Delmer “Del” D. Pinke, Fargo, N.D. passed away March 9, 2020 at Essentia Health, Fargo, N.D. with his loving family by his side.
Del was born in Jamestown N.D. on October 16, 1946 to Elmer and Leona (Loebs) Pinke of Marion, N.D. He grew up in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1964. He was active in sports, band, and choir throughout his school years. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school graduation. While in the Navy, he was stationed in Norfolk, VA Air Naval Station with Air Squadron VR22 and Moffit Field Air Station in Sunnyvale, CA. In 1966, he served his country in Qui Nhon, Vietnam and was honorably discharged after three years of service. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he attended Valley City State College graduating in 1972 with B.S. degrees in Business and Physical Education. During college, Del was president of the Vet’s Cub for two years, supporting veterans returning from the Vietnam War.
Del married his ‘little cherub’ Carol Jeanne Ball on November 28, 1970 and they started their lives together in Valley City, N.D. Their son, Ryan Del, was born in 1975 and daughter, Kelly Jean, in 1978. While in Valley City, Del was active on various boards and organizations including the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and the Epworth United Methodist church board helping lead each one with his great sense of humor and compassion for others. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
Del and Carol moved to Fargo, N.D. in 1991 where Del continued to work in insurance until retiring in 2010. Del formed many close friendships while in Fargo and enjoyed his Wednesday night golf outings, ice fishing on Lake Lida, and watching Bison football games with his neighbors. He enjoyed his annual fishing trips to Minaki on the Winnipeg River with friends and family for nearly 35 years. He spent many memorable summers at Buffalo Lake in South Dakota with his wife, children and relatives at their lake cabin along with friends on the lake.
Most of all, Del enjoyed making those around him smile and laugh with his quick wit and sense of humor. He had a remarkable memory of jokes and storytelling. He will be missed dearly by those who loved him. In the words of Del as he was making an exit, “I’m in the wind”.
He is survived by his wife, Carol of 49 years, son Ryan, Highlands Ranch, CO and daughter Kelly (Matt) Hockett, Moorhead, MN. His grandson Camden Pinke, and granddaughters, Molly and Kate Hockett. His brother Eldon (Carol) Pinke, Wishek, ND, and his sister Ardella (Bruce) Rau, Medina, ND, along with many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.