January 8, 1943 ~ October 4, 2016
Ernest Francis Cink Jr., 73, died Tuesday afternoon, October 4, 2016, at the Brookdale Senior Living Center located in Wellington, Kansas with family present. He was born on January 8th, 1943 in Caldwell, KS to Ernest Cink Sr. and Pauline Struble
Ernie attended Caldwell Elementary School and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1961. He earned his Certificate from the Kansas School of Barbering in Wichita, KS in 1963.
He met Freda Bozman at the Caldwell Bowling Alley and was eventually united in marriage to Freda on August 7, 1965 in the United Methodist Church at Edna, Kansas. The couple made Caldwell their home for 45 years, Ernie lived in Caldwell another 4 years after Freda’s passing in 2010. In 2014 he moved to the Brookdale Senior Living Center.
Ernie and Freda had two children. Thomas Jay was born in 1969 and Traci Noelle in 1972. Ernie took great pleasure in supporting his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. He coached baseball and softball, was a scout leader and was an active Caldwell Booster Club member.
Ernie began his working career in South Haven, as a barber, in 1965 he moved back to Caldwell and opened up his own shop, the Star Barber Shop until 1998 when he suffered a massive stroke and could no longer continue his barber practice. Ernie also served as a volunteer fireman for 25 years and held the position of secretary for several of those years. Ernie also was a member of the Caldwell Recreation Commission and received a Distinguished Service Award for his 25 years of service with them.
Ernie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell and then later attended the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. The church and his faith were very important to Ernie, and he passed on that dedication to his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by son, Thomas Jay Cink and his wife, Kelly, of Manhattan, KS; daughter, Traci Edwards, and her husband, Bryan, of Wellington, KS; brother, Bob Cink, and his wife, Connie, of Caldwell, KS, sister, Shirley Hyatt, and her husband, Jim, of Buffalo, MO; brother-in-law, Wayne Bozman, and his wife, Carmaletta, of Edna, KS; sister-in-law, Colene Smith and her husband, Jerry, of DuBois, WY, Carolyn Mawson of Florissant, MO, Martha Holliday of Liberty, KS, Sharon Bozman, of Edna, Ks, Karen Law of Grove OK; 7 grandchildren: Jordan, Jeremy, Brock, Tatum and Peyton Edwards; Kaci and Brooklyn Cink.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and Ernest Cink Sr., brother-in-law, George and Glen Bozman, John Holiday, nephew, Kevin Bozman, and his mother and father in-law, Sumner and Dorthy Bozman.
Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 10, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell.
Memorials may be given in memory of Ernie to the First Presbyterian Church or to the CHS Alumni Association and left in care of the mortuary.
Thinking about you
Allison McLain - 10/05/2016
Traci and Family. I just wanted to tell you how much of a pleasure it was to have been able to meet your dad. He has a special place in our hearts. Sending prayers your way.
Rest in peace, Ernie. I
Rick Townsend - 10/06/2016
Rest in peace, Ernie. I harbor fond memories of sitting in Ernie's barber chair when I was a young boy. His nature was always calm and pleasant. I will carry the memory of Ernie with warmth and pleasure.
Prayers are with you
Todd, Christina... - 10/06/2016
Our hearts go out to you and your family Jay! Ernie raised a couple of great kids, his legacy will carry on for many generations. We are here for you if you need anything.
With deepest sympathy
Carolyn Knitter - 10/06/2016
Jay and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God's love wrap his arms around you and your family and comfort you.
Dixie and Roger... - 10/06/2016
I Dixie, have many memories of Ernie. Our parents were good friends and we attended many family gathering. Roger got his haircut when we were in Caldwell as Ernie cut his hair just the way he liked it. RIP Ernie. Prayers for the family.
Jay, My thoughts and prayers
Dave Mills - 10/06/2016
Jay, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If there is anything I can do, please don't hesitate to ask.
Marilyn&Chet - 10/06/2016
Time for dad to rest in peace.
Love to Jay and Tracie
Deb Koch - 10/06/2016
I have been thinking about this for two days and not sure that I can explain this plainly! Ernie Cink passed away to be with his lovely wife Freda. When Ernie had his stroke Ernie was the only one that cut Jimmy and Steven's hair Chris had a very few haircuts. If they wanted lines Ernie did it! Always talked Caldwell sports and pulled gum out of their ear they loved him. After a lot of explaining they allowed someone else to cut their hair. Every time they saw Ernie they spoke with sadness. First Christmas after his stroke we Went to Carol at his house all 3 left in tears! What an impact he has had on their lives!
I remember going with my
Kim Hatcher-Sprague - 10/06/2016
I remember Ernie cutting my
Michael Schmidt - 10/07/2016
I remember Ernie cutting my hair as a child, and when I was in college being one of few barbers that would/could give me a high and tight flat-top. He was a great part of the Caldwell community!
Rest in peace
Kelly Sandell - 10/07/2016
Jay and Traci so sorry for your loss. Your father was a good man and a pillar of the community. I always looked forward to having my hair cut just to get a chance to talk with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Peace to the family at this
Mary Holomek Kern - 10/07/2016
Peace to the family at this time. I have known this family for many years, since growing up in the country west of Caldwell. May you all find comfort in remembering the happy times
Twila Brotton - 10/07/2016
Thoughts and prayers are with you. Knowing your dad is at peace and no longer suffering has to be a great comfort. God bless. Twila
A Great Caldwell Icon
Debbie Beran - 10/07/2016
Ernie is and has been one of my favorite Caldwellites for many years. He brought laughter and amazement to soooooo many kids in his chair including my son Ryan, he loved going there especially when he went with Grandpa Ben. May he rest in PEACE and may he and Freda be dancin a jig together in heaven.
Jay, Traci and family,
Kathie Henton - 10/07/2016
Ernie will forever be part of what made Caldwell ...Caldwell. Prayers of comfort to you and know that you were blessed in having such a wonderful man for your dad!
Glynda - 10/07/2016
Many thoughts of Ernie include his gentle soul & smile. That is what I remember when Denny & I went to hospital in Wichita to see Ernie when he had his life altered years ago. He smiled at us & continued to smile throughtout the years as we would visit with him. Ernie was also a good friend to both of us & special memories for Denny playing basketball with him at the Radars years ago. May Ernie be dancing in heaven with Freda & smiling that beauitful smile. Glynda Young
M&D Ward - 10/07/2016
Thank you Ernie and Freda for being the best at our wedding. So long my good friend will miss that smile.
What a great person. Always a
Erica Ender - 10/07/2016
What a great person. Always a kind word and smile. I never got a haircut at the barber shop but any time he saw me going by there or his house he would stop me and we'd have a good chat. Prayers for you and your family Jay.
Jay, Traci and family
Lori Shields - 10/09/2016
Uncle Earnie - will always remember how he liked to tease us, was always genuinely interested in how high school sports were going, had a wonderful laugh, a never ending smile, and a kind heart. I'll never forget the last time we visited before his stroke how he reached out and engaged with my dad (who usually kept to himself), and got him off the couch to come out and help him BBQ in his usual light hearted manner. Our thoughts are with you and your family.