JOHN R. SINKS JR., 83, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Nazareth, Pa. He was the husband of the late Mary Lou (Akers) Sinks, with whom he shared over 46 years of loving marriage. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late John and Norene (Williams) Sinks Sr. He graduated from North Side High School, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He earned his BA Degree from Indiana University, and later earned a Masters Degree in Education from Ball State University. He was a guidance counselor and government teacher at Elmhurst High School for 38 years, retiring in 1993. He was a public servant to the people of Indiana, serving in both the State House and Senate for 32 consecutive years. He also enjoyed being a very active member of the Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine and Trinity Episcopal Church. Survivors are son, John (Lisa) Sinks III of Bethlehem, Pa.; grandson, Dane Sinks. Memorial service is 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne, with calling from 10 to 11 a.m. Friends may also call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. Memory tributes may be placed at Memorial contributions may be made to the church; the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor., New York, NY 10001; or at

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 14, 2012