Homer F. Hiner

Homer F. Hiner, 83, of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at 9:08 p.m. at Heritage Pointe of Huntington.

Mr. Hiner graduated from Lancaster High School in 1952 and served in the United States Navy and reserves from 1955 to 1960, during which time he was a gunner’s mate (GMM3) on the USS Holder destroyer. He began his work in the trucking business for American Van Lines in 1957. He established Hiner Transport Inc. in Huntington in 1967 as a sideline to his diesel repair shop. In addition to his repair business, which he maintained during the day, he hauled grain at night locally. After growing Hiner Transport to 132 units with 312 trailers, he retired in 1999.

Mr. Hiner was on the board of directors for both the Truckload Carriers Association and the Indiana Motor Truck Association and served on the Committee for Small Carriers for the American Trucking Association. He was inducted into the Huntington Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 with the 1951 Lancaster High basketball team. He was named ABWA Business Associate of the Year in 1983 and spent 33 years cooking brats for the ABWA Brat Tent during Huntington Heritage Days.

He was a board member of Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club and received the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Business BEL Award in 2002. In 2007, he received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science from Huntington University and the HU Foundation Distinguished Service Award in 2016. He also received the honorary Builder of the Y Award and PARtners Award from the Parkview Huntington Foundation. In 2017, he was selected Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe.

He was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Lancaster Township to Ira Vern and Mary Hoover Hiner. He married Marjorie L. Hoss on July 14, 1973, in Bluffton, and she survives.

Additional survivors a daughter, Marcy Hiner Faurote, of Huntington; two sons, Robert (Lisa) Hiner, of Fort Wayne, and Gary (Mollie) Hiner of Huntington; two stepsons, Richard (Dawn) Hacker and David (Heather) Hacker, both of Huntington; two sisters, Crystal Essex, of Huntington, and Dorothy (Max) Andrews, of Criderville, OH; a brother, Charles (Shirley) Hiner, of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Calling is Tuesday, July 10, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the mortuary, with Dr. Sherilyn Emberton officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. Private family graveside services and entombment will be in Gardens of Memory in Huntington County.

Memorials are to Parkview Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, or Historic Forks of the Wabash, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary.

The online guest book may be signed at www.baileylove.com.