June 18, 1954 CWC candidate; Howard "Skippy" Zink; Candidate Zink has been employed at the depot since 1945 and currently is foreman of the Heavy Equipment Shop. Prior to accepting employment here he worked for himself and other constuction firms as a heavy equipment mechanic and operator.
He previously has served on local United Charities Drives and also Chairman of the Foreman's Safety Committee for one term. While working at Fruitdale, S. Dak., he served several years as clerk of the local school board.
For his commendable actions following the explosion of an igloo in 1950, he was awarded by the Secretary of the Army the Exceptional Civilian Service Award which is the highest commendation given for civilian service.
|Edgemont Herald-Tribune||page 5||Dec. 14, 1961|
Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon for Howard W. "Skip" Zink, Sr. who died unexpectedly Saturday morning of a heart attack in his home. He was 52.
Reverend Leland Rendland conducted the final rites for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Edgemont and burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs with arrangements by the McColley Funeral Home of Edgemont.
Casket bearers were Marvin Williams, Leslie Dyer, Levi Houska, Leonard Penor, Richard Gillis and Stanley Kirby. The Lutheran Choir sang "The Lord my pasture shall prepare," "Jesus lives! The victories won," and "I know that my redeemer lives." They were accompanied by Mrs. Duane Bauer.
Howard William Zink was born Nov. 11, 1909 at Council Bluffs, Iowa and two weeks after birth was adopted by William and Ellen Zink of Lead, So. Dak. He was baptized on Dec. 18, 1909 into the Apostolic Finnish Lutheran Church of Lead.
On Jan. 12, 1929, he married Leah Willmann at Belle Fourche and two children were born to the couple both of whom survive him.
In addition to their own children, the Zinks opened their home to Duane Pfarr and raised him as a son.
He worked in the mines in Lead for some time and came to Black Hills Ordnance Depot in 1945 where he was a heavy equipment shop foreman at the time of his death.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Lutheran Layman's League. a memorial has been established to that church at the request of the family. Surviving are his wife, Leah, Edgemont; a son, Howard William Jr., Sierra, Calif.; a daughter, Delores Jean Anderson, Pierre, So. Dak.; two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Hurley, Chadron, Neb., and Bernice Vercellino, Indianapolis, Ill. and seven grandchildren.
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