Larry Reinking Wink was born June 10, 1939, in rural Woodbury County, the son of Johnnie and Elna (Reinking) Wink. He attended country school for six years then transferred to Moville School. He Graduated from Moville High School in 1957. Larry then continued his education at Yankton College, graduating in 1961 with a B.A. degree. He embarked on a 40-year career of teaching and coaching. Larry taught one year in Garretson, S.D., five years in Fairmont, Minn., and 34 years with the Kingsley-Pierson school district. In July of 1961 Larry was united in marriage to Lynda Buchholz of Redfield, S.D., and this past July they celebrated 50 years together.
He was also faithful to his Lord, travelling once to Albania, once to the Ukraine and seven times to Russia spreading the gospel and helping others as much as he could.
Survivors include his wife Lynda, daughter Darcy and her husband, Gary Bodiford, of Kingsley, and their three girls, Emily and husband, James Gomez, of Winfield, Ill., Hannah and husband, Isaiah Corbin, of Waterloo, and Audrey Bodiford of Cedar Falls; a son, Jeff Wink and wife, Lori, of Charles City, and their children, Weston, Isaac, and Jacie. He was also very proud of his new great-grandson, Nicholas Gomez. Also surviving Larry is the best brother in the world, Gene Wink and wife, Janice, of Moville; his father-in-law, Milton Buchholz of Redfield, S.D.; in-laws: Larry Buchholz and wife, Kristi, of Redfield, S.D., Mitzi Schroeder and husband, Gordon, of Redfield, S.D., Kevin Buchholz and wife, Mary, of Belle Fourche, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Beverly and her husband Marvin Steffen.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 4 p.m. Thursday at the Le Mars Bible Church with Pastor Fred Gums officiating. Visitation with the family present will be after 2:30 p.m. Thursday until service time at the church.
Honorary pallbearers will be his his grandchildren: Emily and James Gomez, Hannah and Isaiah Corbin, Audrey Bodiford, Weston Wink, Isaac Wink, and Jacie Wink
Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Larry has donated his remains for medical research. Memorials can be donated to Le Mars Bible Church or the family for use in mission projects.
Larry leaves you with this passage: 1st John 5: 12-15.