John Albert Hinchman
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“We both enjoyed everything we learned from John, he loved to tell us funny stories and watch our reaction. We loved and enjoyed him, we miss him a...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Ernie & Lillian Hillman - Juneau, AK

“Joanne, Alice, John & family...I am so sorry for your loss...I have very fond memories of going to you grandpa's house to swim and play when we were...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Janel Woiwod - SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA

“Jonny i will always remember the good times we had that first taste of fresh crab i will never forget. You where a good friend to us.we will miss you...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: George &Gerda Grant - Marysville, WA

“we send our condolences to the Hinchman family in your loss....remember all the good he left to those he touched in his life....those are special...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: christopher sumdum - Mallory, WV

“I met John Sr. 23 years ago when I began dating his youngest. Just his physical presence earned my respect, but through all the years that followed,...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Dave Bogda - Juneau, AK

“Heart and prayers are with the whole family. Lots of good memories are what he left with everyone. Safe journey home, John. ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: Jerry Ann Gray - Juneau, AK

“Pauline & all of Johnny's family: I was very sorry to hear of Johnny's passing on. This worlds loss & heavens gain... My thoughts & prayers are with...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Leah (Combs) Tyson - Darrington, WA

“Pauline,George, Phil, Sam & Karen and family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.. Uncle John will be remembered with loving thoughts.. God...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Rudy G. Isturis - Juneau, AK

“Thank you Johnny for the opportunity to fish with you. I learned a lot from you and enjoy working on the Johnny A. It was a great experience which I...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Chuck and Marcia Ridley - Edmonds, WA

“We will miss you John. we will never forget eating king crab on the johnny A. Leo and Maxine Travenshek ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: leo travenshek - lummi island, WA

“Johnny was a very special person. One of the most kindest and loving man I have ever known. My heart and thoughts and prayers are with you Pauline...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Maarilyn Andrews - Burlington, WA

“The BEST great-grandpa anyone could ask for. You mean so much too me, my mom Sheryl and my brother's and sister. We are all so greatful we got a...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Maria Contreras - Juneau, AK

“I will always have good memories of Uncle Johnny. My dad's brother. Johnny is remembered because he cares for the people his heart is good and it...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Maureen Brown - Juneau, AK

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I didn't have the pleasure of seeing Uncle Johnny in the past 10 years or so, but growing up and...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Jamie Fields - Juneau, AK

“Really going to miss you uncle Johnny. All our love to the family From Marti - my children - grandchildren and great grandchildren ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Marti Nashoanak - Juneau, AK

“Really going to miss you uncle Johnny. All our love to the family From Marti - my children - grandchildren and great grandchildren ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Marti Nashoanak - Juneau, AK

“Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to the family. There always will be fond memories of our basketball, hand trolling and purse seining side by...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Stan&Alice Haldane - Hoonah, AK

“To be the best uncle ever, you will always be in my thoughts.. Every time I see the Johnny A I will remember you and the love you showed all of us. ...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Christina - Sitka, AK

“MY COUSINS MY HEART HURTS FOR YOU AND MY HEART IS SO FULL OF LOVE FOR YOU ALL PAULINE YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: GERALDINE BENSON - ANCHORAGE, AK

“Are heart and prayers are with you Pauline,my Nieces Karen, Jean and all the rest of the family. I wished I could be there. Love Uncle Roy, Patty &...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Roy,Patty & Jessica Isturis - AK

“Thinking of you Pauline and family. love, Lianne ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: Lianne Coates - Delray Beach, FL


John Albert Hinchman, Sr., age 79, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
John was born to Emma Wright and George Hinchman on May 19, 1929 in Haines, Alaska. John's Tlingit name, GOOCH SHAAY,' was Eagle, Chookeneidi from Xaat Hit (Ice House),
John has been a resident of Sedro-Woolley for the past 29 years and formerly had resided in La Conner. He was a retired Highliner Commercial Fisherman in Alaskan and Washington waters and Owner and Captain of the F/V "Johnny A." He and his wife Pauline are also owners of the Sedro-Woolley Bowling Center.
John was a lifetime member of ANB Camp 12 and a past city council member of Hoonah, AK. He was a Sealaska and Hoonah Totem Corporation Shareholder and a former member of the Hoonah Totem Board of Directors. He was active in the Moose Club in Mount Vernon and the American Legion in Sedro-Woolley. He coached the ANB Basketball Team and was inducted into the Gold Medal Hall of Fame in Juneau, AK.
John's greatest joy in retirement was spending time at the casinos and traveling with Pauline and seeing his grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife of 32 years, who were married October 1, 1976 in Mount Vernon, Pauline Hinchman of Sedro-Woolley. 2 sons, Jerald Hinchman and his wife Natalia and Andy Gray and his wife Tesh all of Hoonah, AK. 6 daughters, Karen Hinchman, Jean Hill and her husband Vern, Sandra Gonzolas all of Hoonah, AK, Pam Bogda and her husband David of Juneau, AK, Joanne McKibbin and her companion Jerry Spaulding of Sedro-Woolley and Georgina Eastman of Portland, OR. 2 step-sons, Dr. Bill Pfeifer and his wife Mary of Ketchikan, AK and August Pfeifer and his companion Olivia of La Conner and a step-daughter, Dani Lou Pfeifer of La Conner.
3 brothers, George Martin and his wife Tina of Hoonah, AK, Philip Martin and his wife Yvonne of Juneau, AK and Sam Martin and his wife Roggny of Sitka, AK. 4 sisters, Louise Benson of North Seattle, Marlene Johnson and her husband Dave of Seattle, and Alice Cooper and Jennie Baldwin both of Sitka, AK. Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Alice, a son John Jr. and a step-son, Nick Pfeifer.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 1:00PM at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley with interment to follow at Hawthorne Memorial Park in Mount Vernon. A reception will follow the services at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center at 703 Pacific St. Visitation is available from Wednesday thru Friday from 9AM to 5PM and prior to the service on Saturday at Lemley Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or to The Greenewald Scholarship Fund at Hoonah Heritage Foundation 9301 Glacier Hwy Juneau, AK 99801 or to the ANB Camp 12 c/o Mike See, President PO Box 253 Hoonah, AK 99829.

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