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Thomas Scott Hinman

Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013


Oct. 11, 1963-April 25, 2013

BILLINGS, Mont. – Funeral services for Thomas “Scotty” Hinman were held Monday, April 29, 2013, in Basin. Burial was at the Whaley Cemetery near Shell. Scotty passed away April 25 in Billings, Mont., of complications from acute leukemia.

Scotty was born in Billings on May 3, 1939, to Genevieve (Whaley) and George Hinman. He was raised on the family farm near Shell. He attended Greybull schools, graduating in 1957.

Scotty enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduation from high school. He was stationed in Germany during the Berlin Crisis. Following his discharge, he worked as a farmhand in Basin, Forsyth, Mont. and Shell.

He married Karen Michaels of Basin on Oct. 11, 1963. He went to school to become an electrician and was employed by the Big Horn Rural Electric Association until his retirement in 2001. He worked as a journeyman, lineman, line foreman and master electrician during his 31 years with the company.

Known for his storytelling and quick wit, Scotty was actively involved in his community. He was a volunteer fireman and an EMT and was a charter member of the South Big Horn County Search and Rescue. He served three terms on the Greybull school board.

More recently, he followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps as a Big Horn County Commissioner for the last six years. He was known for standing for his convictions. His favorite pastimes included time on the Big Horn Mountains and playing cards.

Scotty is survived by his wife, Karen; son Alan (Cheryl) and stepdaughters Katie and Lindsey Graham, all of Lyman; daughter Lori (Greg) Dorr of Jamestown, N.D.; daughter Connie (Todd) Werbelow of Emblem and grandchildren Kelsie and Ben Anson; older brother George Jr. (Donna) of New Mexico; younger sister Nancy (Rick) Vonburg of Torrington; and numerous other relatives.

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