July 7, 1931March 5, 2018

Robert Clarence Zink, 86, of Normal passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2018 at 11:28 p.m. at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. He was born July 7, 1931 in Covell, Illinois, the son of Wendell and Josephine Bointnot Zink. He married Erma Sutton in Bloomington. She preceded him in death on November 7, 2016. Robert worked as a grain elevator operator at Funk’s G Hybrid for 55 years, retiring in 1994. He loved animals, especially his beloved dog, Susie. He was an avid supporter of the Humane Society of Central Illinois. Robert was a car and motorcycle enthusiast, especially enjoying his Honda Goldwing, which he owned for many years. He loved traveling and being outdoors. He was known for taking care of his neighbors, even shoveling their driveways when needed. Robert is survived by two sons, Michael (Doris) Zink; and Timothy Zink, both of Normal; six grandchildren, Angela (Denny) Firkins of Hudson; Chris Sullivan of Texas; Kim (Mike) Gorski of Bloomington; Brandon Sullivan of Bloomington; Sheri (Ed) Zigler of South Carolina; and Bobbie Moore of Pekin; and 22 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a sister, Elsie Gibson; and a daughter, Barbara Moore. According to Robert’s wishes, there will be no services. Private entombment will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois. Condolences may be shared with the family at


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Mike Weiland

March 10, 2018

Mike and Tim, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I enjoyed saying hello when I was in the neighborhood. He loved being outside keeping busy. thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Eugenia Lane

March 8, 2018

Sheri and Bobby - so sorry for the loss of your grandfather.

Don Sears

March 8, 2018

So sorry for your loss.I enjoyed working with Bobby for many years. His work ethic was unmatched.