BONSALL, Calif. — Roy Elmer Fink passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, at his home in Bonsall, Calif.
He was born June 22, 1941, in Princeton, the second child of Elmer John Fink and Verda (Hewitt) Fink. Roy grew up in Walnut, and as a youngster contracted polio and spent several months at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.
He graduated from Walnut High School in 1959. Roy continued his education at Bradley University in Peoria and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. During the summers, Roy worked as a lifeguard for the Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol in Lake Geneva, Wis. Not liking the cold weather, he transferred and graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1963.
In 1965, Roy and his brother, John, headed for California, where Roy joined Gallo Winery as a salesman. In 1967, he expanded his business knowledge and completed a course at the New York Institute of Finance and became a stockbroker, working for Hayden Stone and Madda Trading. In 1970, he received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Reserves.
During his lifetime, Roy enjoyed basketball, swimming, skiing, and really excelled at tennis and golf. When asked by his class to respond to his successes and accomplishments, he responded: “He survived polio, five broken arms, an 85 mph car crash and a tsunami off the coast of Thailand that killed 250,000 people.” His sister, Judy, would also add that they both survived driving Dad’s new Buick in reverse across the road and landing in Martin Weber’s home when Judy was 3 and Roy was 2!
He is survived by his sister, Judy Geldean; a brother, John Fink; a niece, Brenda Fowler; and a nephew, Alan Short, all of whom live in Arizona.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, James H. Clausen.
In his honor, a visitation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 5, at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. This will be followed by a family-only graveside service at the Manlius Cemetery, where he will be interred next to his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.