Marvin Fink

We think it is fair to say that Marvin George Fink wasn’t one to enjoy a great deal of sentimentality.  He wasn’t a person who enjoyed being the center of attention or too many romantic notions.  He was, however, a good man who worked hard, liked to laugh, and enjoyed nothing more than a lively philosophical debate with his family or a good road trip.

Marvin was born in Valley Township, Douglas County, South Dakota on July 10, 1939.  He was the third of seven children born to Emil and Gertrude Fink, nee Grosz.  He was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Armour, South Dakota.  He died on December 15, 2017 after being married to Margaret (Maggie) Lois Baird for 52 years.  He was father to four children and grandfather to seven.

Marvin’s formal education ended after graduation from Armour High School when he began farming, married our gift of a mother, and started his family.  Even so, he sent all four children to college and made sure we never got too big for our britches. Our dad loved toddlers, chocolate cake with peanut-butter frosting, tinkering with old engines, inventing things, and making (and eating) homemade ice cream with his grandchildren.  Each of his children know the meaning of hard work because we did an awful lot of that.  But, we also know how to make a smart remark, appreciate mountains, and speak up for what we believe, even when it isn’t popular. Our dad taught us how to use a hammer, show cattle, make popcorn, and drive a tractor – all things that have served us well. His children will remember him as an adventurer, inventor, historian, photographer, and Polled Hereford man.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Maggie, his four children, their spouses and grandchildren, Molly and John Flaspohler, Lydia and Claire; Mike Fink and Valerie Marsh, Owen, Oscar, and Greta; Marcia Fink and Mark Skaff; Sarah Fink and Mike Clifton, Benjamin and Anne.

There will be a memorial service at 10:00 am Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church, West Wall Lake, rural Hartford, SD. Interment will be at 2:30 pm in the St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Armour, SD.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00-7:00 pm Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to NAMI.

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