Obituary: Richard E. Hinsman

RACINE - Richard “Dick” E. Hinsman, age 87, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016 at his residence. Dick was born in Racine, January 15, 1929, son of the late Carl and Florence (Nee: Peil) Hinsman. Dick owned and operated Hinsman Realty Inc. for forty years. In 1974 Dick served as President of the Racine Board of Realtors and was awarded Realtor of the Year in 1975. He also served on the Wisconsin Real Estate Board for the Department of Regulation and Licensing, and many other local and state committees to assist and help others. Dick was a wonderful pianist and musician. In their earlier days Dick and Virginia could be seen throughout the area playing in their society band. When Dick wasn’t busy working he loved golfing with his friends. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of fifty-four years, Virginia “Ginny”; sister, Sharon (Santos) DeRose; special nephew and partner of Hinsman Realty Inc., Ralph (Cindy) DeRose; other nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce (Don) Olle. Private funeral services with entombment was held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested. A very special thank you to his caregivers and for the wonderful care of his wife.

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Dick Hinsman was a salesman almost to the end.
Hinsman, the precise and principled owner of Hinsman Realty for 40 years, sold his last house on April 21 — only three days before he died last week at 87.
“He was still working,” said Ralph DeRose, sales manager at Hinsman Realty as well as Hinsman’s nephew. “He was very well respected in Racine. Dick was honest. He was a professional and he was admired. He will be missed.”
Richard E. Hinsman was born in Racine on Jan. 15, 1929, son of the late Carl and Florence (Peil) Hinsman. He owned and operated Hinsman Realty Inc. for 40 years.
He was a Realtor who reveled in the details of every deal, DeRose said.
“He dotted the Is and crossed the Ts in every sale and the real estate community respected him because of that,” DeRose said.
“I will always remember how particular Dick was,” said Sharon Proeber, who worked as an agent for Hinsman from 1992 to 2012. “He wanted everything done the right way, and in a business full of contracts, that’s a good thing. He was a man of very high integrity and faith.”
Hinsman worked with legendary Racine realtor Guy E. Lloyd, where he eventually became vice president and sales manager. Hinsman served as president of the Racine Board of Realtors in 1974 and was named Racine County Realtor of the Year in 1975.
In 1976, he resigned from Lloyd and started his own agency.

Besides selling, Hinsman also served on the real estate board for the state Department of Regulation and Licensing.
“Dick was an educator,” DeRose said. “He taught classes on the local, state and national level. He was very well-versed in the business. Everything I know about the business I learned from him.”
In 2007, Hinsman received the status of Realtor Emeritus from the National Association of Realtors in recognition of his 40 years of cumulative service to the association and his contributions to the real estate profession.
DeRose said Hinsman continued to work even while battling various ailments, including several nasty bouts of pneumonia. DeRose also said the realty firm will continue to operate.
When not working, Hinsman loved to golf and spend time his wife, Virginia. They were married for 54 years.
“Dick was devoted to her,” DeRose said.
Along with his wife, Hinsman was survived by his sister, Sharon DeRose. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Joyce Olle.
Private funeral services were held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

MARK FELDMANN mark.feldmann@journaltimes.com
May 2, 2016