John Frederick Sinkovitz

June 23, 1936 - December 3, 2008
John Frederick Sinkovitz

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Command Sergeant Major Ret. John “Mike” Sinkovitz died on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

John was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 23rd 1936, to John and Mary Sinkovitz. He retired from the Army in 1981 after 26 years of service to his country. John was a distinguished and decorated soldier in both Korea and Vietnam. After the military, John coached college football at a number of schools and became the Director of Intramurals and Recreation at Methodist University in 1989.

John Sinkovitz is survived by his wife, Karen Jordan Sinkovitz; his three children, Cathryn, Christopher and Michael; his two grandchildren, James and Kayla; and two sisters, Carlene and Joanne.

A Memorial will be held in Reeves Auditorium at Methodist University on Wednesday December 10th at 4:00 pm. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00pm on Friday, February 13th in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in John’s name to The Walter Reed Society OIF/OEF Family Support Fund, PO Box 596 Walter Reed Station, Washington DC 20012, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of our wounded veterans.

Online condolences may be made to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • December 12, 2008
    Al and Helga Cardenas says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. We hope you are able to find comfort now, and fond memories forever.

  • December 12, 2008
    Minnie Mackintosh Beam says:
    Karen and Family, It has to be so hard to lose your best friend. Please know you are in the thoughts and prayers of many who care about you.. Me included. Take care of yourself, Karen. Miriam Beam

  • December 16, 2008
    Jean & Steve Larson says:
    Karen & family We were saddened to hear of Sarge's death and offer our prayers for you and your family. Steve has had many stories about Sarge that he has enlightened us with. He will certainly be missed. We have enjoyed reading about his life since leaving Fayette. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jean (Zeman) Larson

  • December 10, 2008
    Carmen Reed says:
    Dear Karen and Family, You and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Carmen, Anne and Fred, and David

  • December 13, 2008
    Bill & Linda Collins and Family says:
    My Dearest Cousin Karen: I have been thinking of you and praying for you and your family everyday. I was so sorry to hear about Sarge. I have often thought of all that he did in his life and the impact he made on so many people in serving his/our country. Besides what he did for others, I know you loved each other so very much. You have such a wonderful family...we, our whole family, had such a good time with you and your children just the short time we spent together at your folks. It does not seem like it has been almost ten years ago. I want you to know you will always have a close place in my heart and I love you very much. Continuing to keep you in my thoughts and prayers… Bill and Family (Linda, Billy, Jessica, Michael, and Sara)