Alton Fink, 86


Alton Finck, 86, of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Hettinger, passed away peacefully at his residence in Rapid City early Sunday morning, Sept. 17, 2017.

Service of Remembrance was Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hettinger Lutheran Church.  Rev. Kathleen Dettmann officiated, and burial of his ashes will follow at the Hettinger Cemetery.  Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Alton was born on Jan. 14, 1931, on the family farm in  Perkins County Horsecreek Township, South Dakota where he was the youngest of 2 children.

Alton married Darlene Schwartz on Aug. 15, 1950 in Reeder, North Dakota and took over the family farm he was born and raised on.  He lived and worked 73 years on the farm and raised 5 children during that time.  It was a difficult decision for Alton and Darlene, but they moved off the farm in 2004 and moved to Dickinson, North Dakota where they lived for six years.  In 2010, Alton and Darlene then moved to Watertown, South Dakota.  After living in Watertown for three years, they moved in 2013 to where they currently reside in Rapid City.

Alton was a farmer and rancher at heart and truly loved the land he worked.  He was always the happiest and at peace while he was working on the farm.  Alton was always very proud of the work he was able to accomplish at his age.  He was fixing corrals and working on water tanks right up to the day before his passing.  One of Alton’s proudest accomplishments included receiving the first South Dakota FHA Farm Family of the Year Award presented by the Governor of South Dakota in 1971.  Alton was also involved in the community by serving on the Reeder Equity Board of Directors for 17 years, the Horsecreek Township Board and as a 4-H leader.

In his spare time Alton enjoyed watching old western movies, church and television programs.  He also enjoyed watching or listening to anything agricultural related.  Alton liked to keep busy by fixing anything broken, playing cards with friends/relatives and always looking for a spirited discussion.

Most of all he loved his wife Darlene of 67 years and his family.   Alton and Darlene would take many trips to visit their children in various states.  Alton was very proud of his 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren:

Daughter Brenda Honeyman, husband Randy (Niceville, Florida); grandson Brandon Honeyman, wife Lindsey (Tallahassee, Florida);  children Brody, Mason and Nolan.

Daughter Bonita Finck; granddaughter Gena Jones, husband Brady (Sawyer, North Dakota); children Summer and Stephon.

Daughter Lorrie Papka; granddaughter Kristen Lunt, husband Josh (Sioux Falls, South Dakota); children Brooklyn and Carter.  Granddaughter Desirae Kummer (Sioux Falls, South Dakota); children Keegan and Reese.  Grandson Derek Papka (Bruce, South Dakota).

Son Tim Finck, wife Amy (Schwindt) (Watertown, South Dakota); Granddaughter Amanda Finck; children Koda and Grayson.  Grandson Tyler Schwindt.  Granddaughter Amber Finck.  Granddaughter Grace Finck. Son Eltonjon Finck (Summerset, South Dakota).

Alton is survived by his wife Darlene, children Lorrie, Tim and Eltonjon, all grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is proceeded in death by his parents Rudolph and Martha (Schwartzwalter) Finck, sister Irene Brady, brother-in-law Al Brady, daughter Brenda Honeyman and daughter Bonita Finck.

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