Frederick Thornton Fink

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Frederick Thornton Fink East Lansing Frederick Thornton Fink, 81, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2013. He was born April 6, 1931 in Belding, Michigan to Russell and Frances (Beyerle) Fink. Fred grew up in Lake Odessa, Michigan, and graduated from Lake Odessa High School in 1949. In the fall of 1951, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, served with dedication during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1954, achieving the rank of Sergeant. Fred married Elaine Scheck in June of 1953 in Bach, Michigan; they were happily married for fifty-nine years. Fred earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Michigan State University in Agricultural and Applied Sciences in 1956 and 1958, respectively. Upon graduation, he began his career in education at Muskegon Community College where he taught for two years. Fred then took a four-year professorship at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he and his young family made many fond memories. Upon returning to the US, Fred earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education, and served as a professor in the College of Engineering at MSU until he retired in 1993. Fred was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church and sang bass in the choir. He enjoyed golfing, carpentry, fishing near the family cabin on the Upper Manistee River, and above all, life on the farm with his 'sweetie'. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Frances Fink, and unnamed Baby Boy Fink. Fred is survived by his spouse, Elaine, of East Lansing; his sons, Russ (Sandy) Fink of Naperville, Illinois, and Eric (Nancy) Fink, of East Lansing; his brother, Robert (Ruth) Fink, of Boulder, Colorado; his grandchildren, Trevor, Spencer, Katelyn, Sarah (Mike) Kuebler, Brian, and Kevin (Kailey); and his great-grandchildren, Maximilian and Macy. A memorial service will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2780 Haslett Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823, at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2013. The family will greet friends and relatives at a reception in the church following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made either to Ascension Lutheran Church or to the , 310 N. Main, Ste 100, Chelsea, MI 48118 ( The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at

Published in Lansing State Journal on Feb. 13, 2013
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