Earl Lewis Duink, 87, of 496 Mohawk St., Clymer, N.Y., died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa.
He was born Feb. 15, 1926, in Clymer, N.Y., the son of the late Lewis and Mildred Garbiel Duink.
In high school, he worked at the Clymer Bag Company during the summers and after school.
Earl Lewis Duink
He graduated from Clymer Central School in 1943. After high school, he worked at Curtis Wright in Buffalo. Earl served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, and he was stationed in India, then he was in U.S. Air Force Reserves for four years. He was a member of the Clymer Fire Department for 43 years. A past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Corry, Pa., and American Legion in North East, Pa., and a member of the Clymer United Methodist Church. Earl loved his yard and his flowers, and he loved going to baseball spring training in Florida.
Earl is survived by his children: Linda (Paul) Heslink of Clymer, N.Y. and Larry (Gloria Sorenson) Duink of North East, Pa.; grandchildren: Marc Matthew, Jonathan (Megan Humes), Adam and Andrew Heslink, all of Clymer, N.Y. Tarah (Christian) Cherry of Charlotte, N.C., Lewis J. (Amy Bennett) Duink of Traverse City, Mich., Joshua (Elaine Cook) Heslink of Harlan, Iowa, and Kelly Duink of North East, Pa.; great-grandchildren: Abigail, Mattison, Hunter, Erik, Julia and Evan Heslink and Weston Cherry; two brothers: Clayton (Avalon Kniphuisen) Duink of Clymer, N.Y., and Jerrold L. (Marie Jones) Duink of New Hartford, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Shirley Simmonsen, whom he married July 1, 1950, and who died April 24, 1996; and by a sister, Audrey M. Hutton.
Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, N.Y., and for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Pa.
Memorials may be made to the Clymer Fire Department, P.O. Box 31, Clymer, N.Y. or the Clymer United Methodist Church building fund.