Pieter FINK

Pieter Dwight FINK

Friday, January 15th, 1943 - Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
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Pieter Fink, 78, earned his heavenly wings on Saturday, April 3, 2021 after a prolonged illness. “Petie” as many called him was born in Galt, Ontario Canada to Thomas and Dr. Alma Fink. Petie became the ultimate shananigator with his best friend Karl Kristensen, brother George Hawkings and friend John Seaton. Together, the three of them, played practical jokes on family and friends to include using the hose on his sister and her date on their prom night. In his teenage years Petie was a recreational boxer and attended Lakefield Military School where he obtained his interest in serving. Petie joined the United States Navy in 1961 as a Combat Corpsman during Vietnam. On a cold October day in 1968 Petie agreed to go on a blind date where he met Chris (Netherton) Fink. From this day on they were inseparable and were married in December of 1970 in Norwood, Colorado. After serving a hard tumultuous thirteen years in the military, he received a well-deserved honorable discharge. He and Chris had a daughter, Elizabeth (Fink) Henrikson in 1973. If you were to ask anyone who knew Petie, many words would come to mind such has, funny-duck, gracious, compassionate, kind, strong, genuine, but the best of all a beautiful, beautiful soul. He embraced and cherished all life except for Rattlesnakes. Those darn snakes never had a chance with Petie and a shovel. Even being the jokester and shananigator, he was loved and loved his family.
Although he did not live in Canada, he made sure to stay in touch with his brothers George Hawkings and Paul Fink who he had the utmost loving respect for and endearing sister MaryBeth, who also guided him in life. Petie’s bond with family, friends and even an acquaintance will always remain strong through his legacy. He was always willing to lend a hand or help his community. Petie, along with the late Clyde Griffith, led a strong campaign to get a fire truck in Dry Creek Basin. Through his determination it became a reality making our small, but close, community safer. Preceding him in death were his parents (Thomas and Dr. Fink), and sister MaryBeth. He is survived by his wife Chris Fink of 53 years, daughter Elizabeth (Michael) Henrikson, brother George (Rita) Hawkings, brother Paul (Ruth) Fink, Brother-in-laws Arthur (Phyllis) Davis, Edward Netherton, sisters-in-law Donna (Tim) Ross and Deanna (Jim) Spillman, along with many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family has asked for anyone who knew Petie to please share some wonderful stories with them via phone, email, or cards as laughter is always the best medicine.
A public viewing for Pieter will be held on Thursday, April 8th at Legacy Funeral Home 3196 Mesa Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81504 from 6 to 8pm. Burial service will be held the following week on April 15th at 1pm at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 2830 Riverside Pkwy, Grand Junction, CO 81501. In lieu of flowers you can make donations to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Pieter Fink’s name.,
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Legacy Funeral Home .
    3196 Mesa Ave.
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  • Service

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 1:00pm
    Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado
    2830 Riverside Parkway
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  • Interment

    Veterans Cemetery of Western Colorado
    2830 Riverside Parkway
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    Thursday, April 15th 2021 at 1 PM


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Carl & Veronica

Posted at 04:01pm
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal. Loving memories are yours forever to hold.
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Veronica Kristensen

Posted at 12:53pm
With a very heavy heart I'd like to talk about my best friend Pete. After knowing him very well for over 66 years there was a closeness between us that distance could not erase. His kindness, calmness, goodness and gentleness was a great example for me. After many shared wonderful times together, too many to list, I could write a small book on the wonders of Peter Fink. Peter often hung out at our house when he was younger and my father always called him “Finkie”. Teenage years for us was a bit of wild and crazy time, with a touch of larceny along with many good deeds. Once we took Dad's car for a joy ride and accidentally drove it through the garage back wall! Another time, my father being an ex Navy man, decided to teach us how to drink like a man, after having caught Pete and I raiding his liquor cabinet. Of course, Pete and I were sick for about 3 days!
I took Pete's middle name, Dwight, and gave it to my youngest son, for his godfather.
Over the years we got together periodically, in Maine where Pete was once stationed, in Toronto numerous times, in Algonquin Park, Ontario when we all visited with his sister, Mary Beth and brother, Paul; another memorable vacation for me, and of course several times in Colorado.
Visiting Pete in Dry Creek Basin was an experience I will never forget. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Clyde's hunting camp. For Friday night's excitement we grabbed a jug of wine and headed on up into the mountains searching for elk and enjoying the wild life. I believe it was Clyde's son who had to drive us back down after Peter and I imbibed, perhaps a little too much, in the nectar of the grapes! During the day Pete taught me about loading and shooting with black powder guns. Quite an experience for this “big city” man!
In my mind Peter never aged, I always saw him as the playful lovable prankster.
He was one lucky man having been loved by almost everyone who crossed his path.
He will live in our hearts forever.

Veronica Kristensen Posted at 12:53pm

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Posted at 11:40am
As always, you are in our prayers and thoughts . Pieter will be missed so much. Love George & Rita, Irene & George, Laura & Derek
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