Earl Lewis Duink, 87, of 496 Mohawk St., Clymer, N.Y., died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at UPMC Hamot, Erie, Pa.
He was born February 15, 1926, in Clymer, N.Y., the son of the late Lewis and Mildred Garbiel Duink.
In high school, he worked at the Clymer Bag Company, in summers, and after school.
He graduated from Clymer Central School in 1943. After high school, he worked at Curtis Wright in Buffalo. Earl served in the US Army-Air Force, during WWII
, and he was stationed in India, then he was in the Air Force reserves for four years. He was a member of the Clymer Fire Department for 43 years, past member of the VFW
in Corry, Pa., and American Legion in North East, Pa., and a member of the Clymer United Methodist Church. Earl loved his yard and his flowers, and he loved going to spring baseball training in Florida.
Earl is survived by his children, Linda (Paul) Heslink, of Clymer, N.Y. and Larry (Gloria Sorenson) Duink of North East, Pa., grandchildren, Marc Matthew, Jonathan (Megan Humes), Adam, and Andrew Heslink, all of Clymer, N.Y., Tarah (Christian) Cherry of Charlotte, N.C.; Lewis J. (Amy Bennett) Duink of Traverse City, Mich.; Joshua (Elaine Cook) Heslink of Harlan, Iowa, Kelly Duink, of North East, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Mattison, Hunter, Erik, Julia, Evan Heslink and Weston Cherry, two brothers, Clayton (Avalon Kniphuisen) Duink of Clymer, N.Y. and Jerrold L. (Marie Jones) Duink, of New Hartford, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Simmonsen, whom he married July 1, 1950, they were married for 45 years, she died April 24, 1996, and by one sister, Audrey M. Hutton.
Friends will be received from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, N.Y., and for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Pa.
Memorials may be made to the Clymer Fire Department, PO Box 31, Clymer, N.Y., or the Clymer United Methodist Church building fund.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 13, 2014