James C. Hinkel

December 16, 1934 ~ September 4, 2020 (age 85)


James C. Hinkel
ST. Albans, VT

James C. Hinkel, 85, passed away at Franklin County Rehab Center on September 4, 2020. James was born on December 16th, 1934 in York, Pennsylvania, son of Herbert and Lulu Hinkel. The Hinkels relocated to New Jersey where James graduated from Princeton High School in 1952.  He received his B.S. in Diary Science from Penn State in 1956 where he was a proud brother at Phi Gamma Delta. 

In 1956, James joined the Navy and flew fighter jets. In 1958, James moved to Boston to begin a career at H.P. Hood where he was a regional manager of dairy plants in the northeast. In 1977, he relocated to Shelburne, Vermont, with his wife and two young daughters, to run the Whey Plant. In 1979, James started his own dairy equipment brokerage company, Hinkel Associates; in 1986, James relocated the company to Asheville, North Carolina. James spent his final two years at The Residence at Quarry Hill in South Burlington, VT, where he could regularly see his daughters and three grand-daughters.

James was most joyful when singing and gave the gift of his voice throughout his life to many musical groups, barbershop quartets, and church choirs — including the Penn State Glee Club, Shelburne Methodist Church, and the Asheville Symphony Chorus. 

An active man, James was an avid golfer; he also enjoyed skiing with his daughters, tennis, and fishing with his son-in-law in Lake Champlain. He truly cherished attending Nittany Lions football games at Penn State with his family, golfing trips with the Desautels brothers, making homemade ice cream for his grandkids, and watching Patriots and Red Sox games.

James is survived by his daughter Christine Hinkel Ianni, of Essex, VT, Christine’s husband Christopher Ianni, and their daughter Noelle; his daughter Joanne Hinkel, of Cold, Spring, NY, Joanne’s husband Jason Schneck, and their two daughters Celia and Mae; his sister Mary Lou McDonald of Asheville, NC and several nephews and nieces, including Kevin and Linda McDonald of Arden, NC, who were a big part of his life; and his ex-wife, Carol Hinkel of Burlington, VT.

The isolation created by this pandemic is taking a tremendous toll on the mental and physical health of our seniors and those who care for them. We are asking that in lieu of flowers, you please make a donation to the tremendous staff at The Residence at Quarry Hill who supported Dad in his final months. Please make checks payable to: The Quarry Hill Employee Appreciation Fund, c/o Green Mountain Credit Union, 1250 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, Vermont 05403.  Please write “Hinkel” in the memo line so we can thank you.

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