David L. Hinshaw

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David Lee

  • Visitation
    • Friday, January 14, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2507 5th Ave, South Milwaukee
    • Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 9:30-11AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2507 5th Ave, South Milwaukee
  • Memorial Service
    • Saturday, January 15, 2022 starting at 11am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2507 5th Ave, South Milwaukee


David Lee Hinshaw of Caledonia, WI passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 8, 2022 after an 18-month fight with lung cancer. He was born on August 1, 1946 in Gary, IN to George and Naomi (Franklin) Hinshaw who both preceded him in death.

David served honorably in the US Navy from 1965 to 1967 and survived being washed overboard from his ship in the Atlantic Ocean. He went on to complete a plumbing apprenticeship and eventually became a master plumber, working for many years as a plumber/pipefitter. After his retirement in 2008, David went on a mission trip to Sri Lanka where he installed plumbing in a new school building at an orphanage.

On November 4, 1972 he married Carol Schwalenberg at Faith Lutheran Church in Appleton, WI. In his last days, he was heard describing her as his “beautiful bride of 49 years”. David and Carol loved to travel, enjoyed family vacations at their lake house in Tomahawk, WI, and took many motorcycle road trips across the country together.

David’s passion for motorcycles began as a child, as he pushed his bicycle to the top of a mountain near his home in Tucson, AZ and made motorcycle noises all the way down. At age 15 his first motorcycle was a Cushman Scooter, and many years later he found a vintage Cushman which he restored to look just like his first. Over the years he has owned over 40 motorcycles, including many that he bought in parts and restored. A highlight of his motorcycling adventures was a ride across the US in 2001 on a 1945 Indian Chief to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Indian Motocycle Company (and yes, the original company left out the “R”).

He was a former member of the Fond du Lac Harley Owners Group (HOG) and served for two years as the director of that group. He was also a member of the Beja Shrine Temple Motor Corp in Green Bay, WI and did precision riding in many parades in WI and MI. He later became involved with the Naked Gold Wing Motorcycle Club, riding vintage Honda Gold Wings with the fairings removed (hence, “naked”), and made many new friends with this group and enjoyed their multi-day rides down twisty, winding roads across several states.

He was a charter member of the Wanderers Motorcycle Club in Portage, IN. Most recently he joined the Badger Heritage Antique Motorcycle Club, rebuilding and riding vintage motorcycles from the 1940’s through the 1970’s. He especially enjoyed the members of this group who invited him to join the Saturday morning Breakfast Club.

David was a member of the American Legion Post 260, also in Portage, IN. He was a third generation Mason and a Past Master of Lodge #379 in Chesterton, IN and also a Past Master of South Shore Lodge #3 in Franklin, WI. He was also a prior member of Oshkosh Masonic Lodge #27.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his dearly loved daughters Emily (Mat) Windsor of Conifer, CO and Amanda (Chris) Sieg of Franklin, WI, his precious grandchildren Mackenzie and Brady Sieg, his sister Ruthann Davis of Oklahoma City, OK and brother John Hinshaw of Venice, FL, and many nieces and nephews as well as friends who were like family.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2507 5th Ave, South Milwaukee, WI. A memorial service will also be held at the church on Saturday, January 15, 2022 with visitation from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. Masks will be required. Inurnment with a motorcycle processional will take place at Southern WI Veterans Memorial Cemetery (Union Grove) in the spring.


  1. Vivian Ross January 10, 2022 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Wish I could be there. I always adored Daves huge heart and big smile. He was a great guy he will be missed by so many here in Portage.

  2. Vahona Walta January 10, 2022 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I remember Dave from High School and the class reunions . My brother loved motorcycles too. He had a cushman. Also. I’m sure they knew each other. I remember him as smiling a lot.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. God be with you and your family.

  3. THOMAS M TURNER January 10, 2022 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Dave and I began a correspondence of several years that lasted until shortly before his passing. He was a fellow member of Beja Shrine and ROJ #197, so our pen-pal relationship was easy and we became friends. He was a man with a winning sense of humor and was always up to date on current events — which formed the basis for most of our conversations. Interestingly, Dave and I never met face-to-face, but we shared much of the same mind-set and outlook on life and I know we’d have had a great time with a few PBR’s and lawn chairs. Like so many that you left behind, Dave, I shall miss you. MIK, my friend.

  4. David Barney January 10, 2022 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    My Beja motorcycle buddy I will miss you my friend

  5. Chris Gans January 10, 2022 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Dave and I knew each other from several years past as Brother Masons. I hadn’t seen him in a number of years and he showed up at a Badger Chapter meeting. He always greeted me with a huge smile and a handshake. I will miss you my friend and Brother!

  6. Chris Northway January 10, 2022 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I met Indian Dave in the early 90’s because of motorcycles. We met at ABATE meetings and then though the HOG chapter. He was always willing to help and share his wisdom. He will be missed. I will never forget him.

  7. david d cornett January 10, 2022 at 8:57 pm - Reply


    Dave was a great honest person of many interest. motorcycles being one, along with Masonary , and the love for his family.. Always making new friends at motorcycle functions and trading, knowledge…. I will always remember him from our times at motorcycle meets or being that friend who was always there when you called . TRULY MISS… TRULY ALWAYS REMEMBERED

  8. John Groth January 10, 2022 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    He was a great guy. He was easy to like and .,
    love. He will be missed until we meet again with our Lord.


  9. Adam Kurutz January 11, 2022 at 6:49 am - Reply

    My condolences Dave was a great neighbor. I will miss talking to him on his walks around. The block

  10. Mary Schultz January 11, 2022 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    We really only knew Dave as “Emily’s dad” but from Emily’s love for Dave (and the fact that he brought their family to my daughter Corey’s wedding in Chicago, which I thought was the coolest thing to share with us that day) I could tell how special Dave was on this Earth to more than his immediate circle. Carol, Emily, and Amanda, I know you have great memories of your husband and father which will partially fill the void left behind; now I ask the Universal Life Force known as God to bring Peace to your hearts and mind so that your Love will connect past time and space to him.
    Sincerely with great sadness for your loss,
    Mary and Henry Schultz

  11. Rusty and Teddie Mitchell January 11, 2022 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    We will always treasure our times together and the fun we had with the Beja Escort Patrol.
    Our sincere condolences.
    Rusty and Teddie Mitchell

  12. Gregg Spino January 11, 2022 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Although I hadn’t known Dave all that long, I felt an instant connection to him. We became fast friends and breakfast pals and would see one another weekly.
    Dave will surely be missed and always fondly remembered by all that came to know him. A real shining star, the kind of which only pass this way so seldom.
    A true loss for all. My sincerest condolences

  13. Irv Vogt January 13, 2022 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Sure will miss you Chicken had may good motorcycle trips together running out of brothers

  14. edwin amir January 14, 2022 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    David, my best man, I will miss you buddy.

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