2016-12-15 / Obituaries


Daniel Norman Link, age 80, died on Monday, December 12, 2016 at The Maples in Frankfort.

Dan was born on March 23, 1936, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to L. Norman Link and Marie Scherer Link. As a young boy his father introduced him to a lifetime love of the out of doors through camping, shooting, gun safety, hunting and fishing. He participated in competitive shooting and achieved the highest award, Distinguished Rifleman. In 1954 he was the first winner of the Zeis Trophy for the Allen County resident making the highest individual score. His rifle team won several championships. He continued this interest into retirement with participation in the Cedar Rod and Gun Club of Leelanau County, where he served on the board of directors and certified as a gun safety instructor every year. He enjoyed deer hunting into his late 70’s.

He graduated from North Side High School in Fort Wayne in 1954. While in high school he studied voice, performed in several recitals, and sang with the Accapella Choir. In retirement he sang two seasons with the Benzie Community Chorus.

Upon graduation he joined the Indiana Air National Guard later serving as Armament Crew Chief, 122nd Fighter Squadron, Metz, France, 1961-62. His career was with the Fort Wayne Dental Depot (a dental supply and equipment repair business), founded by his grandfather carried on by his father. He became president in 1969 and sold the business in l986. Dan’s parents took the family to Northern Michigan every summer and purchased property in Leelanau County, so the natural retirement spot was Cedar, Michigan.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Dan was active in Trinity and St. Alban’s churches in Fort Wayne and St. Philip’s in Beulah serving all three as an acolyte, chalice bearer, lay reader, vestry member and President of the founding board of the Father Lovettt Foundation (St. Philip’s).

In 1955 he married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Arick, who predeceased him in 2008. He is survived by his son, John (Chrisy) of Fort Wayne, and daughters Catherine Thomas (Dave) of Traverse City and Peggy Link (Alison) of Auckland, New Zealand, his sister, Barbara Kruse (Wayne) of Fort Wayne, a niece, two nephews, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In 2009 Dan married Mary Hunsberger Link, who survives. “Dan gave me the best years of my life” says Mary; and her children, Emily, David (Kristen), and Thomas Votruba were treated by Dan as his own. They loved him very much.

Always a patient, loving, and non-judgemental Christian person, Dan will be remembered for his love of people and the out of doors. After moving to Frankfort he enjoyed volunteering at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Oliver Art Center and Benzie Area Historical Museum. He loved feeding the birds and working in the native garden at their home on Sixth Street in Frankfort and participating in the Audubon Club. When Alzheimer’s became unmanageable he entered The Maples Medical Care Facility and brought his wonderful personality along with him endearing him to other residents and the staff.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17th. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Memorial contributions in Dan’s name should be made to the Benzie Area Historical Society, the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD performances, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service.

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