Ralph W. Hinze, 85, of Punta Gorda, Fla., went home to be with the Lord, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Bayshore Health Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Aurora, Ind., to Rudolph and Anna Hinze, and moved to Port Charlotte in 1986 with his wife.
Ralph worked for Eaton Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, as a Chief Project Engineer for numerous years. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Punta Gorda, where he served as an elder for many years. He served as chairman of the congregation and an elder at the former Lutheran Church he attended. Ralph enjoyed volunteering for Habitat for Humanity for over 15 years, building countless homes. He enjoyed woodworking, turning many unique bowls. Ralph was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and will forever be missed by all who loved and knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Doris; son, Dennis (Cindy) Hinze of Clinton Township, Mich.; sister, Gertrude Jiede of Oviedo, Fla.; three grandsons, Chris (Katie), Brian and Daniel; three great-granddaughters, Kaylee, Stella and Olive; daughter-in-law, Pat Hinze; sister-in-law, Lillian Schiemann; brother and sister-in-law, Art (Alleen) Blum; and many nieces and nephews. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; son, Keith; and brother, Eugene.
A Family Gathering will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Church, 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.