Cletus 'John' Donnel Frink

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Cletus “John” Donnel Frink, 79, of Monona, Iowa, died at his home in rural Monona, on Sunday, April 7, 2019. 

Cletus was born Feb. 24, 1940 to Adeline Elizabeth (Evans) and Herbert Donnel Frink. He was united in marriage with Linda Frink on July 22, 1969. Cletus earned his degree from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in diesel mechanics in August 1989, and managed Drake Park Apartments in Des Moines from 1992 until 2001, at which time he retired to Kenny and Sandy’s farm. John ranched on and off for several years and was the true definition of a cowboy. He also drove semi for many years. He was a 4-H leader and also took a very active role with the Clayton County Fairgrounds. He was a man of few words but had a very strong presence.

John is survived by his children, Larry Engen, Doreen (Duane) Southwick, Ken (Sandy) Engen and Jim (Lori) Engen; grandchildren, Jackie, Roland, Rachel, Curtis (Bailey), Sarah, Jacob and Josh; great-grandchildren, Alex, Alexis, Allison, Addilyn, Abigail, Aiden, and one on the way (Curtis and Bailey); and his granddaughter Alexis is expecting her first child, his first great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Adeline Evans-Frink; his father, Herbert Frink; his brother, Rolland Frink; and his wife of 40 years, Linda Frink.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Monona, Iowa.

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