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Bill Tinkle Grinnell

Bill Tinkle, 88, of Grinnell died July 30, 2014, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell.

A funeral service was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Interment was in Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery in Brooklyn. Memorials may be given to Grinnell Regional Hospice, mailed in care of Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, IA 50112. Online condolences may be left at www.smithfh.com.

William Isaac Tinkle, son of Geneva Rose (Meldrem) and Alfred Everett Tinkle, was born May 27, 1926, in Brooklyn.

Bill was raised near Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1944.

On Jan. 26, 1945, Bill married Florence “Mick” Hawkins in Marengo.

Bill worked for Ed Bartachek in Brooklyn doing tiling work before working for Phil Palmer Construction. He later farmed near Barnes City for several years and then farmed for Paul McConnell from 1956-68.

Florence died of cancer on June 26, 1967.

On May 31, 1969, Bill married Fran Miller at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

The family moved to the Leona Tokle farm near Grinnell in 1968 and later to the Ruth Hannay farm near Grinnell.

Bill is survived by his wife Fran Tinkle of Newton; daughter Judy (Randy) Brown of Osceola; son Bill (Nancy) Tinkle of Grinnell; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Bonnie Ward of Memphis, Mo., Verlan “Shorty” Tinkle of Marshalltown and Rosy (Virgil) Roorda of Barnes City.

In addition to his first wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Betty Story and Vernon “Red” Tinkle.

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