Rex Franklin Hindman

September 24, 1929 ~ June 21, 2022 (age 92)


Rex Franklin Hindman, long time Shelbyville resident, passed away Tuesday June 21 at Ashford Place.

Rex was born September 24, 1929, to Leo and Hazel (Grayhem) Hindman in Herrin Illinois. He lived in DuQuoin, Illinois for most of his childhood and teenage years, and graduated from DuQuoin High School. Rex attended Southern Illinois University until he enlisted in the Air Force. He was sent to South Korea to fight in the Korean Conflict. He was a proud veteran and enjoyed regaling his family with war stories. He was a life member of the VFW.

Leo and Hazel owned a hardware store in DuQuoin, and after Korea, Rex joined them in managing the store. Soon Rex was recruited to wholesale hardware for Belknap and was assigned the South-Central Indiana area. In 1962, Rex and his family moved to Shelbyville.  He continued to wholesale hardware through his career, retiring from Orgill Brothers. Rex was often the top salesman of the year and mentored many salesmen at Belknap and Orgill. 

In Shelbyville, Rex became active in Little League baseball as a coach for his son Randy and his son Kelly’s teams.  He also was supportive of the J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club and served on the Board of Directors for several years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, serving the church as a deacon and leader for many years. Rex was a 33rd Degree Mason associated with the Masonic Lodge of Shelbyville, #28.

Family was everything to Rex. He served as a patriarch to large and happy family that often vacationed together and loved nothing more than the chaos of the Hindmans celebrating holidays and various life events.

Rex was predeceased by his parents, his wives Carol (Shumaker) Hindman, Wanda (Creek) Hindman, and Bernice (Werbe) Hindman, and his oldest son Randy; his brother Raymond Hindman, and sister Jackye Williams.

He is survived by his children Kelly Hindman (Karen) of Carmel, IN, Sarah (David) Finkel of Shelbyville, and Susan (David) McRoberts of Greenwood Indiana, daughters in law Pam (Browning) Hindman and Donna (Benoist) Hindman  He had 11 grandchildren, Kellie, Bruce (Chanda), Abby (Stephen), Kyle (Mary), Molly (Steve), Brent (Kristy), Andrew (Elizabeth), Allie (Alfredo) Emily (PJ), Adam (Courtney), and Elizabeth (Quinton). He has 10 great grandchildren, Gabby (Patrick), McKenzie, Kenlie, Madison, Liam, Ricky, Brett, Maggie, Ruby Claire, and Willow.

He is also survived by his dear friend, Ellave Miles, and by Della Pavey who has been a loving caregiver to Rex for several years. The family is also grateful to Dr. Melanie Stevens, the Ashford Place staff and Our Hospice of Central Indiana for their compassionate care of Rex in his last few months.

Graveside services will be 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 28, 2022  at Forest Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Bill Horner officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday morning from 10:00 am until the time of the service, at the funeral home.  Military graveside rites will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust at Rex’s beautiful great granddaughter, Ruby Claire suffers from this rare and debilitating disease or the J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club may be made at


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June 28, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Glenn E. George and Son Funeral Home
437 Amos Rd.
Shelbyville, IN 46176

Graveside Service
June 28, 2022

12:00 PM
Forest Hill Cemetery

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