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Richard Pinkham

January 24, 1927 — May 26, 2016

Richard "Dick" Pinkham, also known as "Pinky",89, of Morton and formerly of Minonk, passed away at 5:55 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Morton Terrace where he was a resident.

He was born to William and Ethel Punke Pinkham on January 24th,1927 in El Paso, IL. He married Betty Gaede.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Minonk, daughter, Vicki (Hank) Landherr of Stacyville, IA; two sons, Terry and Mark of Minonk; mother-in-law Berniece Gaede; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Merle (Erma) and Herb Pinkham.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister and two brothers.

Dick loved vegetable gardening and was very proud of his flower garden. He was also an avid fossil collector. He and his wife, Betty, took ballroom dance lessons and went to dances almost every weekend. He and Betty also loved playing cards with friends. Dick was very creative and could make almost anything out of a treasure he might find around town. He was quite talented with woodworking and loved giving away his works of art. When grandchildren came to visit they always looked forward to early morning trips with grandpa to Casey's for a donut and milk. Dick hardly ever missed a 6 am visit to Casey's.

Dick proudly served in the United States Air Force. He loved pulling pranks, telling jokes, and always making everyone around him smile and laugh. His sense of humor and outgoing personality were his two best qualities. He loved his work as a mechanic at Case IH in Minonk.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 11 at 10 am at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk with full military rites following at the Minonk Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Celebration of Life

JUN 11. 10:00 AM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - Minonk
775 North Chestnut Street
Minonk, IL 61760

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