Funeral for Marine pilot Kelly Hinz to be held at St. Thomas Friday

Funeral services for Kelly Hinz, a U.S. Marine pilot who died May 2 when his jet crashed in Iraq, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the main campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in St. Mary’s Chapel at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas. The School of Divinity is located on the St. Thomas campus that is south of Summit Avenue and west of Cretin Avenue.

The flag will be flown at half-staff at St. Thomas on Friday in Hinz’ honor.

Hinz, 30, transferred to St. Thomas in the spring semester of 1995 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in December 1997. He majored in business administration and entrepreneurship.

Kelly Hinz

Hinz also attended St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, as did his three brothers. At the academy he was involved with the literary magazine, school newspaper and yearbook, and was a member of the academy’s state-champion Alpine ski team.

He is a native of Woodbury, where his mother, Patricia, resides. His father, Donald, was a retired military and commercial pilot who died a year ago near Red Wing when a historic World War II fighter plane he was piloting crashed during an air show.

Father John Ubel, interim rector and vice president of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial here Friday. Ubel is a former chaplain and religion teacher at St. Thomas Academy. He was there when all four Hinz brothers attended, and he taught religion to Kelly in his freshman and junior years.

Ubel also witnessed the marriage of Kelly Hinz and his wife, Molly Milbert Hinz. They were married in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1999.

Joining Ubel in celebrating the Mass will be Bishop Richard Pates, a former pastor at St. Ambrose Catholic Church of Woodbury and now auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

In addition to his wife, mother and brothers, Kelly Hinz is survived by his 7-month-old daughter, Abby. The family had been living in San Diego, Calif., where Hinz was stationed.

Memorials are preferred to the Abby Hinz College Education Fund, P.O. Box 45161, San Diego, CA, 92145.

A private family burial will be held at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.



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