Colonel Charles W. "Chuck" HinesMarch 3, 1934 ~ June 26, 2018 (age 84)
Colonel Charles W. “Chuck” Hines, USAF, Ret., of Fairview Heights, IL, born on March 3, 1934 in St. Paul, MN, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at his residence.
A loving husband and Father of three, Chuck was also a 33 year military man, decorated combat veteran (Silver Star, Air Medal, Flying Cross), passionate flyer and lifelong ham radio operator. He initially, at age 17, joined the United States Marine Corp ultimately serving as a radioman with the United States Navy. Chuck attended The University of California at Berkley receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Speech, later receiving his Masters of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Puyallup, WA. Colonel Hines joined the United States Air Force with extensive tours in Vietnam, Korea, and the Secret War in Laos as a "Raven" Forward Air Controller. He flew over 11,000 hours and was a Command Pilot and Flight Examiner. Additionally during his military career he held posts as the Deputy Director Air Crew for the Military Airlift Command, Senior Controller in MAC Command Center, Deputy Director C3 Military Airlift Command, and the Chief, Command and Control for the United Nations Command, Joint and Combined forces in Korea. He was also the Quality Assurance Director with the Defense Mapping Agency Aerospace Center in St. Louis. Following his military retirement, he was an unpaid substitute teacher in the St. Clair County School District. He was also a published military author.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elizabeth, nee Wyman, Hines; and his sisters, Susan Ohms and Sally Purcell.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Marilyn S. Hines, nee Riedi; his children, Polly C. Hines of Everett, WA, Kirsten C. Hines of Hinsdale, IL and Gray W. Hines of Belleville, IL; his grandsons, Carson Burns, Chandler Burns and Mason Burns; and his niece and nephew.
Memorials may be made to Smile Train, www.smiletrain.org.
Visitation will be held from 1:30pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd, Fairview Heights, IL.
Memorial service will be at 3:00pm on Saturday, July 7, 2018 with Pastor Meg Overstreet officiating.