Frank L. Zink

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Aug. 4, 1935 - Jan. 15, 2014
SOUTH BEND - Frank L. Zink, 78, of South Bend, IN passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Memorial Hospital. He was born on August 4, 1935 in Flint, MI to Frank L. and Sena (Nelsen) Zink. Frank is survived by his wife, Ruth A. (Shock) (Geahlen) Zink; three daughters, Rebecca (Michael) Wilson of Bremen, IN, Carolyn Zink of Manistee, MI and Michelle Cabrera of Warsaw; two sons, Andrew Zink of Aurora, IL and David Nielsen Zink of the Netherlands; twelve grandchildren; three great grandchildren, four stepchildren and his friend, who was closer than a brother, Terry Misner of Bremen, IN. He was preceded in death by his son, Frank Nelsen Zink and his sister, Mary Zink. Frank received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, Flint and Ann Arbor, MI. and theology degree from Asbury Seminary in Asbury KY. He was a pastor from 1961-'66 at three churches, Bybee Methodist in Bybee, KY, Columbine Methodist Church in Grand Blanc, MI and the Lansing Missionary Church in Lansing, MI; From 1966-'71 he was in full time evangelism while completing his graduate program in Communication at Michigan State University. In '71 he became a full time faculty member with Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN, earning the Teacher of the Year Award in '74. In '76 he taught Communication & Speech at St. Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN and in '79 at Ancilla College, Donaldson, IN. From '97 he taught full-time and adjunct as a faculty member at Ivy Tech until December of 2013. There he earned the Teacher of the Year Award, an Honorary Degree in 2013 and received special honors by having the annual Frank L. Zink Speech Competition established in his honor. Frank's family and dear friends were his motivation for working and playing. He was passionate about traditional jazz, attending festivals and teaching his children how to enjoy the genre. He also loved animals, adopting orphaned ones and advocating good treatment of them to anyone who would listen. His students and their class successes were always of a high priority. Most importantly, his faith in the salvation and love of Jesus Christ was the heart and soul of his existence, favoring Hebrew 11 as his "life chapter". Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Community Church of God, 601 S. Michigan St., LaPaz, IN. A short committal service will immediately follow at the church. Friends may visit with the family in the church from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19 and 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Monday. Palmer Funeral Home-Lakeville is assisting the family. Contributions in memory of Frank L. Zink may be offered to the Palmer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 33, Lakeville, IN 46536, Pet Refuge, 4626 Burnett Drive, South Bend, IN 46614 or Community Church of God, 601 S. Michigan St., LaPaz, IN 46537. Online condolences may be sent to
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314 South Michigan Street Lakeville, IN 46536
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 18, 2014