CHAMPION -- Donald "Don" Burton Hink, 81, of Champion, died Monday (Feb. 23, 2009) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Aug. 7, 1927, to Edward A. and Pearl E. (Lindsey) Hink, on his grandfather's homestead in Dundy County. He attended the Crete Grade School and Chase County High School before entering the U.S. Army in February of 1946.
He was discharged in 1947, and returned to Southwest Nebraska, where he began a life-long career working at the local lumber yard, which changed from Krotters, Chaco and presently Adams Lumber.
On Aug. 17, 1958, he married Henrietta Anna Marie Brandt in Hot Springs, S.D. They made their home in Imperial, where they lived until his death. Along with working in the lumberyard he was a farmer for most of his life. He also worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission from 1992 to 2004.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association and American Legion Post of Imperial.
Survivors include his wife, Henrietta of Benkelman; sister, Darlene Day of Yuma, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Della Hink of Thornton, Colo., and Elaine Hink of Imperial; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Thursday, 2 p.m., (MT) at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with the Rev. David Kahle officiating. Interment will follow in the Crete Cemetery in rural Champion.
Visitation is today from 2-6 p.m., (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial.
Memorials may be given to the Champion Community Center and the Zion Lutheran Church Library.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.