Russell Lee Zink 1927 – 2013

Posted on October 16th in Obituaries

Russell Lee Zink, 86, of Juntura, passed away Oct. 3 in Ontario.

Russell was born Jan. 7, 1927, in Scio to Nonnie and Pearl (Simmons) Zink.

In 1944, at age 17, he moved with his family to the Thomas Howard ranch near Drewsey.

In 1945, they moved to Juntura.

Russell worked on ranches, for the Cattle Association at Unity, on the railroad at Riverside, and was a government trapper for some time in Fields and Crane. He also trapped on his own a lot.

His last job was running a riding stable at Kah-Nee-Ta near Warm Springs, and at Bandon with his partner, Karen Johnston.

Russell is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bettie J. (Wharton) Zink; son, Thomas Lee Zink of Shelby, Mich.; grandchildren, Eden Elizabeth Zink and Benjamin Thomas Zink of Kalispell, Mont.; brothers-in-law, Thomas (Lois) Wharton of Coos Bay, Sam (Jackie) Wharton of Redmond and Marvin Wharton of Crane; sister-in-law, Faye (Cliff) Pamperien of Vale; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and all his neighbors and friends in and around Juntura.

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