Ellis Kenneth Zink

April 15, 1919July 13, 2018
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ZINK, Ellis Kenneth, age 99, of Rochester Hills, MI, passed away on July 13, 2018. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 15, 1919. He was married to Doris June (Standfest) Zink on October 25, 1947. Ellis had a long time career in the printing industry. He was preceded in death by his siblings, George Zink, Robert Zink, and Grace Robertson. Ellis is survived by his children, Doreen (John Roehrig) Debolski, Karen (Randy) Scholl, and Kenneth (Susan) Zink; his grandchildren, Brendon (Angelina) Debolski, Julie (Brian) Haggart, Lindsay (Jim) Porth, Jonathon (Samantha) Zink, Katelyn (Ivan Malinov) Zink, Alexandra Scholl, Victoria Scholl, his step-grandchildren, Maria Roehrig, Christi (James) May, Katherine (Matthew) Brach, and John (Erica) Roehrig; his great grandchildren, Brooklyn and Benjamin Haggart, Vivienne and Sophia Debolski, and Ashley and Isabelle Porth; his step-great grandchildren, Jordan Roehrig, Jacob Roehrig, Ethan May, Zoey and Autumn Brach; and his brother, Wilbur Zink. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 2-8 PM with a Funeral Service beginning at 3 PM, at Pixley Funeral Home, 3530 Auburn Rd., Auburn Hills, MI.


  • Doris June (nee Standfest) Zink, Wife
  • Doreen (John Roehrig) Debolski, Daughter
  • Karen (Randy) Scholl, Daughter
  • Kenneth (Susan) Zink, Son
  • Brendon (Angelina) Debolski, Grandson
  • Julie (Brian) Haggart, Granddaughter
  • Lindsay (Jim) Porth, Granddaughter
  • Jonathon (Samantha) Zink, Grandson
  • Katelyn (Ivan Malinov) Zink, Granddaughter
  • Alexandra Scholl, Granddaughter
  • Victoria Scholl, Granddaughter
  • Maria Roehrig, Step-Granddaughter
  • Christi (James) May, Step-Granddaughter
  • Katherine (Matthew) Brach, Step-Granddaughter
  • John (Erica) Roehrig, Step-Grandson
  • Brooklyn Haggart, Great Grandchild
  • Benjamin Haggart, Great Grandchild
  • Vivienne Debolski, Great Grandchild
  • Sophia Debolski, Great Grandchild
  • Ashley Porth, Great Grandchild
  • Isabelle Porth, Great Grandchild
  • Jordan Roehrig, Step-Great Grandchild
  • Jacob Roehrig, Step-Great Grandchild
  • Ethan May, Step-Great Grandchild
  • Zoey Brach, Step-Great Grandchild
  • Autumn Brach, Step-Great Grandchild
  • Emil Zink, Father
  • Leah (nee Watson) Zink, Mother
  • Wilbur Zink, Brother
  • George Zink, Brother
  • Robert Zink, Brother
  • Grace Robertson, Sister


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ellis Kenneth Zink

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Lindsay Debolski

July 16, 2018

Grandpa Zink-
A man of honor, faith, and pride. Your legay will carry on for generations. We celebrate your 99 years here and the eternal life you’ll share with the true light and love of your being. ❤️

Tamara Carter

July 16, 2018

To the entire family, sending heartfelt condolences. What a great man, what a great life. Praying for comfort at this time. May God bless you all.



If I could write a story…It would be the greatest ever told.
Of a kind and loving father….who had a heart of gold.
I could write a million pages…but still be unable to say
How much I love and miss him…every single day.
It was the 15th of April in 1919 when your story began…
Born in New York to Emil and Leah,
As the first of five children… you were number One.
Named for your father…but they would call you “Son”.
Memories of childhood growing up on Wade.
Where with your siblings you laughed and played.
When duty called you answered….without hesitation or fear.
You didn’t ask what it might cost you, you just saw a need that was clear.
And when the war was over, you left the Army behind.
But never did you let go of … your American Pride.
The next chapter of your life had begun….you were still young.
You took up a trade and went to work.
But just around the corner, love would lurk.
And then you met HER, the woman of your Dreams.
She danced into your life and you made Doris your Queen.
You married your true love and started a life.
For seven long years, it was just you and your wife.
Prayers that were answered, and the children arrived.
Life was so good as a family of 5.
And the story of family is where you would shine.
As a Son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather…..
You were DIVINE.
So we thank you Dad for a lifetime of memories.
For holding our hands when we were small.
For reaching out to catch us when we would fall.
You encouraged us to learn our lessons in school.
You took us to church ….and taught us the Golden Rule.
For the countless times you’d fix things with wisdom and glue.
And for not complaining too loudly when we would brake something new.
For being Dr. Dad with those famous Vick’s rub downs when we weren’t feeling so well
We were sure to feel better….but boy did we smell.
For being a Sidewalk Supervisor, Painter, Artist, Carpenter, Philosopher…..and Worrier Extraordinaire
For fixing all those things only you could repair.
For famous Dad quotes like “if in doubt don’t” and “Variety is the Spice of Life”….
That was just fine……as long as Salmon was on the menu all of the time.
Fiercely independent you lived your life so well. No poem could do it justice; No words could fully tell.
You never looked for praises…you were never one to boast.
You were always there for others…For those you loved the most.
And when life got tough and mom needed you most, you did your very best.
You cared for her gently ……you laid her to rest.
When the love of your life was called to her Home.
You bravely carried on ……now on your own.
And though life was now different …you rarely complained.
You rose to the challenge through sunshine and rain.
And God continued to bless you…with you He remained.
For 99 years you lived your life setting a golden example for all of us.
You loved your family and Jesus and showed us how much.
And when that golden heart stopped beating , all worries put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us …he only takes the best.
I know that Mom was waiting . Her heart now filled with Joy.
You’ve gone home to join her ….In Heaven forevermore.
But back on earth we struggle, without you we’re alone.
You were our umbrella…our protection against the storm.
We will live our lives as you taught us…We hope to make you proud.
You left a family legacy, that we will carry on.
We will keep our faith and our memories…. close in our heart.
Until we meet in Heaven one day…….Never again to part.
We will think of you as living in the hearts of those you touched.
For nothing loved is ever lost…….and you were loved SO MUCH.
For my Beloved Father…. With love forever, Karen