Lee Joseph Hinker was born on March 4, 1958 to William and Bernita (LaBreche) Hinker at Wessington Springs, SD. He graduated from Forestburg High School in 1976. He attended Mitchell Vo-Tech and graduated from the H-VAC program.
On August 3, 1985 he married Janet Authier. To this union one son, Drew M. Hinker, was born. He farmed with his father and mother. They raised melons and Lee established a melon stand in Aberdeen, where he was well known for fresh produce, especially pumpkins. He often provided free pumpkins to the schools in Aberdeen. He always enjoyed being around people, especially family and friends.
Grateful for having shared his life are his son, Drew Hinker, Woonsocket, SD; his mother, Bernita Hinker, Mitchell, SD; two sisters, Melanie (Dave) Blevins, Denver, CO, Cathy (James) Hegg, Huron, SD; three brothers: Leonard (Nancy) Hinker, Fedora, SD, Roger (Pat) Hinker, Forestburg, SD, and Mark (Carol) Hinker, Mitchell, SD.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Hinker, a sister, Beverly Hinker and a brother, Anthony Hinker.