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Clark Sinsel - February 20, 2012


Clark Eugene Sinsel, 78, of Burley, Idaho, went to be with our Lord on Feb. 20, 2012, after full and complete use of his well-worn body.
Clark was born, Jan. 23, 1934, the fourth of seven children to Martha and John Sinsel, at his family’s farm in Minden. An energetic child Clark learned the values of hard work, love of family and charity to those less fortunate. Values he lived and shared his entire life.
As a young man Clark moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, and worked drilling the wells so critical to the agriculture of Idaho in the early 1950s. Clark met his bride of 56 years, Lenis Mary, while actively involved in the Lutheran Church; he, the President of the Walther League youth group, Lenis, the church organist. They were married Oct. 22, 1955.
Cynthia Marie was born 5 years later and TaraLee 2 years after. Clark proudly served in the Army as part of reconstruction efforts following the Korean Conflict, enlisting rather than being drafted in order to serve along-side his brother. Clark was injured during his service but enjoyed the excellent stories it gave him.
After completing successful employment at Sears and establishing his solo business career Clark took his family to live in Nebraska in 1969. Returning to Idaho in 1975, Clark chose Burley as the best place for his family and his business. Clark was extremely entrepreneurial and gifted in refrigeration and appliance repair. Burley Refrigeration became Clark’s Refrigeration and Appliance Service. Clark never let the grass grow beneath him and worked until the end.
Clark was most proud of the longevity of his marriage, his tremendous love of family, his military service which included a special commendation for morality for both him and twin Carl, saving a life in the early 1970s when he and brother Arden pulled a man from a burning car, winning a turkey most years he shot at clay pigeon tournaments and what may still be the record catch at Freddie’s Pond which got his picture in the newspaper.
Clark is survived by wife, Lenis; daughters, Cynthia and Tara, Tara’s husband James; grandsons, Tyson and Tyler, Tyler’s wife Karen; older sister, Lois Beck; younger brother, Arden Sinsel and wife, Marlys; sisters-in-law, Loretta Sinsel and Alice Sinsel; sisters and brothers-in-law, Edna, Hazel and Richard; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by mother, Martha (Kaufeldt); father, John Jr.; infant sister, Jane Louise; brother, John Thomas; twin brother, Carl Edward and younger brother, Ward August; in-laws, Frances and Albert Miller, and Herman Drewes.
Clark requested that no funeral or memorial service be held, but, his wife, daughters, son-in-law and grandsons welcome your prayers. If you wish to recognize Clark you may do so by putting in a hard day’s work, showing compassion and assistance to a stranger as well as a friend, speaking your mind, laughing often and loving your family. We are all blessed to have known and loved this true “One of a Kind.”
Cremation services are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home and Crematory in Rupert.