LAUREL - Charles E. "Junior" Fink passed away peacefully in the afternoon hours of Nov. 9, 2008, at St. Vincent Medical Center, from heart failure.
He was born on Dec. 13, 1926, in Laurel, to Ellis and Martha Fink. He was educated in the Laurel schools, graduating from Laurel High School in 1947. He resided in Laurel his entire life.
In 1950, Junior was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean War. He served as a radio operator behind enemy lines in Korea for one year and was discharged in 1952. After his tour of duty in the Army, he returned to Laurel and served as an apprentice machinist for the Northern Pacific Railroad for a time.
When he left the railroad, he gained employment at the Cenex refinery. In 1971, while working for Cenex, Junior was the victim of a tragic accident which left him disabled. The good news is that disability didn't keep him from going fishing at Cooney Dam and the Stillwater, which he thoroughly enjoyed. His main goal in life after his accident was making sure his mother was taken care of. He was totally dedicated to his mom's welfare.
This past year, Junior's disability got to a point where he needed help, causing him to spend the last year of his life residing in the Tender Nest Care Center in Laurel.
Junior was a 50-year member of the Corinthian Lodge No. 72 A.F. & A.M. in Laurel and also the American Legion. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Junior is survived by a sister, Margaret Belinak of Laurel; brother Leo Fink (Erlys) of Billings; and nephews Mike, Pat and Dan Belinak all of Laurel, Greg, Gary, Dean Fink and a niece, Cindy Maywalt, all of Washington State.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the excellent care Junior received at St. Vincent and the care and friendships he developed with the people at Tender Nest.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Smith Funeral Chapel-Laurel. Interment will be in the Laurel Cemetery.