Obituary of Eric Hinshaw
A funeral services for Eric Hinshaw, age 64, of Arnolds Park, will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, July 24, 2023, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford, Iowa. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 4 pm with the family present from 4-6 pm. Interment will be at Okoboji Cemetery in Arnolds Park, Iowa.
Eric Alan Hinshaw was born on March 5, 1959, in Estherville, IA to parents Wheeler and Martha (Abrams) Hinshaw. He was raised along with three older brothers in Arnolds Park, IA, and was a 1978 graduate of Spirit Lake High School.
Eric had a varied career working for several businesses in and around his hometown of Arnolds Park, IA. Most notably may have been his stint as an amusement rides operator at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. He especially enjoyed his shifts as the engineer of the miniature train that weaved its way around the park, delighting many a visitor—young and old.
Eric had a passion for radios, specifically citizens band (CB) and amateur broadcast (HAM). His CB handle was ”Big Whip”—inspired by the long whip-like antenna he had attached to his vehicles for years.
Eric also had a profound interest in civil service. So much so he volunteered many hours to the Arnolds Park Fire and Rescue Department, serving the local community for 35 years.
Eric passed away on July 13, 2023, at Ruthven Community Care Center in Ruthven, IA. He is survived by his brothers—Bob (Linda) Hinshaw of Spirit Lake, IA; Frank (Jamie) Hinshaw of Lewisville, TX and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jake Hinshaw formerly of Arnolds Park IA.