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Allen Wayne Zink, 69, died Aug. 22, 2019, in Ketchikan.
He was born May 9, 1950 in Ketchikan. He graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1968.
Mr. Zink was a lifelong resident of Ketchikan.
“(He) called Alaska ‘God’s country,’ and it was the only place he wanted to be,” his family writes.
Mr. Zink was a well-known local pilot, starting his career flying floatplanes with Webber Air and continuing on with Louisiana Pacific, where he flew floatplanes and earned his helicopter pilot’s license. He continued to fly helicopters for L-P/Ketchikan Pulp Company for more than 25 years. Mr. Zink concluded his flying career with Temsco, and retired in 2015.
“He had 25,000 hours (11,000 airplane; 14,000 helicopter) in the sky,” his family writes. “Flying was his passion and he enjoyed sharing the scenery with others. He never liked leaving anyone in the woods, and felt one of his greatest accomplishments was getting everyone home safely.”
Mr. Zink enjoyed beachcombing, sprucing up the yard, chewing on a good cigar, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Zink was preceded in death by this father, Abert Zink; mother, Grace (Irene) Zink; and brothers, Donald Zink and James Zink.
He is survived by his children, Mindy (Jim) Byron of Ketchikan, Carl Zink of Ketchikan, and Hayley Zink of Gustavus; longtime companion, Robin James; grandchildren, Kage, Stevie, Braxton, Kyler, Kya, Lindsay, Jack, Kenzie and Makena; great-grandchild, Grace; brother, Dan Zink; and sisters, Julia Kubley and Lenore Guthrie.
A celebration of life will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2019, at the Temsco hangar in Ketchikan.
Donations may be made to the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Mr. Zink’s remains will be cremated.