Bill Hines: A High-Spirited Man on the Go
William "Bill" Clifford Hines was born in Peoria, Illinois on October 21, 1936 to Donald Murray Hines and Bernadine Elmira McKeel Hines. He passed away from complications of Alzheimer's disease on October 27, 2011. He was 75 years of age. Bill was raised in Peoria, IL where he attended Hines School on Knoxville Ave on land donated by his ancestors. Bill's great-great-Grandfather John Hines was amongst the original landowners of Peoria,. His Grandmother Laura N. Corrington Hines donated the land where Peoria High School Stadium stands.
While attending Peoria High School, Bill was employed by Lou's Drive Inn. After graduating Peoria High School in 1954 he enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering degree program at Purdue University and completed his degree at Bradley University in 1960.
In August, 1959 He married Jacqueline Jane Jackson of Washington, IL. They have four children Jeffrey Alan (1960) Judith Lynn (1962) Jeanne Marie (1964) and Jennifer Lea (1967).
In 1965, Bill moved with his family to New Brighton, MN to begin work with the Control Data Corporation at the dawn of the "Computer Age." His took him to Europe where he installed the oversized computers of the 1970's. During his life Bill was known for working hard and playing hard. While living in MN he laid out a blueprint for living that he would replicate his entire life. He and Jackie built a home on Long Lake and a cabin in Sartell, MN. He enjoyed waterskiing, snow mobiling and driving his Ford Mustang. He also took his family on a memorable vacation to the Black Hills, SD and Mount Rushmore.
After his divorce in 1972, Bill relocated to Tempe, AZ and after his marriage to Sherrill Ann McKay in December,1974 he moved to Tucson, AZ.
Bill then began work for IDS financial services and before opening his own business. First Catalina Investments Limited and eventually Hines Financial Services.
He and Sherrill built a lovely home in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains with a spectacular view of Tucson. They spent many long hours making home improvements. They were able to enjoy vacations to Hawaii and Aruba when Bill qualified as top saleman in financial and insurance sales.
The year Bill turned 50 he became a grandfather when he welcomed the birth of his first grand-daughter, Michelle Elise Hines on March 7, 1986.
In November of 1987, all four of Bill's children were in Tucson for the first time when he & Sherrill hosted Thanksgiving Dinner. We also celebrated an early Christmas together.
Bill joyfully became a grandpa four more times: Jeff's second child, a boy, Daniel Jacob Hines (April, 4, 1989). Jeanne's daughters, Alyssa Rae Graham (1989) and Abbagail Kedzie Graham (1991), and Judy's son Augustus Samuel Hines-Rotter (1992.)
Having worked as a financial planner Bill had planned with Sherrill to make for their early retirement which included finding a summer home in the White Mountains in Pinetop, Arizona. In 1992 they decided to downsize and purchased a smaller home near Sabino Canyon in Tucson and also purchased a cabin in Pinetop they dubbed "Hines in the Pines."
When Bill & Sherrill made the decision to retire in 1996, they hosted a rockin' 1950's party. They were prepared to enjoy the winter months in their home in sunny Tucson and the summer months in the cool, pine-scented breezes in their cabin in Pinetop. They hosted their family and friends for cards and walks around Woodland Lake Park. Bill played golf as a member of the Pinetop-Lakeside Country Club, The whole neighborhood and family looked forward to their annual 4th of July BBQ. Having always loved classic cars, Bill was able to purchase and restore a 1964 Chevy Impala convertible.
Bill always remembered his roots and kept in touch with his friends and relatives. He returned to Peoria, IL to attend Peoria High School All-Class Reunion. He chaired the Purdue Alumni Association in Tucson. And most importantly he and Sherrill were avid University of Arizona Wild Cat boosters and season ticket holders for basketball and football. Bill was always extremely active and on the go. He was very determined and able to accomplish all that he set out to do. He realized his many dreams. He was often the life of the party. He loved music, he liked to tease, joke and turn a funny phrase. He was the type of man who never met a stranger - he took an interest in people and liked to strike up a conversation with just about anyone on any topic. He had a thirst for knowledge and a desire to share what he'd learned. Most of all he liked to travel and take the road unexplored. "Let's see where this leads." he'd say. And if you were willing to follow Bill Hines, he would take you on an unforgettable adventure where you were sure to learn a new tidbit of information, perhaps a life lesson, most definitely laugh heartily and take away a memory of a man who was unlike any other you'd ever met. We recall him always with great affection and honor him with the deepest love and gratitude in our hearts.
Obituary William “Bill” Clifford Hines
William “Bill” Clifford Hines
Bill Hines, 75, died October 27, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona from Alzheimer’s disease. Bill was a determined, fun-loving man and able to accomplish all that he set out to do.
Bill was born October 21, 1936 in Peoria, Illinois. He attended Purdue University and completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Bradley University in 1960. He worked at Control Data Corporation in Minnesota. He moved to Arizona and worked for IDS Financial Services before opening his own business, Hines Financial Services. He retired in 1996 allowing he and his wife to spend their winters in Tucson and summers in their home in Pinetop, AZ.
Bill was an avid University of Arizona Wildcat fan. He loved traveling, classic cars, golfing, Elvis Presley, and 50’s Rock and Roll Music. Bill had a wonderful sense of adventure and valued the special times when he entertained his grandchildren in Pinetop.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Donald Murray and Bernadine Elmira McKeel Hines. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sherrill; his four children, Jeffrey and his wife Julie (Grand Rapids, Minnesota); Judy (Mesa, AZ); Jeanne (Bloomington, Minnesota); Jennifer (Mesa, AZ); sister, Virginia Schramm (Washington); brother, Richard Hines (Kansas); five grandchildren: Michelle and Daniel Hines, Alyssa and Abbie Graham and Augustus Hines-Rotter and several nieces and nephews. Bill will be lovingly remembered for his charming smile, his out-going personality and all the laughter he brought to our lives.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 5, at 3 pm at East Lawns Palms Mortuary, 5801 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712 (520) 885-6741
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assocation. A page has been established in Bill’s memory at http://soc.li/wcoSh5d
Bill Hines Curriculum Vitae
Summarizing Bill's extensive work history, qualifications and experience:
He began as an enterprising young man selling apples in front of their family home off Knoxville Ave. in Peoria, IL.
He also worked at Lou's Drive Inn. One of those iconic American eateries of the days, Lou's opened up in 1953 just across the street from Bill's childhood home off Knoxville Ave. It is fun to think of him serving chili dogs & root beers.
While he was an undergraduate at Bradley University, he worked at a gas station off Main Street in Peoria, pumping gas, cleaning windshields and checking oil. Perhaps this is where his love affair with the automobile took hold as Bill thoroughly loved everything about cars.
Bill was born into a prominent & enterprising family and part of his duty as the oldest son was helping his father Don run Don Hines Furnace Co. He worked many long, hard hours with "The Old Man" replacing and repairing heating elements in cold Mid-Western homes.
His mother encouraged him to pursue Mechanical Engineering first at Purdue & later at Bradley University. He was very proud of being a "boilermaker!"
One of his first jobs after marrying and moving to Aurora, IL was working for Richard Wilcox, designing folding partition doors that became so popular in schools and conference rooms.
He then went to work at Vendo where he designed better mechanism for coin-operated vending machines.
However, after their third child arrived in 1964 he sought a more challenging, higher paying salary in the emerging world of electronics and computer technology and that lead him to a position with Control Data Corporation in Minnesota. He was quickly promoted and sent overseas for sales and installations. And finally sought a transfer with the company to Tucson, AZ.
Having discovered through his involvement with the New Brighton Jaycees that his outgoing personality & ability to network naturally lent itself to a career in sales, he took a risk and changed careers to Insurance Sales & Financial Investments.
He began working for IDS in the Tucson office and achieved Rookie of the Year status in 1974 & Millionaire Sales Club in 1975.
Eventually he obtained his broker dealer license and achieved a lifelong dream of being his own boss when he opened Hines Financial Services.
Most importantly, after years of hard work he and Sherrill were able to retire early in 1996.