John C. Jentink, 81

Published 8:45 am Friday, September 28, 2018

John C. Jentink, 81

John C. Jentink, 81, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at Rochester West Golden Living Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

John was born Jan. 10, 1937, to Norman and Florence (Mercereau) Jentink in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Paul Humboldt High School and attended Hamlin University. John served in the U.S. Army. He was married to Alta Jean Norman on Oct. 10, 1964, and they moved to Stillwater, Minnesota. John served as group department manager with Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Company in St. Paul until his retirement. Alta passed away in 1984, and John and their children continued to live in Stillwater until 1998, when he moved to Austin.

John was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Austin. He volunteered with the church serving meals at the Salvation Army, ushering and providing hearing aid maintenance. He was also a driver and coordinator for the Austin Meals on Wheels program. Prior to having children, John was an avid gun collector. He was interested in antique tractors and steam engines as well as Civil War History.

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John was preceded in death by his wife, Alta, on April 27, 1984; and his parents. He is survived by a daughter, Kimberly (Matthew) Rowley, Rochester; son, Michael Jentink and Beth Kamuti, Austin; grandchildren, Ella, Jonnathan and Jocelyn Rowley and Aiden Kamuti; sister, Sharen (Rulon) Chappell, North Saint Paul, Minnesota; brother, William Jentink, Saginaw, Michigan; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday Oct. 1, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be in the Rutherford Cemetery in Stillwater. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary for one hour before the service on Monday at the church. Memorials are preferred to the First United Methodist Church or to the American Parkinson’s Association.