Roger M. Hink, age 88 of River Falls, formerly of Alexandria, MN died peacefully Monday February 6, 2012 at The Lutheran Home in River Falls. Roger was born on November 13, 1923 in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota; the son of Walter and Beata (Freudenberg) Hink. He was raised in Parkers Prairie where he attended a country school while helping out on the family farm. As a young man, he was united in marriage to the former Adeline Marie Hertwig on January 11, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Miltona, MN. Together, he and his ‘sweet Adeline’ were blessed with four children; Sharon, Rick, Randy, and Sheryl. Of his various jobs in his lifetime, being the handyman at the Alexandria hardware store was his joy. Roger was self-taught who learned by trial and error. He was excellent at troubleshooting, fixing appliances, and later even fixing TV’s or radios. On weekends, he enjoyed his time as a projectionist for Andria, Sunset, and the State Theaters. Roger was a proud, honest, yet humble man who took great pride in providing for his family and living a Christian life. He was very active in his faith as a member of his church’s mens club and choir. He had a gift of music as he loved to play the guitar and sing as a member of the Viking Land Chords Man Quartet. Moreover, he loved spending time in his shop, wood working and scrolling crafts and arts. It gave him the greatest pleasure to give them away.
Roger is survived by his wife of 64 years Adeline of River Falls, children Sharon (Jim) Hauschild of River Falls, Rick (Janelle) Hink of Vail, Arizona, Randy (Janet) Hink of Buffalo, MN, Sheryl Houchins of Cottage Grove, MN, grandchildren Jeff Schulke, Becky (John) Haydon, Jim (Dawn) Hauschild Jr., Kris (Brooke) Hink, Cory Hink, Zach (Brittney) Hink, Aly Hink, Stephanie (Jay) Mollet, Jacob Houchins, great grandchildren Tyler, Sophy, Taylor, Miloh, Isabella, sisters Gladys Dawson of Mounds View, MN, Darlene Shear of Fargo, ND, and his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Danielle Houchins, sister Elvera Brockopp, and brothers-in-law Lloyd Dawson, Alfred Shear, and Raymond Brockopp.
Funeral service for Roger will be 11:30AM Saturday February 11 at Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin with Pastor John Hanson officiating. Burial will be in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery with his grandsons serving as active casketbearers and his granddaughters as honorary casketbearers. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 on Saturday morning. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.