Wilbur Hines

Fun at the cabin.Wilbur Bill Hines, 96-year-old resident of Little Falls, formerly of Randall, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Central Minnesota Senior Care Center in Little Falls.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Randall Presbyterian Church in Randall, with Pastor Rob Bellin officiating. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, north of Little Falls.
Wilbur Bill Joseph Hines was born March 26, 1917, in Darling Township to the late Frank and Lucy (Shantel) Hines. He attended country school in Darling Township and also in Randall. Bill entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving state side during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He also served in the National Guard until 1977. Bill was united in marriage to Dorothy Holste, Aug. 10, 1941, in Little Falls. The couple resided in Randall and raised a family. Bill worked for Johnson Implement in Little Falls and then at Camp Ripley as a mechanic. He also worked on vehicles and small engines at his home. Bill took a job with the city of Randall as the water and sewer supervisor and stayed there until retirement. Bill loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the lake cabin, pulling waterskiers with his speedboat. He also enjoyed flying with his son Bob, and working in his garage. He was an avid weather watcher, he would take notes of the wind speed and air pressure. Bill frequently went for visits at the Randall Cafe, but he could never leave the house until the Price Is Right was over. Bill would say,  “There is always room for dessert, it just fills in the cracks” and this was one of his family’s favorite quotes. He had a special bond with his great-granddaughter, Misty, and will be deeply missed by her and everyone who knew him.
Bill is survived by his children, Judy (Richard) Becker of Thayne, Wyo., Robert Hines (fiancé Debbie Louison) of Randall and JacLynn (Barry) Opatz of St. Cloud; brother, Elmer Hines of San Jose, Calif.; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; brothers, Vernon Hines and Clarence Hines; sisters, Evelyn Rinell and Verena McGuire.
Casketbearers were Richard Hines, Lee Hines, Shane Opatz, Noah Opatz, Doug Weikert and Lee Selinski.

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