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LYNWOOD J HYNES
OCTOBER 8, 1929 - JULY 21, 2023
Leo and Ethel (Schelter) Hynes welcomed “Lindy” on October 8, 1929, in the room with the diamond shaped window, just north of the tracks on Saubee Lake Road in Woodbury (Sunfield Township). He was named in honor of Charles LINDberg and his Grandpa Jacob Scheter. Leo wasn’t keen on the name Jacob, so the letter “J” (JUST “J”) was agreed on to honor grandpa.
Lindy was the end of the quiver of siblings who included Glendon (Mary) Hynes, Cecil (Penny) Hynes and Lindy’s much-loved sister Ardath (Ray) Wilcox. As a child, Lindy suffered from many difficult health issues and was hospitalized to treat his numerous lung infections and asthma. Ethel suffered from many of the same ailments, and worried that Lindy wouldn’t live to adulthood. Ethel passed away early, but happily Lindy ended up with a full life. Lindy saw many world changing events and remembered the first electronic light bulb being turned on in the farm kitchen. Another exciting event was the building of the newfangled indoor “outhouse” which was enclosed on the porch in around 1936. Lindy fondly remembered riding the “brand new” bike Glendon bought him up to Woodbury with his friends where the railroad men would let the kids turn the turntable with the locomotive on it. Lindy grew up at the farm on M-43 and made many fond memories in school with his chums at Woodland School. He formed the LINDY HYNES QUARTET. They performed at numerous community events. What a beautiful voice he had. He also enjoyed making music with his siblings while they played guitars, bass, and piano in the living room. Lindy graduated from Woodland High School in 1947.
Lindy graduated with an accounting degree from MSU. He enlisted in the Air Force serving as a First Lieutenant during the Korean Conflict. One summer day, when he arrived home from service, he saw Ray Wilcox’s cousin, Beth Wilcox, who had grown up quite a bit in five years, and he was SMITEN! They married in September 1955 and were married 67 years. Lindy ordered a Pease home kit and went to work building a house for Beth on a piece of land his stepmom, Hildred Hynes, sold to him east of Sunfield.
A few years down the road Beth and Lindy welcomed their first daughter, Valerie (Gordie) Hynes Mc Caul. Robert, “Bob” (Jeanine) Hynes made it on the scene about three years later. Karen, “Kary” (George) Hynes Johnson was born over a decade later.
So very many special memories were made with the Ray/Ardath and Jack/Phyllis Wilcox families as well as extended families and good friends. Trips to Disney, Cedar Point, Mackinac Island, Frankenmuth and holidays spent with extended family provided some of the very best memories. Many a rousing game of kick ball, volleyball, catch and long swims in the back yard led to gut-splitting laughter, a few aruguments about who was safe on home base, and plenty of mosquito bites. Dad passed up numerous promotions which required moves, so that his family could stay together with treasured grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, most of whom lived in the Sunfield area.
Lindy started his career at Fisher Body in Lansing where he worked as a payroll timekeeper. He was promoted to auditor, resident plant auditor and finally human resources before his retirement in 1987. He worked hard and provided well. He could fix ANYHTHING. He really enjoyed putting on his cap and cranking up his 1928 Chevrolet, driving around with the kids laughing in the rumble seat, and Beth riding “shot gun” by his side. Driving his ‘28 Chevy down the streets of Sunfield at the Sunfield Parade and ox roast was always a whole buncha’ fun. Lindy and Beth spent many hours at Centennial Acres playing golf in leagues and playing with family. He was 90 when he played his last round of golf. He served as the board president for years at Centennial. He was never seen without a green and white Spartan hat on his head at the first tee. Lindy, Beth, Jack, Ray and Ardath had season tickets to MSU basketball and volleyball games. They had so much fun together, stopping for a bite to eat on the way home after the games. Beth and Lindy were supporters of Lakewood sports programs and enjoyed going to the games. Lucky Lindy won a Buick when he played the GM On-Star button game at a car dealership. That was a day he never forgot. If you knew dad, you won’t soon forget his sense of humor, quick wit and long, LONG stories. His humor and smile will be missed by us all. He attended Sunfield United Brethren church for well over 55 years where he accepted the message of Jesus.
Lindy loved his thirteen grandkids. He spent many, many days cheering for them while watching their sport, music, theater, dance, church and art events. They will miss him dearly. Lindy never met a donut (especially a white cream filled long-John) or a bowl of ice cream that he didn’t like.
Visitation will be at Sunfield United Brethren Church Tuesday, July 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening. Funeral services are at the church on Wednesday. July 26 at 11:00. Information can be found on the Rosier Funeral Home website. Pastor Joe Benedict, Lindy’s great nephew, will be officiating.
Dad, you will be missed, you were one of a kind. . .
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