Earl Joseph Hinkel, 49, of Sunrise, FL died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 at his home after a battle with cancer.
Joe was born Dec. 19, 1969 in Akron to John and Geraldine (Gardner) Hinkel Sr. and was named after his paternal grandfather. In 1972 Joe’s family moved from the city to the countryside outside of Rittman. Joe lived in the surrounding area for the next 43 years and during this time he became a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He developed an uncanny ability as a master tinkerer who was able to repair just about anything. As a young father, he did his best to raise his children and in 2001 he married his soul mate, Candace. Joe truly came to know the Lord as his personal Savior in the summer of 2006 and he moved to Florida in the summer of 2015 where he joined the Plantation Baptist Church. Joe is survived by his wife, Candace, his children, Joey, Tasha, Tommy and Autumn, step-daughter, Jasmine; grandchildren, Dominic, Endymion and Sadie; his mother, Geraldine Hinkel and his brother John and his family, Susan, Daniel and Jack. His father preceded him in death in 2014.
A service was held at Plantation Baptist Church on Wednesday, Feb. 6th with a service in Ohio to be held at a later date.