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Roy Pershing Mink

Roy Pershing Mink passed peacefully on December 24, 2018. He was born in Rockholds, Kentucky on February 26, 1919. He graduated from Knox Central High School in Barbourville, Kentucky. Roy served in WWII for five years in the Pacific Theater with a rank of staff sergeant in the Army Air Force. Roy’s tours of duties included New Guinea, Okinawa, and the Philippines, where he met his wife of 56 years, Rosario. After the war, Roy studied art at the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Pittsburgh Art Institute. He was employed as a commercial artist at the Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked as an illustrator for religious teaching materials. His work included book covers, children’s Bible presentations, and missionary projects. He retired in 1981 to Nashville, Tennessee and later moved with his wife to Chandler, Arizona. Roy was active in the Crossroads Nazarene Church there in counseling, outreach, teaching, evangelism, and men’s ministries. Roy spent a lifetime in Christian service in these activities. He was an outstanding athlete, participating in baseball and basketball. As a fan, he was an avid supporter of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team and the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. Other interests included portrait painting, travel, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Roy is survived by his brother Harley, daughter Maridel, son Curtis, daughter-in-law Terri, and granddaughter Tamara.


  • Audrey Bird Posted January 1, 2019 4:10 PM

    How we loved Roy. i will never forget the day, while we were in the process of getting his house ready to sell, that I arrived to find Roy on a ladder painting the eves. Roy was 89 years old at the time! That was the day, he took me aside and said, can I tell you a secret, i said as long is it not about the house. he said, no, it’s fine. Then he said “I have a girlfriend. It is so wonderful. I feel like i am 16 years old again. He was, of course, speaking of Wilma. We also enjoyed some wonderful conversations with Roy on eschatology, as well as other Biblical topics back when we were in a small group together with Roy and Rose. We rejoice that Roy is home with his Savior and the two women in his life. we were blessed to know Roy.

  • Dale and Carolyn Brugger Posted January 2, 2019 7:10 PM

    What a joy to count Roy, Rose and Wilma among our precious friends. What jewels in the Kingdom and although heaven is richer, our lives are sadder. How glorious to have him pass peacefully into his Fathers arms.

  • Joan Mack Schnirring Posted March 21, 2019 11:42 AM

    I am so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. His name is one I have heard throughtout the years as he was the person responsible for bringing my mom and dad together. He and my dad, Bill Mack, studied together at the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Pittsburgh Art Institute. I had purchased the book Roy wrote many years ago for my dad. I know it brought him great joy and memories reading it! I can’t tell you what it means to me now as a keepsake since my dad passed away on January 1, 2018. My mom, Doris (Campbell) Mack, passed away on January 29, 2019. I believe she died of a broken heart! RIP Roy Mink. I hope you have reunited with Bill and Doris in Heaven so they can thank you for the great life they shared together for over 65 years!

  • Ronald Chan Velasquez MD Posted June 11, 2019 2:55 AM

    I miss you my friend,my patient back here in the philippines,thanks for donating to our hospital velasquez medical clinic and hospital here in Mangatarem,Pangasinan,i last saw you year 2000 as you wrote in your book My image of Rosario, see you in heaven my brother.

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