Ronald L. Sink

February 5, 2022

Ronald L. Sink, 76, a longtime Clinton County resident, died February 5, 2022 at his home in Indianapolis.  He was born February 23, 1946 in Clinton County to the late Carl W. & J. Lois (King) Sink.

Ron attended Sugar Creek School and was a 1964 graduate of Clinton Central High School.  He graduated from Purdue University in 1969 with his Master’s degree in education. He was an elementary teacher for the Community Schools of Frankfort, teaching at Lincoln, Riley and Suncrest for over 30 years.  He was a member of the Kirklin Christian Church.  Ron was an avid reader, gave dance lessons in Frankfort, loved his dogs and enjoyed spending time with his nephews and niece.

Visitation and Services

Family services will be held. Inurnment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Frankfort Education Foundation, 2400 E. Wabash St., Frankfort, IN 46041.

Survived by:

2 brothers: Donald R. (Alice) Sink of rural Rockville, Ind. and Steven L. (Sheila) Sink of rural Kirklin, Ind., nephews: Joe (Christy) Staggs of Rosedale, Ind. and Todd (Casey) Sink of College Station, TX, and niece: Juanita (Lance) Padgett of Kirklin, Ind.


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46 Condolences for “Ronald L. Sink”

  1. Jeff Matthews February 7, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    The years I spent working in schools allowed me to make friends who helped me do my job better. Ron was at the top of that list. He was the kind of person who stood beside you not behind when problems needed solving. Made my job easier and improved my awareness of life. Gone too soon. Not to be forgotten.

  2. Linda Forsythe Large February 7, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    He was my favorite teacher. I had him for 5th grade at Woodside. First year that I never missed a day of school. I really don’t know what was so special about him but I loved coming to school that year. I am so sorry to hear this.

  3. Owen Sheridan February 7, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing, he was a very good friend.

  4. Mauri Scheidler February 7, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    This is very sad to hear. Ron was a close friend to our family and he helped us celebrate various life events over the many years we were blessed to have him in our lives. Rest In Peace my friend.

  5. Suzanne M Scheidler February 7, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    This news makes my heart sad. But also brings back so many great memories. I will never forget his laugh! For years I wore little gold bracelets because Ron did and they looked so cool. RIP Ron. You were cherished.

  6. Nancy Kehrer February 7, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Ron was a very special caring man.

    Sympathy to his family.

  7. Kip Scheidler February 7, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Condolences to Ron’s family. Please know your brother/brother-in-law/uncle was a powerfully positive influence in so many of our lives. His spirit will live on within us. Fond memory—Ron teaching my mom, Maribelle Cole, and Linda Ryan to do The Hustle in our family room. There was far more laughter than dancing going on that night.

    RIP, Ron. You were like family.

  8. Thomas Pearcy February 7, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    I also had “Mr. Sink” as a 5th-grade teacher at Woodside. He struck me as the most interesting teacher I ever had — he was an excellent educator. Later, as I had the privilege of getting to know him socially, I realized my very high impression of him as my teacher fell short: he was genuinely decent, kind, funny, and introduced me to Cat Stevens. ‘Nough said. Ron: I’m grateful to you for playing a formative role in my life. Be well, friend: Morning Has Broken.

  9. Jean Warren February 7, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    So sorry to hear this. He was an excellent teacher. All three of our kids had him when he taught at Riley.

  10. Janet February 7, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Donald and Steve,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of Ron. I’ll always remember your family as we grew up just around the corner from your dad and mom. I pray for God to give you peace at this difficult time. Janet King Carney

  11. Jane Fausset February 7, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    We were quite a pair teaching at Riley. The kids loved it—Sink and Fausset. We go way back to Sugar Creek Crickets! Sending thoughts and prayers.

  12. Chris Valley Guffy February 8, 2022 at 8:21 am

    I’m saddened to read of Ron’s passing. Ron was the kind of teacher who was always going the extra mile. He put his students’ needs first while making learning fun. My mother, Ruth Valley, who taught with Ron at Lincoln & Woodside, described him as a truly dedicated educator. At my basement, tornado warning wedding, Ron told me ‘Nobody’s ever going to forget this one!’
    Well, Ron… I can sincerely say the same for you. RIP

  13. Donna Ebert Landers February 8, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Sending my sympathy to his family.

  14. Amy Bayless February 8, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Don and family,

    So very sorry to hear about the loss of Ron. You may not remember me, but we went to school together and your Mom and my Mom were friends, Kathleen Patchett. Sends prayers at this difficult time.

    Amy Patchett Bayless
    CC class of ‘65

  15. Bill Clossin February 8, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Ron was a very good friend many decades ago. And he was simply a good person. Fond memories listening to Beatle’s albums after parting the hippy beads. Condolences to Ron’s friend and family.

  16. Gloria & Phil Crum February 8, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I had the pleasure to teach with Ron at Riley’s Elementary in Frankfort. He was well thought of by the teachers, parents and students. His students came first and benefited from his legacy.

  17. MIke & Cathy Rule February 8, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Don and Steve: Cathy and I were very sad to hear of Ron’s passing. We really enjoyed seeing the picture of you guys together a while back. We had not seen Ron for several years. We remember all of the good times when we were in school. Don, maybe we should go to the Georgia mountains to see our friend while we still can. We will talk with you later.

  18. Tobie Mast February 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Sorry for your loss.
    Tobie and Marge Mast

  19. Susie February 9, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of Ronnie. I remember the good old days when we had Easter breakfast an egg hunt before going to Easter services. And all of us always sitting in the backseat at church. Steve was probably too young to remember but they are such good memories.

  20. Anita and Jerry Bradley February 9, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Don, Steve, and Families: Sad to hear of Ron’s passing. Jerry and I were just talking about Ron with Don last fall. I have good memories of riding together one summer to Indy to work during our college years. He was so much fun. We grew up together as neighbors and fellow Sugar Creek chipper crickets. So sorry for your loss.
    Anita (Carney) & Jerry Bradley

  21. Roland & Linda (Brandenburg) Johnson February 9, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    From church camp to high school graduation there are many wonderful memories of “The Sink Twins”. Don and Steve – so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a great guy loved by many. And I’ve heard many say what a great teacher he was.

  22. Dan Hine February 9, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    Rest in peace Ron. I remember all the Christmas Eve’s our families spent together. These are some of my best memories.

  23. Kathy Reiber February 9, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Dear Don, Alice, Steve, Sheila and families,
    I send my sincere condolences to you all. I liked our Sink Family reunions as I grew up and became an adult. You knew you were going to hear something funny from Ronnie. Then he’d smile that sly looking smile and laugh! Great memories. Thank you all for great memories!!

  24. Don Blanch February 9, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    So very sorry about Ron’s passing. Our condolences to his family.

  25. Cathy Hall February 10, 2022 at 8:26 am

    So sad to hear this, Ron was a special man. A great teacher at Lincoln, and I had the pleasure of working with him at Riley. He will be missed. Sorry for your loss.

  26. Michelle Carter February 10, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Mr. Sink was 5th grade teacher. He was always so funny, kind, and offered amazing advice, even into my adulthood. What he gave to the community was amazing and he will be sadly missed!!!!

  27. Patti Beard February 10, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    So very sad to hear the news of Ron’s passing. My first time being a teacher’s aid, I lucked out and got to work for a great guy, Ron Sink! He made my day every day, best memory, teaching 5th graders how to dance in gym class! I lived for that day every week, he was a great dancer, and I enjoyed it so much! He always made you feel special, and that you helped make a difference, but it was Ron who was special and made a huge difference in children’s lives! Keep Dancing my friend, I will never forget those great days.

  28. Kayleah (Appleby) Maddock February 10, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Oh… Mr. Sink!!!! You always made me feel so special in fifth grade at Riley!!! I was such an ugly duckling and awkward that year. You gave us all nicknames and I was the “apple of your eye”, hence Appleby. YOU made such an impact in my life as I chose teaching as my career, my passion, because of YOU and several other amazing educators in Frankfort. The memories of laughing, disco dancing in the gym for PE and visiting again later in years will be in my heart forever. RIP my friend! Clogs forever

  29. Pat Whitenack February 10, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family of Ron Sink. We were classmates at Clinton Central and while I only saw him on very rare occasions he was the same kind and pleasant person I knew in high school. He will be missed.

  30. Angela Harris February 10, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Mr. Sink is an amazing teacher and is part of the reason that I’ve become the person I am today. He made me think I was a great student, a worthwhile person, and worthy of positive attention. I’ve wanted to find him to tell him of his impact on me. He is the reason teaching is a noble profession. Thank you Mr. Sink for recognizing me.

  31. Carla Suzanne Pierson February 11, 2022 at 11:01 am

    I just heard of Ron’s passing from my brother, Marty Brunes. Ron was actually a second cousin to me but I thought the world of him! He was funny and upbeat and the epitome of cool, because he was intelligent and could discuss almost any topic. As a kid at family reunions I was always drawn to him. He was great at listening to kids. He was only about 13ish years older than I am, and so, later when I was in my mid twenties we actually got a chance to, “ go clubbing, “ a few times together! He was so much fun and people are right he could dance! After I got married and had children we kind of lost touch, but I ALWAYS ALWAYS have to smile when I think of Ron. The gift of a smile cousin Ron, that is how I will remember you. Catch you on the flip side.

  32. Jerretta Avery February 13, 2022 at 9:09 am

    Don and family. After reading the many condolences from friends, family and students, I’m so pleased that Ron was loved and admired by so many. Throughout high school he was a friend to all, so friendly and so funny. The summer after graduation, he would come to my house on Saturday afternoons, we’d hop into my shiny new ‘64 Chevy Super Sport convertible, put the top down and cruise up to Indiana Beach where we’d dance all evening to the Rolling Stones ‘Brown Sugar’ and oh so many other cool songs of that time. He was a terrific dancer with lots of energy and always with a smile on his face. I’ll never forget those fun summer nights dancing with my pal, Ronnie! He will be missed! My condolences and sympathy.

  33. Janet Rodgers February 13, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He will be missed by all who new him.. Janet Giles Rodgers

  34. Michael Spretnjak February 13, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    I just learned about Ron passing away after I started investigating why he wasn’t answering his phone or returning messages … what a great loss. Some of my favorite memories were going to ND-Purdue football games together, tailgating with Ron’s family when “the game” was at Purdue, and with my family when at ND. I also have fond memories of going to the Indians State Fair to see the livestock being shown by his family members, watch the horse shows, and enjoy eating some pork tenderloin. Family, friends and students (as well as his dogs) were very important to Ron. Ron, his family, his caregiver, and all his loved ones are in my prayers.

    Rest In Peace dear friend

  35. Jim Lyon February 14, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    So sorry to see Ron passed. He and I were friends for many years. We traveled together on several driving trips around the US. My family and I will keep his memory forever.
    Jim Lyon

  36. Chris & Christian February 14, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Our condolences to Ron’s family. We knew him for many years and he was a wonderful man. We will always remember the fun times had at many a New Years Eve celebrations at our mutual friend-Tom’s house. Rest In Peace.

  37. Tom Lakatosh February 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Very sad to hear the shocking news about my friend of almost 40 years. I will hold in my heart the wonderful memories of all the great times we had while working and socializing. They will live on forever in my heart and mind. Rest in peace my dear friend.

  38. Donald Runnion February 15, 2022 at 10:18 am

    I am sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He and I were friends for many years. We traveled together many times and he was always great fun to be be with. I will miss him.

  39. Sharon Gray Jones February 15, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    So so sad to see this. We were classmates and when we were younger we tap danced together. His brother Don, Ron, Kathy Kingsolver and I even danced at the Roxy Theatre. Don and family sending prayers to you.

  40. Shawn Johnson February 16, 2022 at 2:37 am

    I have been Ron’s caregiver for the last 5-6 years. I spoke to him daily about all things life. He evolved into being my best and most trusted friend. He had so many comical aspects to his character. I realized once after going on a date with a lady from a dating app, how highly people thought of him when she mentioned she was from Frankfort. I told her “that’s where my friend Ron who I take care of is from.” She asked if his last name was Sink. When I said yes she excitedly erupted, “Omg I loved Mr. Sink! He was my favorite teacher! How is he!?!? ” I told her he was only about a mile from where we were. I said if you want we can go there so you can say hi. She asked, “Do you mind? Can we??” So she followed me and she and he talked for 45 minutes. And that was pretty much the summary of my date. Lol
    I miss him terribly.

  41. Julie Doan February 16, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Mr. Sink was a teacher who sincerely cared about his students and I was lucky enough to be one of those students. He pushed me when I was underachieving, challenged me when I was overachieving, and encouraged me when I needed it most. I truly loved him and am so sad to hear of his passing. I am praying for his family and loved ones. He was such a gift.

  42. Jeanie and Gary Thompson February 17, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    So so sorry for your family’s loss. Ronnie was a GREAT guy and he will be missed.

  43. Kristy (Stockberger) Miller February 24, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Mr. Sink was one of those teachers that you never forget and he definitely left his mark on every student that he taught. I was lucky enough to have had him for social studies and math in 5th grade at Riley. He made learning fun and always teased me (in a fun way). He was an amazing teacher and you could certainly tell that he loved his job and his students. He introduced us to the “States and Capitals Rap by Professor Rap,” and I still remember that song to this day. He is someone that I have never forgotten over the years and wished that I had gotten a chance to see him again and thank him for impacting my life and the lives of many others. He will certainly be missed and I am so sorry for his family/friends loss. He was one in a million and I have many wonderful memories of him and I will certainly cherish those memories. Continued prayers.

    P.S: I am a teacher and he is definitely one of the reasons why I became a teacher. So, thank you Mr. Sink.

  44. Pam Williams February 28, 2022 at 8:44 am

    So sorry to hear about Ron passing. I have known Ron since 2004. We worked together at Lawrence Township. He has come to my house and my mom’s for many cookouts and dinners. My mom treated him like one of her own. I would get coworkers together every three months for dinners. He was a great friend, he will be missed. Sympathy goes out to his family.

  45. Kathy Scott February 28, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    I am truly sorry to hear of Ron’s passing.

  46. Cynthia A Diederich January 27, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    I have been looking for information about Ron for some time. He and I lived in the same apartment building and taught at the same elementary school in 1971. I was a new teacher and from Fort Wayne. I didn’t know a soul in Frankfort. Ron became a good friend and an amazing mentor. I loved him with all my heart. He was an outstanding teacher with a crack up sense of humor and a heart of gold. I got married in ‘77 and moved to Illinois. We stayed in touch for many years but then we lost touch. I’m relieved to know he is home and at peace. Love you always Ron.

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