Delores Ruth Kinkade Hemmer, 84, Zoar

Delores Ruth Kinkade Hemmer took her last breath on earth and her first in heaven on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Born in Bone Gap, Illinois, to Harold and Vivian Kinkade on April 19, 1937, she lived most of her life in Zoar, Indiana.

Some would say she was just a housewife but she was so much more.

Delores was a wife and partner to Ralph, whom she married on June 5, 1955, a loving mother to Becky, John, Rachel, and Laura (Lou), a devoted ‘Granny’ to 12 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren and several foster great-grandchildren.

She was a gardener and herbalist, an amazing cook and baker, a vocally-trained soprano, and an author, publishing three books about life on Meadowtop, the farm that was homesteaded by her husband’s family. She also wrote the Zoar news for the Dubois County Herald, as well as Meadowtop Journal in the Huntingburg Press.

She loved collecting antiques and she and her husband owned a shop, Granny’s Antiques, for many years before retiring.

She was a woman of strong faith who was sought out by others as a mentor, confidante, prayer partner, and Christian friend who always had time to listen. As the children were growing up, the family traveled and sang gospel music at churches, gatherings, and auditoriums and, at times, were privileged to open for groups like the Cathedral Quartet. She and Ralph were lay missionaries, serving on many Weekend Encounter teams. She was also a member of the Emmaus community. When she and Ralph married, she became a member of Zoar United Methodist Church and served faithfully over the years as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, UMW president and was on the original Mosquito Fest committee.

She graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1955. She was a charter member of Southern Belles Extension Homemakers Club and she and Ralph were years-long members of the Uhl Collectors Society.

Meeting her in heaven are her husband and soulmate of 62 years, Ralph Hemmer; her parents, Harold and Vivian Kinkade; her beloved brothers, Mickey, Bobby, and Keith Kinkade.

Left to mourn her passing are her children, Becky (Ron) Brockriede, John (Janet) Hemmer, Rachel (Ron) Hughes, and Lou Hemmer. Her grandchildren, Cindy (Chris) Rothrock, Jason (Amber) Brockriede, Natalie (Jeff) Meece, Erin (Jeremy) Marshall, Doug (Alaina) Hall, Jenny (Doug) Polley, Joshua (Paula) Hemmer, Jill (Darryl) Booth, Timmi (Mike) Shawler, Jonathon (Katherine) Hemmer, Chase (Christy) Walton, and Tai (Mike) Muldoon; her sister, DeAnn (David) Kurtz and sister-in-law, Linda Kinkade; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services for Delores Hemmer will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar, IN. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Zoar United Methodist Church for family wishes.

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  1. To the Hemmer & Kincade families, you have our sincere sympathy on the passing of Delores.
    Ken & Marilyn Smith

  2. I do not know the Kinkade-Hemmer families, nor did I know Ruth, but her obituary painted a wonderful picture of her. She must have been a very special woman, and I am so sorry for your loss. I want to compliment the person who wrote this lovely tribute.

  3. Delores, the members of the Huntingburg Class of 1955 will miss you. Prayers for your family you loved dearly. So many memories I have of you as my friend: our vocal quartet in high school, the two of us attending the Metropolitan Opera at IU. Your traditional family Thanksgiving weekend cookie baking will continue to honor your memory. What better legacy could come from the daughter of a Huntingburg Bakery Shop owner.

  4. Becky and John and families………
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. A gentle, Christian woman with a beautiful voice!!

    God be with you all.

  5. I did not know her well but I’ve had the privilege of knowing her daughter Becky. She is quite a tribute to her mother. I met her a few times when Becky was with her. What a lovely and Godly woman. I certainly wish I had gotten to know her better. She was blessed with lots of family and she will live on through them.

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