Judge Robert Lewis Hines


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Judge Robert Lewis Hines 1

  • Born: 22 Mar 1923
  • Marriage (1): Maurine Ellen Leas on 24 Jul 1943
  • Died: 15 Apr 2006, Naples, Collier County, Florida, USA at age 83 2
  • Buried: Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

bullet  General Notes:

Robert L. Hines, 83, of Naples, Florida, Syracuse, Indiana and formerly of Fort Wayne, Indiana, died April 15, 2006 in Naples. He was the son of John H. & Myrtle G. Hines. He graduated from South Side High School in 1941 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1997. He attended Indiana University on a basketball scholarship and received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1949. During World War II, he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corp, October 1943. He ferried B17's from Massachusetts to Texas and later became a flight instructor at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, AL. He married Maurine Ellen Leas on July 24, 1943. Bob practiced law with his father-in-law, Fay W. Leas (Leas and Hines) from 1949 to 1971 when former governor Edgar Whitcomb appointed him an Allen County Superior Court Judge. He served as Judge, Chief Judge, Senior Judge, and then Judge Pro-tem until he retired December 31, 2003. He was a member of the Allen County, Indiana State, and American Bar Associations. In 1991, he was honored by former Governor, Evan Bayh as a Sagamore of the Wabash Recipient, the highest honor bestowed by a governor. In 1954, Bob and his wife, Maurine, were two of the original founders of Johnny Appleseed School for retarded children so their son would have a place to learn. He served as director for the school's first 5 years and today the school is known as Easter Seals Arc of Fort Wayne. Bob was an active member of the South Side Kiwanis Club in Fort Wayne and more recently, the North Webster Kiwanis Club. He had been a member of the Fort Wayne Friars Club, Orchard Ridge Country Club and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He received a lifetime award for Outstanding Service from the Alfred Alder Institute in Fort Wayne. He was an over 50 year member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon and Elder. Bob was an excellent athlete and enjoyed playing and watching basketball and golf most of his life. He also enjoyed his retirement home at Lake Wawasee and spending the winter months in Florida. Not only was he a community leader, organizer and volunteer, but he was also a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Although he will be long remembered and sorely missed, he left a legacy of doing your best and caring for and helping others. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Maurine; daughters, Susan (Gary) Muncy of Fort Myers Beach, FL, Janice (Joe) Sopata of Fairfield, CT., Barbara Hines of Naples, Fl. and son, Scott (Diane) Hines of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, Julie Goodwin of Fort Wayne, Jason (Patty) Clancy of Scottsburg, IN., Leia and Tom Sopata of Fairfield, CT., Marc Raff of Chicago, Il., Chelsea, Chloe, and Chase Hines of Fort Wayne and three great grandchildren, Summer Goodwin of Fort Wayne, and Kady and Kody Clancy of Scottsburg, IN.; brothers, John H. Hines of Fort Wayne, Harry (Joan) Hines of Columbia City, sister, Mary Lee Katovich of Kenosha, WI. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert L. Hines, Jr. Bob's family will receive friends for visitation, Friday, April 21, 2006 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road from 5 to 8 pm and at 10 am Saturday April 22, 2006 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne Street, A funeral service will immediately follow at 11am, with a gathering and fellowship after the service in McKay Hall. Preferred Memorials are to Easter Seals Arc of Fort Wayne or First Presbyterian Church.


Robert married Maurine Ellen Leas, daughter of Judge Fay Willis Leas and Margarite Ann Randles, on 24 Jul 1943. (Maurine Ellen Leas was born on 29 Apr 1923 in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA, died on 13 Nov 2012 and was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.)



1 Notes from David A. Leas and/or the 1950 Leas Family Genealogy.

2 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette obituary (4-19-2006).

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