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Published March 17, 2012, 12:00 AM

Vance Roger Cink

Vance Roger Cink, 61, Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Glenburn, ND, unexpectedly passed away in his home on Friday, March 9, 2012. Vance was born July 10, 1950 to Victor and Betty Cink, Wyndmere; he graduated from Wyndmere in 1968 then attended ND State School of Science playing football.

Vance Roger Cink

Vance Roger Cink, 61, Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Glenburn, ND, unexpectedly passed away in his home on Friday, March 9, 2012.

Vance was born July 10, 1950 to Victor and Betty Cink, Wyndmere; he graduated from Wyndmere in 1968 then attended ND State School of Science playing football. He graduated from Valley City State with a teaching degree and taught school in Glenburn and was the elementary principal for many years. He coached girls basketball and boys football. He started his own painting company known as Vango Painting. He also managed the Mohall Country Club and worked at the Minot Air Force Base golf course during the summers, but wintered in Mesa.

Vance married Lyla Nies on April 4, 1970 and had two children, Kelly and Brandon. They later divorced.

Vance enjoyed playing cards, having breakfast up town, and visiting about the most recent Panthers game. He loved spending Saturdays at Coaches Corner in Minot and driving through car lots. Vance enjoyed playing baseball, softball and golf. He played softball up until the last few years when he became coach and manager of several teams. He appreciated the friendships he made in ND and in AZ. He was a pillar in his Sunset Resort community in Mesa.

He is survived by his companion Betty Engles, daughter Kelly (Kevin) Bengtson – Bismarck, son Brandon (Amy) Cink – Albuquerque NM, and Brother Dave (Laurie) Cink – Grand Forks, Granddaughters; Macy, Denni and Brooklyn and Grandsons Joshua and Jacob, Nephews; Jerrid and Corey Cink and Niece Brandie (Eric)

Burckhard. He is preceded in death by his dad, Victor; mom, Betty; and brother, Corbert.

Vance’s body was donated to Science Care for education purposes as his final request. In lieu of flowers, Vance’s family asks that all memorials be sent to support his softball teams in Mesa: Art Bellgrath, 7414 E Abilene Ave, Mesa AZ 85208.

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