John EvinkDecember 3, 1931 ~ September 5, 2017 (age 85)
JOHN EVINK, age 85, of Leota, died Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. He was born December 3, 1931, in rural Leota to Henry and Dena (Hofkamp) Evink. John was baptized at Bethel Reformed Church in Leota. He attended country school, District 99 east of Leota; and graduated from Leota Country School in 1945.
John married Esther Lubben on November 18, 1952, at the Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota. John was drafted into the United States Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1953.
After returning from the service, John & Esther farmed on the Evink family farm. In 1991, the couple retired and moved to Leota. John did plumbing work until 1994. He became a resident of the Minnesota Veterans Home, in Luverne, in July of 2016.
He was a lifelong member of the Bethel Reformed Church where he had served the Consistory as an Elder & Deacon. John also served on the Township Board, the Fourth of July Board and was a member of the Edgerton American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and games with his grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife, Esther Evink, Leota; three sons, Jerry (Wendy) Evink, Edgerton; Ivan (Mary) Evink, Pipestone; and Doug (Valma) Evink, Arden Hills; four grandchildren, Kristin (Eric) Schultz, Edgerton; Jeff (Shayla) Evink, Bismarck, ND; Travis (Errin) Evink, West Fargo, ND; and Brianna (Peter) Walvoort, Blaine; five great grandchildren, Savannah, Blake & Braxton Schultz; and Brinley & Briar Evink; and a sister-in-law, Geneva VandenBerg, Kalamazoo, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ted Evink; and two sisters, Henrietta (John) Veld; and Lydia (Lester) Pronk.
Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Friday at the Bethel Reformed Church in Leota. Funeral will be 10:30 am Saturday at the Bethel Reformed Church, in Leota, officiated by Pastor Tom Voigt. Burial will be in the Leota Community Cemetery.
The Leota Burial Association and the Dingmann Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.