Aug. 11, 1916 – Feb. 23, 2013
Fred “Fritz” Fink was born on Aug. 11, 1916, in Powell. He was one of nine children of Carl and Amelia Fink. He spent his boyhood on the family farm in Lovell, where they raised sugar beets, beans and grain. Fred served in the National Guard and was activated during World War II. He was a staff sergeant in the Powder River Mechanized Cavalry Division.
During those war years, he visited relatives in Chicago and met Emily “Mickey” Schweigerdt. They were quickly drawn to each other and fell in love. They were married on June 22, 1946, at Eden Church in Chicago. The Schweigerdt family welcomed Fred into their family and he became a true brother to all of them. Fred worked at Ohmite Corp. in Lincolnwood, Ill., for 38 years, retiring from there in 1984.
His married life of 53½ years to Mickey was very special. They were true soul mates, even to the very end of Mickey’s life when she smiled at him with her last breath.
Fred will be remembered as a kind and gentle man, as honest as the day is long. He was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor which immediately would put everyone at ease. It didn’t take long for him to be your friend, and then you had a friend for life. He was especially drawn to children, and they to him. Fred loved the out-of-doors. At any time of year, in all kinds of weather, he found something to do outside. His garden was beautiful, the envy of the entire neighborhood.
A few years ago, Fred felt that it was too much work to keep his house and garden the way he would have liked, and he decided to move to an independent living facility. He thoroughly enjoyed his new home and made many new friends there. He was proud to have his apartment shown as the “model” to any future residents.
Fred was active at Eden Church, where he was a long-time member. Besides being regular in attendance, he volunteered whenever and wherever needed. He was a true “Son” of Eden. After he moved to his new home, and while worshiping with his new friends, he found a second “home” church. There, he found comfort and contentment and didn’t have to worry about driving.
Fred died peacefully on Feb. 23, 2013. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mickey, his parents Carl and Amelia Fink, brothers Carl, William, Alec and Albert, and sisters Amelia Clem, Katherine Wegner and Sophie Winterholler. Left to mourn is his sister Elizabeth Fiechtner and many nieces and nephews.
An interesting memory Fred had was the Bible verse given to him at his confirmation. It is found in Psalms 37, verse 5. “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” It proved to be the perfect blessing to have been given to Fred on his confirmation, and he lived that verse throughout his life.