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FINK, Ralph 1883-1954


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/16/2013 at 14:14:24

Ralph Raymond Fink passed away at 2:10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown, after suffering a severe stroke Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he never regained consciousness. He was 70 years, 1 month and 19 days old.

Mr. Fink was born December 6, 1883, on a farm two miles north of the Alice Church in Melrose township, Grundy county, son of Andrew and Susan Henrietta Beadle Fink. His entire life was spent on farms in this community. For the last 21 years, he resided with his companion on their farm five miles north of Conrad in Felix township. On Nov. 11, 1949, he suffered a first stroke from which he had recovered sufficiently to be quite active about the home and community. He lived in hopes that one day he would completely recover.

On April 19, 1909, he was united in marriage with Clara Whitmire of the Alice Community. To this union were born five children. An infant son and daughter preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by four brothers: Arthur, Charles, Lloyd and Fred; one sister, Mrs. Frank Hall.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters--Mrs. Kenneth Kleespie of Conrad, Mrs. Dale Callaway of Eldora and Mrs. William Mincks of Cedar Falls, and one granddaughter Kandra Sue Kleespie of Conrad. Also surviving are four brothers, Harry and Clyde of Liscomb, George of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Guy of DeKalb, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. A. J. Kline of Conrad and many other relatives. He will be keenly missed by not only the loved ones, but by the entire community where he has resided for so many years.

Mr. Fink was a prominent farmer in the community and served on the Conrad School Board of Education. He was a kind, considerate husband and father and accommodating neighbor. He took a great interest in his home, children and community. "He lived long, laughed often and loved much."

Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Alice Church of God with the Rev. B. T. Yeager in charge. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of O. A. Stover, Ralph Phillips, Dale Bockes, and Lawrence Kline, accompanied by Mrs. Clark Brindle. They sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." Casket bearers were Robert Kopsa, Lawrence Hughes, Roy Hale, Ralph Bristley, Harold Bristley and Orville Stover. Flower bearers were Mrs. Harold Bristley, Mrs. Roy Hale, Mrs. Ralph Bristley and Mrs. Lawrence Hughes. A short prayer service was held for the immediate family at the Johnston Funeral Home in Conrad earlier that morning.

Interment was in the Alice cemetery.

--newspaper clipping, source unknown


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