John Frederick Sinkovitz

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

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 09, 2008
    AUNT RUTH says:

  • December 09, 2008
    Peggy Collins Russell says:
    Dear karen and family, You are in our prayers. may God comfort you. Love Peggy and family

  • December 08, 2008
    Carolyn Bittle says:
    I was saddened to hear/read of the loss of Sinkovitz. I worked with him at Methodist College for a number of years, and I feel privileged to have known him. He gave me two kitties from his farm, and I still have the last one he gave me. I will miss talking to him in the parking lot of the old Wal-Mart. Rest in peace.

  • December 08, 2008
    Heather & Steve Burton says:
    Dear Karen, Michael, and Cassie, Please let us know if there's anything we can do for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers and always in our hearts. Love, Steve and Heather

  • December 08, 2008
    Earleene Bass says:
    To Mike's family. My love and prayers are with each of you. I have worked with Mike ever since he was with Methodist University. Mike was very much a people person, and everyone on our campus was touched by him in so many ways. We have lost not only a co-worker but a great friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.