Gary Lawrence Fink of Iowa City, died at his home, surrounded by his family, on Aug. 8, 2009, after a valiant struggle with cancer. A celebration of life and visitation for Gary was held at First United Methodist Church in Iowa City on Saturday, Aug. 15, with the Rev. Paul L. Akin presiding. A gathering time followed the service at the church. At his request he was cremated.
Gary was born in Marshalltown on June 5, 1940, the son of Lawrence Hale Fink and Marie (Lorenzen) Fink. He grew up in Springfield, Ill., and Toledo, Iowa, where he graduated from high school in 1958. He was named an All-State football player in 1958.
He attended Iowa State University, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and graduated from Coe College with a degree in biology. He received a master’s degree in science in public health administration from the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa in 1969. He served in the Iowa National Guard 109th Medical Battalion from 1963-1970.
Gary began his professional career as the executive director of the Iowa Nurses Association from 1969-1972. He then accepted a position in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa with the Regional Medical Program where he wrote the grants for the Statewide Perinatal Program and the Mobile Dentistry Program, both which are still in existence today. He also served as adjunct faculty in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. In 1978, he was appointed executive director of the Iowa Health Planning Council, a position he held until 1981. In 1981, he began a Realtor career with Smith, Hilgenberg & Maloney. In 1989, Gary and Mark Kamps partnered in a broker-Realtor firm and expended into Fink, Kamps, Fellows & Mathieu. Gary specialized in commercial real estate development and investment and was an owner partner of F & S Properties, Washington Street Properties and Squire Point Development. He also was a commercial appraiser. In 1991, Gary formed FAP Enterprises and was the owner-partner-manager of the Gasby’s convenience stores until his retirement in January 2007.
Gary was united in marriage to Linda L. Reed on June 29, 1963, in Toledo, Iowa. Their children are David Reed (Snowden) Fink of Coralville and Kristen (Sean) McIntyre of North Liberty; and his grandchildren are Madeline and Maxwell Fink. He is also survived by his brother, Donald (Elaine) Fink of Iowa City; his brother-in-law, Barry Reed of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharon and John Shepard of Houston, Texas; his aunt, Lurene (Fink) Neff of Des Moines; his second parents, Randall and Flora Williams of Waverly; and his nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gary was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was active on the Board of Trustees, Church Foundation and Finance committees. He also was active in community endeavors, including the City High Boosters, Iowa City Music Auxiliary, former member of the Noon Rotary Club of Iowa City, and a past president and lifetime member of the Sunrise Optimist Club of Iowa City. In June of this year, he received a Governor’s Volunteer Special Disaster Award from United Way for his work with the flood relief.
Gary’s passions the last 10 years have been his woodworking, which many of his family have been recipients of his furniture craftsmanship, his game of golf, traveling, and winter vacations on the beach at Marco Island, especially at sunset.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the College of Public Health for student scholarships through the University of Iowa Foundation or First United Methodist Church, Iowa City.
Online condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com .