Floyd Sinning, 88, Lime Springs

--obit-sinningFloyd Sinning, age 88, of Lime Springs, Iowa died Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the Cresco Care Center in Cresco, Iowa.

Floyd was born at home, near Ackley, Iowa to Harry and Louise (Kies) Sinning on Jan., 10, 1926. He was born on the farm because the snow was so deep they couldn’t get around with the horse and sled. He, with his one sister, Bernice, and three brothers, Surles, Wilbert and Harry ‘Red,’ grew up on a 340-acre farm. Floyd graduated from Ackley High School in 1944. He joined the Army on May 9, 1946 and was an MP (Military Police). He, with over 300 soldiers, went by ship to Korea and landed on Sept. 30, 1946. Floyd was stationed around Seoul, South Korea as the U.S. Army helped get that country on its feet. He was shipped back from Korea on Sept. 4, 1947 and landed in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 18, 1947. He was discharged from the U.S. Army on Oct. 29, 1947 at the Separation Center, Camp Stoneman, Calif.

After leaving the service, he farmed near Ackley. With money saved from the Army, he bought a new Ford tractor, plow, planter and cultivator. He also worked as a mechanic. On May 9, 1952 he married Doris Anne Polley at the Berlin Church in Eldora, Iowa. They first lived in Cleves, Iowa, where they farmed and operated a pool hall.

In 1952 the couple moved to a 160-acre farm near Lime Springs, where they raised seven children, three daughters and four sons. Floyd farmed and also had a milk can route. For awhile he worked construction in Waterloo until a fall put him in a body cast. In the early 1960s, Floyd helped his nephew, Harold, with a stock car by working in the pit crew. They raced all over with a lot of races being in Cresco. Floyd worked other jobs as well. In 1967 he had a 30×200 chicken house built for laying hens. In 1969 he built another one, with the help of his family. With these two chicken houses, he had room for 25,000 laying hens!

In 1991 he retired from farming and moved to Lime Springs. He started to build woodworking projects for craft shows and his grandchildren. In late fall he would start to put up Christmas light displays. One light display was a reindeer jumping over a fence, another was a full-size Nativity scene. Floyd was active as a 4-H leader and softball coach as he had four boys of his own. He loved to bowl on a league and play pool and cards. He served on the Farm Bureau Board and held offices at the Lime Springs American Legion Post 545. In 2012 Floyd became a resident of Cresco Care Center, where he enjoyed bingo, paddle wheel and music events.

Floyd is survived by seven children, Dennis (Cathy) Sinning of Washington, Mich., Roger (Janet) Sinning of Kasson, Minn., Ann (Hubert) Rossol of Denver, Iowa, Mark (Pam) Sinning of Mantorville, Minn., Larry Sinning of Leland, Iowa, Norma (Charles) Kenning of Racine, Minn. and Karla (Ron) Kenning of Eagan, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two siblings, Bernice Heitland of Ackley and Harry ‘Red’ (Marian) Sinning of Ackley.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris Anne, on March 7, 2007; a grandson, Kevin Sinning; and two brothers, Surles Sinning and Wilbert ‘Bill’ Sinning.

Funeral services were June 9, at Saratoga Presbyterian Church in Saratoga, Iowa with Pastor Tim Sir officiating. Military rites followed. Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco was assisting the family.

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