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Dale Edward Hinz

Dale Edward Hinz, age 81, of Ault, Colorado, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2024. He was born on December 19, 1942, in Manning, Iowa, the son of Edward and Eileen (Stuhr) Hinz; along with his siblings, Robert, Jerolyn, Donna, and Diana.
Dale was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church on May 9, 1943, by Pastor John Ansorge, and confirmed by Pastor George Eschenbacher, April 14, 1957.

Born and raised in Manning, Iowa, he attended Manning Schools and loved football. As a young boy and teenager, Dale enjoyed the huge farm his grandfather had and growing up in the farming community. He loved to go to the cattle sale auctions in Omaha either with his grandfather, Jurgen Hinz, or Uncle Ed Stuhr.

His family moved to Denver, Colorado, and Dale joined the U.S. Marine Corp stationed at Camp Pendleton, California - he was with the 12th Marine Corps.

He married Shirley Ann Sorensen and they moved to Southern California where Dale was hired by the San Gabriel Police Department. Dale also attended Pasadena City College, Department of Engineering and Technology, graduating from the Police Academy in Pasadena, California. He received Apprenticeship Council Training with the State of California Department of Industrial Relations. He received Advanced Officer Training and Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training with the State of California Department of Justice.

Law enforcement was Dale's special 'niche' and he loved every minute of the profession. He received countless awards and accommodations from the department and the community as well. Today, at his home, a hall wall is lined with pictures and awards and still there are drawers full of the accommodations he received during his law career in Southern California. Dale was the Juvenile Officer and a Training Officer with the San Gabriel PD and as the Juvenile Officer he had the opportunity to show the kids of the community that even though he was a police officer, he could care about their problems and go that extra mile to help whenever a young person was in trouble.

Dale was a police officer that believed he never needed the "bells and whistles" as he called them - usually referring to the gold braiding, or gold stars on the shoulder of the shirt needed by others. Dale commented that "it isn't the badge or name plate that makes a good officer."

During those early years in Southern California his family planned some special trips/outings - some happened and some didn't because he could be called back to the station within hours or minutes. But whenever a trip was planned and it happened, the trips to the ocean were very special - the ocean was about 40 miles from home, but how he enjoyed that beautiful blue of the Pacific Ocean, as always, it was breath taking. And many trips to the Sequoia and Redwood forests in Northern California, and usually we would try and stay a few days - we never got tired of those magnificent huge trees. One special trip was north of San Francisco, along the coast and through the Humboldt National Forest, the stunning beauty of the Douglas Fir trees is something you never forget.

In June 1971, a son, Andrew Christian Hinz was born.

However, Dale was seriously injured "In the Line of Duty." He retired from the San Gabriel Police Department and he and his family moved to Colorado. Years after his retirement, he found another way to connect with the young kids of the community by teaching middle school students about wood, tools, and safety.

Dale is survived by his wife Shirley, a son, Andy, a daughter-in-law, Teresa, 3 grandchildren, Kylie, Alex, and Katie, many friends including four adoptive families in Southern California who called Dale "our boy" - all were a special part of Dale's life.

A Funeral Service for Dale will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 11:30 AM at Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church, 950 43rd Ave, Greeley, Colorado, 80634. Following the service will be a burial at 1:00 PM at Mountain View Cemetery, CR 29 1/2, Nunn, Colorado, 80648.

In the Care of Allnutt Funeral & Cremation - Macy, Greeley, Colorado.