Ernest Frederick Hintz - October 24, 1919 - July 23, 2017
Ernest was born on October 24, 1919 in Honey Grove, Texas to Henry and Hilda (Stoehner) Hintz. He was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Honey Grove. He passed away at the age of 97.
After graduating from Honey Grove High School, he continued his education at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M) in Commerce, Texas. His senior year, he transferred to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Agriculture. World War II followed and he was called into the military where he served in the Army Air Force for more than three years. After his training in the states, he was sent to the South Pacific for one and one-half years. He served as a radar mechanic in the 547th Night Fighter Squadron. After the war, he returned to Sam Houston State to receive his Master’s Degree in Vocational Agriculture.
It was here that he met and married the love of his life, Lillian Pistler, who was also a student at Sam Houston. They were married at Zion Lutheran Church in Anderson, Texas on December 21, 1946. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
Upon graduation, he and Lillian moved to Groesbeck, Texas where he taught Vocational Agriculture for 34 years. His students showed many animals at Stock Shows in Houston, San Antonio, Ft. Worth and the State Fair in Dallas. He also sponsored many student leadership contests. Several of his students earned their Lone Star Farmer Awards. While living in Groesbeck, he served as president of the Lions Club; Vice-President of Limestone County Unit of Texas State Teacher’s Association and co-sponsored the Young Farmers Association. He and his family were members of Grace Lutheran Church in Mart, Texas, where he served as trustee, elder, congregation president and taught an adult Bible Study Class.
After retiring, Ernest and Lillian moved to Austin to be near their daughter, Sandra Hintz Richardson, and her family. Sandra later passed away at age 46 with leukemia. This was the hardest time of his life.
After moving to Austin, the family became members of Our Savior Lutheran Church, where he served in various capacities. He and Lillian loved to travel and always took summer vacations travelling to different parts of the United States including Hawaii. Later they continued their travels with the Roadrunner Travel Club which also took them to many parts of Canada. They also attended every reunion of the World War II Night Fighters Squadron at different locations in the United States.
Ernest was a life member of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association and the World War II Night Fighters Association. He will be remembered as a kind and compassionate person who loved his Lord, family, friends and his country.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Richardson, his parents, brother Bill Hintz and wife Ruby, sisters Alma Lingnau and husband Otto, Ella Jacob and husband Martin, Ruth Tarkan and husband Ted.
He is survived by his wife Lillian of Austin, son-in-law Bill Richardson and wife Shirley of Groesbeck, two grandchildren Ryan Richardson and his wife Michele of Lago Vista, Texas and Marla Barrow and husband Nathaniel of Leander, Texas; three great grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Savannah Richardson and Chrislyn Barrow; sister Mildred Yarbrough and husband Charles of Honey Grove, Texas and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1513 East Yager Lane, Austin Texas 78753, with burial services following at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, Pflugerville, Texas. Visitation with family was one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church at the above address or to a charity of your choice.