, and will be missed by: three children and four grandchildren: Elissa Hinz (fiancé, Samuel Brouch), and her children, Arizona Lynn and Josiphina Marie; William V. (Ashley) Hinz, and their son, Gavin William; Jessica Hinz and her daughter, Skylar Grace. He is also survived by a sister and two brothers, Luann Hinz, Gib (Diane) Hinz, Kurt (Lori) Hinz; the mother of his children, Sue Hinz; and other relatives and friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne. A service will be held on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in the Winneconne Cemetery at a later date.

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

Tim Ryf wrote on February 27, 2020
Those who knew Bill, will say he was respectful towards us. Bill controlled his emotions and kept his complaints to a minimum. This made him easy to approach and we felt at ease with him. We will hold a special place in our hearts for our friend and loved one, Bill Hinz.

Lori Hinz wrote on January 31, 2020
I will miss you my dear Brother-in- Law. May you rest in eternal peace, Bill....you most certainly have earned it. Lori Hinz

Lori Fenner Koepp Olson wrote on January 22, 2020
Kurt, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. He was a man that was dedicated to his family and his little brother - Kurt. Always find comfort in knowing he is always around you. Just call out his name and he will be there by your side. Continue to go to the races and doing all the things the two of you enjoyed doing, he would want it that way. Trust me, he will be right there enjoying life with you, just in a different way. I am sorry I couldn't be there to let you know how sorry I am and to give you a big hug for comfort. Keep his spirit alive!! Love you!

BJ OConnor Schevers wrote on January 21, 2020
A great silent helper in many of my early media projects which never would have been accomplished without him. So sorry for your loss. We started in the pioneering days of media production at FVTC.

Teresa Tuschl wrote on January 21, 2020
Bill helped with more FVTC events and meetings than I can count! He always got it done - no matter the complications or last minute requests. He contributed to so much while here. May he rest in peace. Prayers to his family & friends for peace too.

Mary Frozena (a former FVTC colleague) wrote on January 20, 2020
A wonderful man who quietly made contributions to the College and our customers every day. Peace to you and to your family.

Fred Pinkerton wrote on January 20, 2020
Dear Sue.....and Kurt...... Very sorry to hear about Wilbur....... I can share the happy times that he provided me when we worked together building a barn in Winneconne. He and Jerry Resop came down all summer....to help. Those boys were all......Good Boys.......we had real fun together.... Larry Krueger....too. I am out of the state for the winter.....or I would come to say hello...... Sorry..... Fred Pinkerton and Liz

Glen Orsburn wrote on January 19, 2020
Bill may you be at peace, God bless you into his kingdom and valleys. You were a co-worker yet I would hope to say a friend, you were soft spoken, humble and intelligent man. You will be missed, my prayers to you and your family.

Roger and Bette Hoytink wrote on January 19, 2020
Our deepest sympathy. Keeping Bill’s children and siblings in our thoughts and prayers.

Sabine Sterling wrote on January 18, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know him very well, but I knew him enough to be able to say he was a good man. A man that adored his kids and his grandkids. He will be missed. I will keep him and his family in my prayers. Gid bless!