In Memory of Nathaniel Hinkle(1996 - 2016)

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Name
Nathaniel Hinkle
Birth Date
April 30, 1996
Ascension Date
October 7, 2016  
Local Church
Philadelphia Family Church
family and friends

Nathaniel Li Hinkle unexpectedly passed into the spirit world Friday morning, October 7, 2016.

Heaven was probably ready for Nathan last February when he nearly died in circumstances resulting from an unexpected brain chemistry imbalance. From that time on he made steady progress in a heroic effort to recover. This gave us the blessing of being able to share almost another year of love with him. However, early Friday morning after work, it seems there was a sudden relapse in his condition, and he unintentionally fell to his death from a very high cell tower. The outpouring of love and respect for Nathan since his passing has been overwhelming and awe-inspiring.

One constant throughout Nathan’s life was the Shehaqua Family Camp community and culture. Although 20 years old when he passed, Nathan attended the Family camp every year for 22 years! … this is not a typo. The shim jung network of friends from Shehaqua and his NGA experiences is a truly beautiful and hopeful thing to see.

Ever since he was young, Nathan has had an innocent passion for life and an ability to self-learn very complex things quickly, such as the advanced Rubik’s Cubes and creating micro magnet polyhedrons. He devoured books rapidly, and was passionate about developing his mind, health and spirituality. Especially in the latter years of his life, he strove to make Unification ideals a personal reality. He really enjoyed engaging others in deep questions, taking time for reflection, and modeling the Eckhart Tolle practice of mindfulness and being present. Anyone who observed him close his eyes as he slowly savored each bite of a meal is prone to smile.

As Nathan was growing up he was exceptionally well adjusted. He easily endeared himself to his older siblings’ friends and seemed to thrive in the younger brother positions, rather than being intimidated by age differences. He was unusually free to talk to us as parents about anything he was going through; things most teenagers wouldn’t consider.

He also became an older brother to many, and had an inner peace and self-esteem that he enthusiastically conveyed to others. His mediums to do this were Parkour, beat boxing, dancing, and just being silly–not always the most refined arts but done with an intense freedom of spirit, even shock and awe, partly to help others to get beyond their inhibitions and limitations. Nathan envisioned a world where everyone was free to be their true selves and express themselves fully, and lived his life accordingly.

His NextGen Academy experiences, especially in Africa, were a real catalyst to allow Nathan to discover an even more profound level of genuineness and his unique value.

Nathan is survived by his parents Geoffrey and Claire Hinkle, his Blessed sisters and their families: Leighton, Crescentia and Rose DeGoede, Victor and Laura Cordero, his brother Joseph Hinkle, and Grandfather Gerald Hinkle (93).

He will continue to love you all dearly, and make you smile from time to time.


Flowers can be sent to: Henninger Funeral Home at 229 N 5th St, Reading, PA 19601
(Not Scottish Rite Cathedral)

Condolences can be sent to: Geoffrey and Claire Hinkle at 719 Warren St, Reading, PA 19601

We have also created a Facebook group, “Celebrating the Life of Nathan Hinkle,” where we can share our favorite memories, messages to Nate, photos, videos and the like, to create a memorial with which we can further remember and cherish the time we could spend with him.


Seonghwa Ceremony

Date
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Location
Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S 7th Ave, Reading, PA 19611
Viewing
2:00 PM (EST)
Memorial Service
3:30 PM (EST)
Reception Dinner
5:30 PM (EST)
RSVP
All Are Welcome! http://celebrating-nathan-hinkle.eventbrite.com/

Comments (25)

  • Donna McMillin

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    Dear Jeffrey and family,
    I grieve to hear,the,loss of you beloved son Nathaniel. May your hearts be healed through prayers and tears. God bless Nathaniel on his path heavenward.

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  • Debra Gertz

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    Sorry to hear of your son’s passing. I know there are many wonderful 2nd gen in Heaven that will love and befriend Nathaniel. I am sorry that another family is suffering the lose of their beautiful son. Derek told me in a dream: No one EVER dies, and True Love is forever.

    Love and Prayers,
    Debra Gertz

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  • Marguerite Felig

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    Dear Claire, Geoffrey and Family,
    Nathan sounds like an exceptionally loving, grace-filled and grateful young man. I’ll pray for his peaceful transition, and that you will be comforted by the precious time he was able to be with you. May Heavenly Parent’s love surround and connect you all as one Blessed Family. Love, Marguerite

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  • Terry Yamane

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    Dear Geoffrey and Claire, what a shock and painful tragedy to lose your beautiful son, so early and unexpectedly. We are praying for you and your family and for God’s grace to help you through this . We send our love. The Yamane family

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  • Randy & Kumiko Francis

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    Geoffery and Claire, love and prayers for Nathan and your family. Thank you for sharing Nathan’s beautiful life with us.

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  • Dorothy Hill

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    I send my love and prayers for precious Nathaniel. I never met him but am in awe of your description of him. What an amazing human being. May God be with him now and with all of you.

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  • Edy Iversen

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    Words cannot express my heartbreak at the loss of your beautiful young son. Our family is praying for his peaceful ascension and for your hearts to be comforted. With all our love and prayers from France.

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  • Mark Johnson

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    Very very sorry for the loss of your precious son Nathaniel. It seems that some will find a greater peace and place in the eternal world of love earlier than others. As Debra Gertz put it so well, No one ever dies and True Love lives forever. Wishing you great comfort and love during this transitional period.

    Mark Johnson

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  • Eric Carlson

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    Our prayers and love to the whole Hinkle family and the friends of Nathaniel. It is a time of eternal transition for Nathan and also a time of feeling separation and loss for those he leaves behind in this world.
    May you feel the Grace of God.

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  • Laurence Baer

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    Nathan, there is so much to do. Look forward. Now all your energy and love and exuberance will have no limitations. We love you so very much. Peace!

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  • Yung & Eriko Chia

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    To the Hinkle Family, it is an inconsolable event for a parent to see their child go to the spirit world before themselves, even though we understand about that eternal realm. Our prayers and hearts go out to you. We will determine to live our lives in a way that honors Nathan’s sacrifice and that he will continue to live on, not only in our hearts and minds, but through our lives here in earth, giving joy to others as Nathan did. May our beloved True Father greet you and hold you in his loving embrace, Nathan.

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  • Sara Prates

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    Descanse em paz!

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  • Betsy Jones

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    Dear Jeff and Claire and each of the Hinkle family. Thankyou for creating and nurturing such a person as Nathan. We can only feel gratitude for his life and personhood and know he will continue to touch others from his new eternal home. May you feel comfort from God’s deep love for each of you especially Nathan. Farley and Betsy

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  • Burt Leavitt

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    What a beautiful son!! I am sure Heavenly Parents and True Father welcomed him with open arms … and anticipation for all that he can continue to share of himself in the place we will all go to live in together forever. My heart goes out to each of you during this time.

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  • Tom Cutts

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    Dear Geoffrey, Claire and the Hinkle family,

    It is truly a sad occasion for parents to have to bury their child. I am so very sorry.

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful letter about Nathan. He is an extraordinary young man. I am sure that Heaven welcomed him in a very warm embrace and that he is moving freely, joyously and shamelessly around the cosmos.

    I know you will miss him everyday, but I hope your sorrow will be overwhelmed by two decades of wonderful memories.

    (That is so cool that you were pregnant with him during two summers at Camp.)

    Tom Cutts

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  • Martin Stephan

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    Dear Claire
    I am sorry to hear about your son. I know it is difficult if it happens to you. It will always be a shock. Please take care

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  • Lowell Mitchem

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    Sorry sorry for your lose, Geoffrey and Claire. My prayers are with you and your family. Your son sounds like a wonderful person and I am sure he is sorely missed.

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  • Joe

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    Love and Light to all of you!

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  • Richard Moore

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    Dear Geoffrey,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.
    I was only able to spend one day with you and your family many years ago while on a business trip, but I remember all your children being so calm and peaceful, and this reflects on how they were brought up by their loving parents.
    It’s so sad to lose any of our children so soon.
    You were a good team leader for me during UTS.
    God Bless you,
    Sincerely,
    Richard Moore, UTS ’84 & ’09

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  • Justine Cherutich

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    Dear Crescentia,
    I am truly sorry for the loss of your little brother. It is heart breaking to see such a young person go the heaven so soon. I cannot imagine what your parents and all of you are going through and can only pray for you in these difficult times and always. May you all feel the embrace of HP and TP, especially in this time of a such great loss.

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  • Patricia Hino

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    Please be comforted in knowing that the grief you are experiencing will turn to tremendous gratitude as Nathan lives on in a realm where he will surely do the things that will bring greater joy to his loved ones and furthermore to those who were not touched directly by his love. You will know heavens appreciation for the love you invested in raising Nathan. May your hearts be filled with love and appreciation as you send Nathan off.

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  • Hiroshi & Hatsune Inose

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    Dear Creacentia,

    We are so sorry for your beautiful younger brother Nathan’s passing. We are praying for his peaceful transition to Heaven. We know their are many wonderful 2nd gen in Heaven. True Father and True Children are there. Today we couldn’t attend his SoungWha Ceremony. We sent a flower with our love to him. And we continue pray for him peacefully to go to Heaven and pray for your family to be healed.

    Sincerely
    Hiroshi & Hatsune Inose

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  • Jean Gomis

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    R.I.P Nathaniel. Please accept my deepest sympathy Dad and Mom.

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  • John Hitchler

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    Nathaniel sounds like he was/is a strong and upcoming super star for True Parents. I pray his spirit is at peace and that he is embraced by Heavenly Father as he goes through the transitional process of entering into the spirit world. God Bless you Geoffrey and Claire and God Bless all of Nathaniels sibling’s. I deeply empathize with you in your moments alone in reflection. God Bless

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  • Margret Orr

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    My sincere condolences!
    I am so saddened; how much more you must be!
    We are all together on this journey…

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