Tom Hinrichsen, 77, of Hiawatha, formerly of Anamosa and Sigourney, died Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Hiawatha Care Center.
A mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Anamosa. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Anamosa. The family will greet friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be shared with them at Goettschonline.com.
Thomas Theodore Hinrichsen was born June 29, 1941, in Morley, the son of Benhart and Grace (Patnode) Hinrichsen. He graduated from Morley High School in 1959. He then attended and graduated from Paris Academy of Hair Styling. On Sept. 22, 1962, he married Sharon Peterson. During their 18 years of marriage, they raised five children together. Tom owned and operated two hair styling salons in Anamosa and Monticello, and after 20 years, he sold the business and became a substance abuse counselor for multiple agencies in Ottumwa. The couple later divorced. On Nov. 12, 1984, he married Janet Griffith and gained four more children. The couple lived in Sigourney and raised and showed quarter horses. Janet preceded him in death in 2014.
Tom was member of the church and also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, 4-H, Anamosa Rotary Club and the Anamosa Chamber of Commerce. He was a former member of the Anamosa City Council and also coached in the Jaycees Little League. He was a member of Alcoholic Anonymous since April 22, 1974, and had celebrated 45 years of sobriety. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, go karts, cutting wood, boating, mowing his lawn, driving tractors, NASCAR, the Iowa Hawkeyes – especially basketball, music, dancing and shooting pool. He loved his many pets – especially his horses, and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his children Ted Hinrichsen, Cedar Rapids, Robin (Dane) Wheeler, Port Charlotte, Fla., Theresa (Steve) Harrison, Cedar Rapids, Marcy (Mark) Clark, Cedar Rapids, Ben (Missy) Hinrichsen, Anamosa, Suzanne (Ron) Garrels, Farson, Ted (Sammy) Criswell, South English, Becky Criswell, Fairfield, and Kim Criswell, Danville; 29 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson, Keaton Garrels.
The family wish to express their thanks to the staff of the Hiawatha Care Center for the loving care Tom received. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor can be made to the Hiawatha Care Center or to Alcoholics Anonymous.