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Herbert Dennis Hinrichs

Birth Date: December 3, 1944
Death Date: April 9, 2017

Decatur-Herbert Dennis Hinrichs, 72, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Decatur Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.

Dennis was born December 3, 1944 in Vandalia, Illinois, the son of Herbert C. and Roberta (Moeller) Hinrichs. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Dennis retired from Firestone with over forty years of service. He enjoyed Ford Mustangs, all sports, bowling, and NASCAR especially Matt Kenseth. Dennis married Susan Stone October 15, 1993. They shared over thirty-seven years together.

Dennis leaves behind his wife Susan of Decatur, daughter Alissa (Christopher) Henkel of Decatur, grandchildren Gabriella and Cordelia Henkel of Decatur, sister-in-law Heidi Hinrichs of Decatur, niece Kristi Stone (Melissa) of Decatur, great-niece Maddi Stone-McClunney, and many special cousins and friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, brother Wayne Hinrichs, and beloved dogs Fizz and Cubby.

Services to celebrate Dennis’ life will be 10:00 AM Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home with the “Flight Home” Ceremony to conclude the services. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Friday, April 14, 2017 in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be at Point Pleasant Cemetery in Long Creek. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project. Family requests casual attire.

The family of Herbert Dennis Hinrichs is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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April 14, 2017
5:00 pm
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Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Burial Following Services
April 15, 2017
Point Pleasant Cemetery
Long Creek Township, IL
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Celebration of Life
April 15, 2017
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  1. Sue, Art called me about Dennis passing away. So sorry for your loss. Wish I had been there for the funeral. I have known you and Dennis for soooo many years. I have a lot of good memories of all we have done. It is always hard to lose one of our own. God Bless you and the family. Cheryl May

  2. Sue I am so sorry to hear about Dennis. He was such a kind hearted man and I liked him very much. Please know I am thinking of you all and wishing you peace.

  3. Sue & Family – Sorry to read of Dennis' death; I can only believe that now he is at peace and free of any pain. I know you had many good memories together, so hold them close to your heart. God Bless Us All. Sue Hale, Decatur, IL

  4. My condolences go out to the family of Dennis. What a happy person he was always had a smile. I'm sure he'll be sadly missed:pray::skin-tone-2::pray::skin-tone-2:

  5. Oh how I will miss you and all our phone conversations. It seems like only yesterday we were at the farm, playing in the creeks. My love to Sue, Heidi and Alyssia and your grandchildren. You're with Wayne now and I'm sure you've got a lot of catching up to do. Till we meet again, love your cousin Karen and her husband John Lipsey.

  6. Sending our love, prayers and sympathy during your time of loss. May you find comfort in the arms of Jesus.

  7. Dennis and I was in the same high school class and we ran around together in high school and after high school. We were in the Army reserves together and he was in our wedding party. Unfortunately, since we moved around the country in my job, we lost contact with each other.

    My condolences to his family during this time of loss. His family is in my prayers.

    Dave Gehle

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with Dennis' family at this time. I have many fond memories of all of the great times spent with Dennis and Sue. All of them, I am very thankful for. Road America was always the best!! Heaven has a very special angel.

    God Bless – Glenda

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