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Pres. Hinckley hails brother Sherman as ‘man of integrity’

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Sherman B. Hinckley's "faith has rested in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Redeemer of the world has been his polar star, true and fixed and beautiful," President Gordon B. Hinckley said at his brother's funeral service Thursday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

The 90-year-old leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the concluding speaker at services for Mr. Hinckley, 88, who died Sunday, Aug. 13, at LDS Hospital of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Some 600 people attended the funeral, which was conducted by a son, Bishop John S. Hinckley of the Monument Park 9th Ward in the Monument Park Stake Center.

A mining engineer, Sherman B. Hinckley's professional career included work in the operation of mines and mills and in other businesses in Montana, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Much of President Hinckley's talk recounted experiences that he and his brother had as youths during the summers on the Hinckley family farm in the East Mill Creek area of Salt Lake County. He also paid tribute to his brother's professional accomplishments and of the trust and confidence others placed in him.

"They trusted him. They loaded him with heavy responsibilities. He managed all the Hogle mining properties and various other mines . . . He became a recognized expert mining engineer, highly respected as a man of integrity and highly regarded as a man of wide knowledge. He prospered in his profession," President Hinckley said.

He said Sherman Hinckley and his wife, Frances Jo, reared "a great family." She died of a heart attack Jan. 1, 1985. And President Hinckley paid tribute to Eileen Ellis, whom he married in November 1988. He said she had "brightened his life" and had been a "wonderful companion."

He said, "They have had a wonderful life together. They have served missions . . . the last one at Cove Fort, which was built by our grandfather (Ira Nathaniel Hinckley) in 1867." He said the Hinckley family raised the funds to buy the old fort and then deeded it to the church. A stopover place for Mormon pioneers and other travelers in the early days, the fort is now a well-known visitor attraction in Millard County. Sherman Hinckley became the first director of the visitor center at the fort.

President Hinckley quoted a number of scriptures that give the Savior's reassurance of peace and a life hereafter.

"In behalf of (Sherm's) many friends, I say we have known you and we shall miss you. In the words of Shakespeare, 'Goodnight, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.' "