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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • OBITUARY: Arthur 'Art' Tinkham

  • Arthur Robert Tinkham, age 91, of Fisher and East Grand
    Forks, Minnesota, died peacefully early Saturday morning,
    April 6, 2013.
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  • Arthur Robert Tinkham, age 91, of Fisher and East Grand
    Forks, Minnesota, died peacefully early Saturday morning,
    April 6, 2013, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, North
    Dakota, with his family at his side.
    Art was born in Crookston, Minnesota on January 16, 1922,
    the son of Roy and Nora(Swenson) Tinkham. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, attended country school, and later worked on area farms. In August of 1943, during WWII, Art enlisted in the U.S. Army. On December 28, 1943, while on leave, he was united in marriage to Wilma A. Strande in Fisher. As a member of the 5 4 0 t h C o m b a t E n g i n e e r s Group, he was sent overseas the following January to serve in the European Theater of Operations in Italy and France. Art received his honorable discharge from the Army in 1946 and returned home to Wilma.
    The couple lived in Fisher, Minnesota for a time and then
    farmed in nearby Roome Township, before eventually settling
    on their farm in Nesbit Townhip. Sadly, Wilma passed
    away on April 7, 1985, and a year later Art retired from farming.
    Later in life, Art spent many enjoyable years with his friend, Patricia Anderson.
    Art was a devoted member of the Fisher Lutheran Church,
    serving as president and council member. He also served on
    the Fisher Farmers Co-op Elevator Board, Fisher School
    Board, and Nesbit Township Board, and was a member and
    past commander of Theodore Stalemo American Legion Post
    #242 of Fisher. Art served on the Valley Home Memorial
    board and RRV Sugarbeet Grower's Association board. He
    was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and followed
    their activities whenever he could. He looked forward
    to annual fishing trips to Lake of the Woods with his friends
    and was a lifelong bowler with the Valley Farmer's League in
    Crookston.
    Art will be lovingly remembered by his three children:
    Collen Hyde of Moorhead, Minnesota, Brian Tinkham and
    his wife, Carla, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Reed
    Tinkham and his wife, Sheryl, of Fisher, minnesota; 11 grandchildren: Stacey Swenson, Stephanie (Jon) Dietz, Cory Hyde,
    G. Adam Kendall, Dan Kendall, Benjamin Tinkham, Noah
    Tinkham, Erin (Chris) Hoff, Betsey (Ben) Horken, Emily
    (Nate) Steuerwald, and Anna (Chad) Larson. He also leaves
    16 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Bernice
    and Lester Samuelson, of Mentor, Minnesota; and many
    nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Wilma,
    his beloved wife of 41 years, Art was preceded in death by his
    Page 2 of 2 - parents, Roy and Nora Tinkham; two brothers and sister-inlaw,
    Earl Tinkham and Alton and Muriel Tinkham and his
    dear friend, Patricia Anderson. May God bless Art's memory.
    The funeral service for Arthur Robert Tinkham will be
    held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Fisher
    Lutheran Church in Fisher, Minnesota, with the Rev. Karen
    Young-Trenne officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-
    Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, on Tuesday from 5 to 7
    p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for
    one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Fisher
    Lutheran Cemetery.
    Online registry: stenshoelhouske.com
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