Jonathan Hinck

Collection Management Librarian

June 5, 1965–July 1, 2014

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Jonathan H. “Jon” Hinck, 49, of West Salem, passed away surrounded by his family, listening to his favorite Bob Dylan music, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

He was born June 5, 1965, in Storm Lake, Iowa, to Henry W. and Elsbeth (Asp) Hinck. Jon was a 1984 graduate of West Salem High School. In 1989 he majored in history and political science, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 1991 he received a Master of Arts in History degree from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities. In 1995 he received a Master of Arts in Teaching (Education) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and in 1999 he received a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jon was employed at Viterbo University in La Crosse as a Collection Management Librarian from January 1999 until the time of his passing.

He was well known around the office for his dry wit. Jon was the historian of the library. If you wanted to know why something was done a certain way, what decision was made, or who was involved, Jon would be able to tell you. His mind was like a great book of processes and details. He took his role as the archivist very seriously. Jon worked with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, notably former library director, Sr. Frances Clare, in organizing the archives. He had an amazing ability to find what a requestor needed. He was not afraid to take on new challenges, especially related to technology. He was instrumental in moving Viterbo’s print journal collection to a largely online collection. Jon also implemented the Viterbo Research Collection, the university’s first institutional repository of undergraduate and graduate student scholarship. He was also the organizing force behind the Past and Present digital collection of images from seven Wisconsin private colleges. Past and Present was implemented at a time when many small libraries could not afford digital archiving software, so he organized a group to make collective use of Viterbo’s system. Jon was also heavily involved in the Wisconsin Catholic Library Association, serving on several committees and helping to manage the association’s website. Further, his work on the WCLA Newsletter garnered him national recognition from the Catholic Library Association in three separate years. Jon frequently spoke about how much he valued working with his student workers, and helped them in their college and professional careers. He also made sure his office was well stocked with snacks for them.

Jon was a proud uncle. He enjoyed sharing his niece and nephews’ achievements with Viterbo colleagues, as well as attending their academic and extracurricular functions.

Survivors include his mother, Elsbeth Hinck (husband, Lyle Miles) of West Salem; his sister, Caroline (Kristjan) Sells of Barre Mills; his niece, Lydia Sells of Barre Mills; his two nephews, Ethan and Erick Sells, both of Barre Mills; his cousins, Barbara (Jerry) Primm of Moline, Ill., Barbara (John) Berlin of Albuquerque, N.M., Mary (Arthur) Pearson of Flower Mound, Texas, and Kathryn (Bill) Bonnell of Leander, Texas; his uncle, Waldo (Irene) Asp of Birchwood, Wis.; and his aunt, Susan (Clarion) Olsen of Becker, MInn.

Jon was preceded in death by his father, Henry W. Hinck.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Presbyterian Church of West Salem, 625 West Franklin St.. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery. Rev. Larry Olson and Waldo Asp will officiate. A visitation will be held from 1–4 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday, both at the Presbyterian Church of West Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be given to the Jonathan H. Hinck Memorial Scholarship Fund. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Jostad Chapel), West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at