Dale Otis Hink
August 20, 1917 ~ March 23, 2014
The year is 1917, USA had entered WWI, the Russian Revolution started, and Dale Otis Hink was born on August 20. Can you imagine watching World War I soldiers parading down the streets of your childhood town? Or listening to Babe Ruth jack another home run aired on live radio? How about seeing a talking movie? What an interesting beginning for Dale Hink in Wilbur, WA. Moving to Cashmere with his family in 1926, Dale attended high school, where he played football, basketball and was a diver on the city swim team. He also became a member of Boy Scout Troop 1 (later, his sons also became scouts from the same troop.)
Experiencing the Great Depression as a young man had its challenges; jobs and money were scarce. One of his favorite stories was “Riding the Rails” with a friend to Minnesota, where he worked in a restaurant for room and board. The Great Depression defined the type of man he is and was to be. During WWII, Dale worked on various defense construction jobs around the western United States. In 1943, he was drafted, and after basics, he was shipped out of San Francisco to the South Pacific/Philippines. He liked to say he was like ‘Radar’ on the TV series Mash, doing supply related jobs. He was transferred to the Air Force, where he was an air traffic controller for the remaining time in the service.
Returning to Cashmere, Dale became reacquainted with Dot French, his lovely bride of over 65 years. Settling into family life in Cashmere, Dale made memories with his sons: Bob, Larry, Jim, and Tim. Summers at Lake Wenatchee’s cabin fishing was a family ritual, and hiking, too. After a long day of pounding nails, Dale would take his sons eight miles up a mountain to camp at Colchuck Lake. Picture four boys, ages 7 to 15, carrying makeshift backpacks up a steep mountain, many times arriving after dark! Provisions of peanut butter and jelly until, hopefully, in the morning, fish would be caught. Dale carting a full pack and a gallon of gas for the raft and motor (stored from previous trips).
A lifelong union construction man, Dale’s ingenuity and work ethic made him a craftsman of the trade and a favored worker. He built the forms on most of the dams in the Valley and when work was limited, followed the work to Hanford and New Mexico. Retired over 30 years, Dale never grew bored. When he wasn’t maintaining two acres of property, he was using his “MacGyver” skills to fix something. He spent weeks at a time helping his adult children on construction projects. Dale was interested and interesting. He would spend hours devouring nonfiction books: history, geography, geology, war, building, you name it - he could talk it. He was champion at Croquet every Father’s day - he’d show us who was boss. His funny quips like, “I hear footprints” as we walked into the room, never failed to humor us. An avid sports fan, Dale would follow local, college, and professional games, on radio and television, usually at the same time! No family member will forget the image of Dale sitting in his recliner, watching the Seahawks on his 42” flat screen, with his binoculars!
He will be sorely missed by his wife, “Dot”; children, Larry (Cindy), Jim, and Tim (Tauni); sister, Wanda Stallings (Stan); grandchildren, Shawn (Kathy) and Heidi Taylor, Jazz, Addy, Quynn, and Cade. He was preceded in death by two sons, Tom and Bob.
Memorial Service for friends and family will be Monday, March 31, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cashmere Cemetery, with a continued Celebration of Life following at Tim and Tauni Hink’s. Memorial donations are encouraged to be made to Boy Scouts Troop #1, Cashmere. You are invited to view his online guest book at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, Cashmere.