Age 75, of Okemos, MI, died August 22, 2013 at home with family by his side. Ken was born on October 7, 1937 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the son of Kenneth and Rebekah (Shope) Sink. He graduated from Penn State University with a Ph.D. in horticulture in 1963. He began his career as a professor of horticulture at Michigan State University the same year. In 1967 he married Merry Hannah Copp. He served as the original director of M.S.U.’s Plant Breeding and Genetics program and as Director of the Plant Transformation Center until his retirement in 2007.
Ken attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America and remained active in scouting as an adult, receiving many awards of merit including the Silver Antelope and the Silver Beaver. He was also involved in many conservation organizations including Trout Unlimited, The Pere Marquette Watershed Council, the Michigan United Conservation Club, and the Ruffed Grouse Society.
Ken was an avid fly fisherman who loved spending time at his cabin on the Pere Marquette River. In 2002 he received The Outstanding Conservationist Award for his stream preservation work on the Pere Marquette River. He also belonged to the Spruce Creek Rod and Gun Club in Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania where he spent many memorable days fishing alongside his father K.C. and son Jon.
He is survived by his wife Hannah (Copp) Sink, daughters Rebekah Sink and Elizabeth Sink, son-in-law Jose Sanchez and his beloved grandson Esteban Sanchez Sink. He was preceded in death by his son Jonathan, brother Stephen and parents Kenneth and Rebekah.
A celebration of his life will be held at Eagle Eye Golf Course, 15500 Chandler Rd., East Lansing on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Trout Unlimited and the Ruffed Grouse Society, c/o Dick Augustine, 1329 Poppy Lane, DeWitt, MI 48820. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.