American Veteran 08

Henry Shawn Hinch

September 7, 1975 ~ February 25, 2021 (age 45)


Henry Shawn Hinch passed away at the early age of 45 on February 25th 2021 after battling Covid-19. Known to all as “Shawn”, he loved his family, his country and the military. He joined the Navy in 1994 at the age of 19 after graduating from Cleburne High School.  He did his basic training in Tennessee and then was stationed in Florida, Virginia and Oklahoma. He proudly served onboard the USS George Washington, the USS Eisenhower and was stationed on the USS Carl Vinson during the 911 attack on the United States.  Shawn was in the Navy until 2007 when he was medically retired from service holding the rank of AT1.

Shawn met Melissa shortly before entering the Navy.  They continued their relationship by phone and mail for a while and in 1998, Shawn returned to the Missouri City area while on leave and their relationship renewed. By July of 1999 they were married.  In 2006, while stationed in Virginia their first son, Matt was born.  In 2007, they moved to Missouri City to be closer to family and in preparation for future medical surgeries.    In 2009, they welcomed their second son, Brett. 

After the Navy, Shawn attended classes at the University of Houston where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree.  This he did while he had 2 surgeries to replace both hip joints and was undergoing dialysis. He was blessed to receive ‘the gift of life’ by being the recipient of a donated kidney in 2012.

Shawn was employed at S &B Engineering. While he really enjoyed his work, his greatest love was his family.  He spent countless hours with them in whatever they ‘thought’ they wanted to try—be is football, baseball, basketball, soccer, martial arts, shooting sports, hunting, fishing, boy scouts, 4-H, raising rabbits, goats, or longhorn cattle.  Whatever they wanted to do, he was there for them.

Shawn was introduced to archery while in the Navy.  He had a passion for the sport and loved to share it with others.  He was a certified coach and was instrumental in helping start the Greater Pearland Archery Club that is home to some of the best archers in the State of Texas.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Melissa (Eichler) Hinch and two children Matthew & Brett; Father, Henry V. Hinch and wife Debbie Johnson of Kerrville, TX; Mother, Kay (Schlebach) and husband Floyd Hodges of Cleburne TX;  in-laws; Rhonda and Bill Exley of Normangee TX, and Danny Eichler of Sugar Land, TX; sisters, Elizabeth (Hinch) and husband Michael Cravens of Colorado Springs, CO, Brandi Hinch of Cleburne TX and Traci (Hinch) and husband Tim Smith of Cleburne TX; brother Henry Tibbits of Spokane WA;  step-siblings: Jessica Johnson and husband Patrick Bennett of Cypress TX, Matt Johnson and wife, Danielle of San Marcos TX, Serena Hodges of Cleburne, TX, Cassidy Hodges of Cleburne, TX, Tiffany Hodges of Cleburne, TX and Emily (Hodges) and husband Tommy Douglas of Walnut Springs, TX.

He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family requests that in lieu of flower, please show your support to Donate Life of Texas.

On Saturday, March 13th we will have a celebration of life at our church, Life Pointe Church in Missouri City at 2pm.

Friends and family are welcome to come. There will be a link available to watch online, for those unable to attend.

On Thursday, March 25th at 10am we will have a more private celebration of life with family, our military family and friends as we prepare to have Shawn placed at the Houston National Cemetery at 2:15pm.

Shawn Hinch touched so many people's lives. Please know that we would love to see you, however it is important that we stay safe. I'm planning this funeral because of covid  - so I understand if you are not able to attend. We will get together later and laugh about the old times and toast to an amazing man.

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Funeral Service
March 13, 2021

10:00 AM
Life Pointe Church (Missouri City, Houston National Cemetery)

Celebration of Life
March 13, 2021

2:00 PM
Life Pointe Church (Missouri City, Houston National Cemetery)

March 25, 2021

2:15 PM

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