Dean “Beaver” Huinker

Friday, December 1, 2023 11:46 am

Dean Frances Huinker, commonly known as “Beaver,” 68, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., with his loved ones by his side.

A private family Memorial Mass will be held for Dean. Burial will be in Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Dean’s Life from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Festina Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. A donation will be made in Dean’s name.

Beaver was born on Sept. 13, 1955, to Robert and Arlene (Ameling) Huinker. He received his grade school education at St. Mary’s in Festina, reminding his loved ones regularly that he was so smart he got to skip kindergarten. Beaver graduated from South Winneshiek High School in 1973. Following graduation, Beaver continued to pursue his life-long passion of farming which led to him moving onto the family farm in 1988, where he currently resided. Beaver also spent a period of time employed by Eastern Iowa Structure Service.  In addition to his own farming, Beaver enjoyed helping Einck’s Dairy with harvesting crops.

Along with his passion for farming, he enjoyed playing softball, bowling, landsharking, playing cards, and many other activities in combination with the socialization that came with them.

Although Beaver had a passion for farming and enjoyed extra-curricular activities, it was also during this time that Beaver found another interest to pursue, Leann Einck, who was the love of his life.

Beaver and Leann were united in marriage on Aug. 6, 1983. To this union, two children were born, Krista and Ryan.

Due to Beaver’s declining health, he spent many hours touring the countryside in his ranger, stopping to chat with each and every person he met along the way. He also enjoyed using the skid loader, or as his neighbor calls it, his motorized wheelchair, to make and improve trails for checking the cattle, the pastureland and crops, and checking on the fish in the pond. This occupied his time when he couldn’t be at adult daycare.

Everybody that knew Beaver admired him for his big heart, wit, and wisdom. He will be greatly missed, but the many memories of him will last forever.

Those left to honor his memory include: the love of his life, Leann; his son, Ryan; his mom, Arlene; his siblings Carol (Birddog) Stanbrough, Sharon (Dan) Henning, Duane (Tammy) Huinker; sisters-in-law Wendy Huinker, Maryern Einck (Mark Sweitzer), and Diana (Pat) Gardner; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Welcoming Beaver into Heaven with open arms were his daughter, Krista (2000), his dad, Robert; his brother, Keith; father and mother-in-law, Lenny and Dela Einck; Brother-in-law, Pat Einck; nephew, Jesse Einck; and great nephew, Clayton Henning

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