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Published April 08, 2013, 12:00 AM

Arthur Robert Tinkham

Arthur Robert Tinkham, age 91, of Fisher and East Grand Forks, MN died peacefully early Saturday morning, April 6, 2013, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND, with his family at his side. Art was born at Crookston, MN 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 US Army.

On December 28th of 1943, while home on leave, he was united in marriage to Wilma A. Strande at Fisher. As a member of the 540th Combat Engineers 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, MN for a time and then farmed in nearby Roome Township, before eventually settling on their farm in Nesbit Township. 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.

Arthur Robert Tinkham

Arthur Robert Tinkham, age 91, of Fisher and East Grand Forks, MN died peacefully early Saturday morning, April 6, 2013, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND, with his family at his side. Art was born at Crookston, MN 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 US Army.

On December 28th of 1943, while home on leave, he was united in marriage to Wilma A. Strande at Fisher. As a member of the 540th Combat Engineers 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, MN for a time and then farmed in nearby Roome Township, before eventually settling on their farm in Nesbit Township. 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 Memorial Home board and the RRv Sugarbeet Growers Association board. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and followed their activities whenever he could. He looked forward to the annual fishing trips to Lake of the Woods with his friends and was a lifelong bowler with the Valley Farmers League in Crookston.

Art will be very lovingly remembered by his 3 children: Colleen Hyde of Moorhead, MN, Brian Tinkham and his wife, Carla, of Grand Forks, ND, and Reed Tinkham and his wife, Sheryl, of Fisher, MN; 11 grandchildren: Stacey Swanson, Stephanie (Jon) Dietz, Corey 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, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Wilma, his beloved wife of 41 years, Art was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Nora Tinkham; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, 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 10:30AM, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Fisher Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN, with the Rev. Karen Young-Trenne, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, on Tuesday from 5-7:00PM, with a 7:00PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Fisher Lutheran Cemetery. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

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