GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania – Walter G. Hinds, 92, of 4 Birch Drive, Greenville, (Hempfield Township), Pennsylvania, passed away at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at St. Paul’s in Greenville, Pennsylvania.
He was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania on January 14, 1925 to the late, Charles “Shorty” Hinds and Carrie (Sowers) Hinds Kiester.
Walter was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, where he taught Sunday school and was a deacon.
He served during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps from August 1943 to March 1946 as a tail gunner in a Boeing B-29 Superfortress.
Walter was a member and volunteer of the Greenville Railroad Museum & Park in Greenville.
He grew up in “Pinch” (Pinch-Along Road). Walter was a 1942 Grove City High School graduate.
During his service in the Army Air Corp, he attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
While living in Grove City, Walter worked for Cooper-Bessemer Company. He then moved to Rocky Grove (Franklin) and worked for Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company, delivered Archway cookies, operated a store, where he sold hamburgers, ice cream and various grocery items and worked at Flickner’s Market. In 1955, Walter started working for Fuller Brush Company as a door-to-door salesman. He then moved to Greenville in 1957 and remained a sales representative with the Fuller Brush Company, before retiring after 45 years of service.
In his younger years, Walter was very handy around the house. He would do carpentry work, build shelves and fix anything that was in disrepair. Walter enjoyed working outside, mowing the yard and trimming the hedges. He also enjoyed bowling in his free time and was on a senior league at Celebrity Bowl in Greenville. Walter liked to regularly attend church related functions.
Walter is survived by his wife at home, Betty L. (Smith) Hinds. They met for the first time on April 10, 1942 at a roller skating rink south of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Walter and Betty were married by a base chaplain in the chapel at Barksdale Field in Shreveport, Louisiana, on August 7, 1945. Also surviving are one son, Charles “Chuck” L. Hinds of Greenville, Pennsylvania; one daughter, Linda B. Phillips and her husband, Brian, of Las Vegas, Nevada and one grandson, Theodore “Ted” Dolan of Las Vegas, Nevada.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Floyd, Clifford, Leon and Lawrence Hinds and one sister, Helen Snyder.
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Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Osborne-Williams Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 73-75 Columbia Ave. Greenville, PA 16125. There are no services scheduled at the request of the deceased.