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Life Story / Obituary
All who knew Jack Sinks would agree that he was the heartbeat of wherever he went. He was a lifelong resident of the community he loved, and he was the sort of person everyone seemed to know. Jack was a loving husband and father, but he just might have argued that his greatest reward was becoming a grandfather and a great-grandfather later in life. He worked hard, but he played hard, too, and he was always willing to help anyone who needed it. Although he accomplished so much of which to be proud, Jack was a humble man whose greatest source of pride and joy was found in his family. Deeply loved, he will be forever missed.
The 1930s were primarily defined by the dark days of the Great Depression. Jobs were scarce and a soaring unemployment rate left cities, communities, and families to do whatever they could to weather the storm. Things only went from bad to worse when a crippling drought covered our nation’s heartland for nearly two years during this time. Despite the trials around them, Roy and Norma Sinks were able to shift their focus to an exciting time in their own lives as they announced the birth of the baby boy they named Jack on July 27, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan. Jack was one of nine children as he was joined in his family by his siblings, Robert, Barbara, Ralph, Gloria, Janice, Ron, Diane, and Karen. His father was a devoted long haul truck driver while his mother was a hardworking homemaker and mother.
In many ways Jack was a typical young boy of his generation. He was into sports and played baseball, hockey, and football. Jack also started working hard as a young boy as it was his job to empty the coal bins. When he was 13, he had a paper route delivering the Detroit News, saving the money he earned to buy his very first car. Jack moved on from his paper route when he took a joy as a gas station attendant. He also attended local schools through the 10th grade.
It was while working at the gas station that Jack’s life was forever changed as it was there that he met the woman of his dreams. Her name was Mary Lynn, and she lived in an apartment near the gas station. Sparks flew right from the start, and it wasn't long before the couple found themselves deeply in love. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together Jack and May Lynn were married, deeply in love. They settled into an apartment, and together they welcomed two children including Jack and Lynn into their hearts and home. Although he only attended school through the 10th grade, Jack was a hard worker who was successful in his work and provided a nice life for his family. Their dogs, Toby, Ladd, Shadow, Tanner, and Boo were all treasured members of the family. Later in life Jack was thrilled to become a grandfather to his four grandchildren, Nicole, Derek, Jennifer, and Jeff. More recently, Jack’s family grew to include his great-grandchild, Presley.
Throughout his life Jack was a man of many interests who was always on the go. During his younger years he watched softball, and in his fifties he played racketball with his friends, Todd Camfield and Barry Vess. After retiring, Jack and his best friend, Clyde Camfield, played golf. A sports lover, he enjoyed taking his grandson to hockey games and also watching him play. Jack also enjoyed watching the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Lions. When he retired, Jack took the family on a fun-filled family Disney cruise and also to the Smokey Mountains and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. When it came to music he liked Gene Pitney, Johnny Cash, and George Jones, and he enjoyed watching Judge Judy in addition to Pawn Stars and Cops. Although Jack never served his country in the military, he was proud to be an American and supported his country through thick and thin. As his family and friends can attest, Jack had the most interesting things to say like, "Hey boy get me a beer,” "No matter where you go, there you are,” and, " Have you heard about the three eggs two bad?”
With unending love for his family and friends, Jack Sinks was an extraordinary man to know and love. He had a contagious laugh and regularly had laughing episodes that were so animated that he would end up crying. Papa Jack was famous for his one-liners like, “If you don’t know where to start, go back to the beginning,” and he had the perfect wit coupled with timeless wisdom. A true character, everyone simply loved Jack. He will never be forgotten.
Jack Sinks died on November 7, 2017. Jack’s family includes his wife, Mary Lynn; children, Jack Sinks and Lynn Wellbaum; grandchildren, Nicole (Marc) Maljak, Derek (Ashley) Sinks, Jennifer Wellbaum and Jeffrey Wellbaum; great-grandchild, Presley; siblings, Ralph, Diane, Janice, and Karen. Funeral Service Saturday 11 a.m. at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home 30200 Five Mile (Between Middle Belt and Merriman) Visitation Friday 1-8pm. You may share a memory or photo and sign the guest book at www.TurowskiFuneralHome.com