FINK, Andrew W. 1845-1919
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/28/2016 at 09:10:21
Old Resident Called To His Final Reward
A. W. Fink Passes Away at Home of His Daughter in Melrose Township aged 73 Years
Was Resident Of County Since '69
Deceased Was a Man Highly Respected by All Who Knew in Years Past
Mr. A. W. Fink, a long time resident of Grundy County, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. A. Kline's, in Melrose township, last Friday, June 20th.
The following obituary of Mr. Fink has been handed us for publication:
Andrew W. Fink was born December 18th, 1845, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. A. Kline in Melrose township on June 20, 1919, aged 73 years, 6 months and 2 days.
He enlisted in the Civil War when 17 years of age. He served as a Private with Co. E, 10th Regiment of the Illinois Infantry. He was with General Sherman in his march to the sea, enduring hardships as all loyal countrymen of his did who fought for liberty and that which now gives us this beautiful country to enjoy.
He was united in marriage with Susan Henrietta Beadle at Oneida, Illinois on January 30th, 1868. In 1869 they came to Grundy county, Iowa, in a covered wagon, and he has resided here ever since except one year.
Mr. Fink will be missed, as he was a long time citizen of Grundy county. He was a father who has always been interested in the welfare of his children. His wife, a noble Christian mother, preceded him to the world beyond ten years ago; also one son, Lloyd C., who died January 10th, 1906.
Those of Mr. Fink's family who survive him and will mourn their loss are Arthur O. Fink of Waterloo; Mrs. Frank Hall of Hastings, Nebraska; Fred W. Fink of Independence; Chas. A. Fink of Osage; Mrs. A. J. Kline of Conrad; Harry E. Fink of Marble Rock; Clyde H. Fink of Beaman; Geo. H. Fink who was seriously wounded in France; Ralph R. Fink of Conrad; and Guy W. Fink of Millerton, Iowa.
A few of his comrades still left with his many friends and neighbors are made conscious that another from our ranks has fallen. Mr. Fink could say not an ache nor pain was his, but all could observe that his weakness became great suffering to him and while he expressed a great desire to live, he also gave evidence that he did not fear to meet his Creator.
The funeral services were conducted at 12 o'clock Sunday by Rev. E. E. Heltibridle at the Alice church. The members of the G.A.R. had charge of the services at the grave of their fallen comrade. There was a beautiful collection of flowers and the funeral was a large one.
Oh, fear thou not to die,
Far rather fear to live,
For life hath thousand snares by faith to try
By peril, pain and strife
Brief is the work of death
But life the spirit shrinks to see
How full ere Heaven recalls the breath
The Cup of Woe may be.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 26 June 1919, pg 1
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