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Thomas "Tom" Peter Hinrichsen, III

January 16, 1956 - November 19, 2022
From: Spencer, IA
Thomas "Tom" Peter Hinrichsen, III

Thomas "Tom" Peter Hinrichsen, III

Born: January 16, 1956
Died: November 19, 2022
Age: 66

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     Thomas Peter Hinrichsen III-dedicated father of four, friend of many, and life long Iowa State fan, passed away on November 19, 2022 at the age of 66 in Spencer, Iowa. 

     Tom was born to Thomas and Bernice (Mittman) Hinrichsen in Muscatine, Iowa on January 16, 1956.  He was the youngest of 4 children, having 3 older sisters to spoil him.  He graduated from Muscatine High School and then attended Muscatine Community College.  He advanced his education by attending Iowa State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial (Business) Administration. He studied for his CPA exam and after passing with flying colors, started his career at Cain Ellsworth and Co. in Sheldon, Iowa. Later in his career he took a different path and he became a Controller for both a small business and a public company.  Realizing he missed the life of a CPA, he settled in Spencer, Iowa and has worked as a Senior Accountant with Winther Stave for the last 30 years.

     In 1988, he met and married Yvonne Fougner and started a family.  They were blessed with 4 wonderful children.  The household was a busy, noisy one, but lots of love and laughter was had.  We listened to many stories of his time growing up in a river town, from some of his jobs at the steel mill, the taxi stand and HyVee and to some of the just darn stupid stuff that happens to a Hinrichsen and we will continue to share and laugh about them. The best times were had with the kids at Jack Trice Stadium and the ever-loved Cyclone football. Snow nor rain nor 1 small tornado could keep this Cyclone fan home. Memories to cherish. His hobbies included golfing with his friends at Meadowbrook in Hartley, bowling with the Cindy’s Steakhouse crew on Thursday nights, and the SCT Theater, performing on stage for a couple of productions. He also liked to experiment with cooking and thoroughly enjoyed a good meal shared with family.

     Those left to cherish his memory and pass on his stories are his children, Jake, Ames, IA; Josh, (Jasmine), Naperville, IL; Megan (Hank), Atlanta, GA; and Abbie, Spencer, IA. His sisters Carol (Dave) Lawson, LeClair, IA; Joyce Myers, Iowa City, IA; Kathy (Al) Rebal, Iowa City, IA.  His Aunt Sharon (Carl) Klein, Spirit Lake, IA; Aunt Gladys Mittman, Muscatine, IA.  Many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  And many, many friends too numerous to count!

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Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, November 25, 2022 at the First Congregational Church in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church in Thomas's name.
Rev. Deb Mechler
Rodney Meendering
Patrick Nalley
Gary Peters
David Schmidt
Arvin Druvenga
John Toale
Sam Johnson

Honoray Casket Bearers
Brent Anderson
Tim Potts
Kevin Green
Will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Service with the family present at the First Congregational Church.
Congregational Hymns
"Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
"We Are Called"

Organist, Elina Ozolins

Special Music
"In My Life"
By The Beatles


Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 6:28 AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 10:39 AM
“I was so sad to hear of Tom's passing. He was one of my first friends in life in our toddler years. I have many fond memories of the Hinrichsen family. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you in this difficult time. Roberta (Schnedler) Hilton.”
- Roberta (Schnedler) Hilton
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 10:39 AM
“Tom was a good friend. I always enjoyed singing with him in the church choir. He was also one our best drivers for Meals on Wheels. We will truly miss him. Unfortunately, Susan and I have had plans to take one of our granddaughters to Dea Moines for a performance. We will not be able to attend the funeral service. We apologize. We will be thinking of you in the time ahead. ”
- Tom and Susan Howe
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 6:47 AM
“Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family for your tragic loss.
May God surround you with His love, give you comfort and warmth and provide you with strength during this time. ”
- Traci Fougner
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 6:47 AM
“To all of Tom's Family. So very sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy! Hold tight to all your happy memories with him!”
- Mark & Sue Hallett
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 10:16 AM
“To all that loved Tom I am praying for peace in your hearts ! He was a very gentle man and he will be missed by many! My deepest sympathies to all. ”
- Rhonda Olson
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 6:54 AM
“My deepest sympathy to Tom's family and co-workers. Whenever i would see him, always a smile, kind words, and well wishes for a good day. Rest in Peace Tom.”
- Mari Lu Larson
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 6:53 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Prayers and hugs for all four of you! May you feel Gods loving arms wrapping you all in his warm embrace🙏🙏🙏”
- Randy & Judy Van Dyke
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 6:53 AM
“Mel and I relied upon Tom’s professional work for many years. We found him easy to converse with and helpful. He was proud of his children and would give us updates about them. He was thankful for their care when he needed it. Sympathy to the family and co-workers. ”
- Jan Myers
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 6:53 AM
“I am so sad to hear of my good friend Tom's passing. I have very fond memories of he and I golfing, bowling going to ISU basketball and football games, playing pool, having a beer, traveling in England, and everything else good friends do together. I worked with Tom at the Ames Hy-Vee store, he did my taxes, and he was the accountant for a business I operated. You couldn't meet a nicer, more genuine guy. My condolences to all of Tom's family.”
- Kevin Green
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 6:53 AM
“All who knew Tom from school enjoyed his cheerful nature and genuine character.Though not seeing him lately sure he never changed.Good man gone way too soon!”
- Kerry Blake
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 4:18 PM
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Much to young. My heart goes out to you and your family. Remember and live in the memories. Hugs sweetie.
Abby Camp”
- Abby Camp
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 2:18 PM
“I was so sorry to heart about Tom. He was one of the kindest, funniest and sweetest men I ever knew. When we were in high school, he would come over for tacos when my Mom made those. I saw Tom at the MHS 40th reunion. He was at the bowling alley with his, I'm guessing, two youngest children and they were having a great time. I will miss him dearly.”
- Michele Plogh
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 12:32 PM
“It is with deep sadness I learned of Tom's passing. He was such a great person. When in high school, he and a couple others would come over to my parent's house for tacos. The last time I saw Tom was at our 40th anniversary. He was bowling with 2 of his younger? children. He will be so missed.”
- Michele Plogh
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