Rich was born in Baker to Charles Maurice Hindman and Lilly Isabbell Manary on May 31, 1940. He was raised a country boy in Durkee, where he was educated in a one-room schoolhouse. After attending high school in Baker, he went to business college and began his professional career, initially as a bookkeeper.
He married Mary Ann Nemec July 22, 1961. They lived in Baker before relocating to Burns in 1975, then Redmond in 1980, with Rich working in the grocery industry for more than 40 years, 33 of which were spent with Safeway.
Rich became an esteemed and beloved member of his communities through the infectious smile and warm, magnetic personality he brought to work every day. After retiring in 2000, he spent time in the Western United States, golfing and going on adventures with his wife. He reentered the workforce three years later in order to cultivate more warm, caring relationships similar to those he built throughout his career.
Throughout his life, Rich was an avid hunter, golfer, bowler and horseshoe player. He was an active member of the Redmond Elks Lodge for many years where he became an Exalted Ruler.
As a father, he became a fan of the Burns Hilanders, following his son’s athletic competitions. In later years, Rich passionately supported his grandsons’ sports teams in Redmond, and became a second grandpa to many of their teammates and friends. He was a proud member of the Rattler baseball club, and later, attended many home and away Redmond High School athletic events.
Rich and Mary Ann spent several months out of every year in Santa Cruz, Calif. with their daughter, Lisa, and her family. Grammy and Papa were very devoted to their grandchildren, attending sports and school events, plays, and going on walks. Their time together allowed them to make lots of memories, including sharing holidays, snuggles on the couch and playing together.
Richie held many people near and dear to his heart, including his siblings and their spouses; Joe and Sharon Hindman, Billy and Jeanette Hindman, Paul and Jan Osgood, Jim and Erin Hindman, Eddy and Margit Hindman, Betty Hindman and his many nieces, nephews and cousins. The extended Nemec family was also always very important to Rich.
Rich is survived by the love of his life, Mary Ann Hindman, his dedicated wife of 53 years; son and daughter-in-law, John and Lisa Hindman; three grandsons, Kenny Robinson and his wife, Audra, and a great-grandson, Kellen, Eric Hindman, and Trevor Hindman; daughter and son-in-law Lisa Hindman Holbert and Geordie Holbert; three grandchildren, Liliana Holbert, Ian Holbert, and Isla Holbert; his brother-in-law Dan Nemec, sister-in-law Margaret Moore, nephew, Andy, and niece, Mary.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents through marriage, Leonard and Martha Nemec, brother, Tommy Hindman, his daughter, Doorie Lynn Hindman, and his nephew, Matthew Nemec.
There will be a private ceremony with immediate family to celebrate Rich’s life in the Ochoco Mountains, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Redmond Panthers football program (675 SW Rimrock Way, Redmond, OR 97756) or a youth sports program of your choice. There will be no funeral or service.