Durward R. Mickey “Willie” Hinckley (1940-2008)

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AVON – Although Mickey was best known for his life-long resemblance to Willie Nelson, there was so very much more to the man. Mickey Hinckley (Durward R. Hinckley), died unexpectedly at his home on the Back River Road, Avon on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008.

He was born June 5, 1940, in Avon to Durward L. and Ruth (Grover) Hinckley. He attended school in Phillips, graduating from Phillips High School in June of 1958. He was employed at Forster Manufacturing’s Strong plant for 44 years until that mill closed down in May of 2003. He then went back to school at the age of 65, got his CRMA and worked for Community Correctional Alternatives from that point until his death. During this time, he received the “Courage to Grow” award from SAD 58’s Adult Basic Education.

Throughout his life, he had many hobbies, including pheasant and goat raising, coon hunting, oil painting, stained glass and collecting antiques.

In 1985, he met Judee Nile and they enjoyed the past 23 years together with the son they shared, Aaron. The past five years were especially brightened by Aaron and Alysia’s son, Andre, who was his “best playmate”. In the 1990’s he was an active volunteer in Boy Scouts, especially the Order of the Arrow. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Purple Feather Award, only the second to receive this honor in Madockawanda Lodge’s history.

He is survived by his soul mate, Judee Nile of Avon, their son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Alysia Nile of Farmington; his brother, Darold Hinckley and his wife, Marie of Avon; sisters: Lorraine Wallace of Strong and Diana Savage of New Portland; grandson, Andre Nile of Farmington; nieces: Veronica, Mieketta, Christina, Erica and Kasey; nephews: Basil, Carl, Mark, Richard (Junior), and Nathan; several great nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his folks; a brother, Richard Hinckley and an infant sister, Peggy Ann Hinckley.

Public memorial visitation will be held Wednesday evening, Oct. 1 from 6-7 PM at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Rd., (Rtes. 2 & 27) Farmington. Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 7 PM. Private family interment. As would be his wishes, his family asks that you come dressed casually and comfortably. Condolences may be sent via e-mail to his family at info@wilesrc.com.

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