Today, we have father and son soldiers; Jacob Francis Trinkle, an Army Vet and his son, Alvin Eugene who served in the Navy. The Trinkle family originated from Germany, came to Indiana in 1826 (Fountain County) via Virginia and Ohio, and worked in various capacities as carpenters, farmers, grocerymen, laborers, as well as other careers. Jacob himself retired from Hysters after many years while Alvin worked at Hoosier Crown, drove a truck and worked in construction.
Jacob was raised in Parke and Fountain counties, having been born as the year 1928 was new (January 4th) and passed away one day shy of his 69th birthday in 1997 of cancer in Crawfordsville. His parents, Samuel Levi and Myrtle Minerva Delp Trinkle had several children, at least three sisters and six brothers in Jacob’s family, although some were halfs. His first wife and mother to Alvin was Nancy Shirley Durham, daughter of George Washington and Wilma Louise Rector Durham. She was the 13th of 14 children (one dying at birth or shortly thereafter) born to her parents, and “Willie” her mother had four other children by LeRoy Proctor. Nancy died August 27, 1993 and has the sweetest tombstone in Oak Hill South.
It is interesting that Jacob obviously was born without a doubt in Indiana but on some records it states he was born in Parke County while others say Attica. Seems likely that he was born in Attica since the Trinkles lived in that area for generations. Definitely (either before or after his birth) the family moved to Parke County where he was educated in the schools there. As a WWII veteran, he was extremely involved in the VFW and Eagles organizations and attended the Cornerstone Church of Jesus Christ. Military rites were performed at his funeral in the Masonic Cemetery south.
Alvin had at least one sister and one brother. He was twice married, first to Marilyn Scott and secondly not too many years before his death to Denise Brown. He had two daughters and a stepdaughter. Born in Crawfordsville October 30 in 1955, he passed away at the young age of 57 in Lafayette on October 3, 2013. He attended CHS and was an avid motorcyclist. The American Legion and VFW Posts conducted military rites.
Thus we have the first of the Oak Hill South soldiers and, thanks to Kim Hancock and Suzy Petrey, they are now Etched In Stone, lying peacefully under new government grave markers. Rest In Peace soldiers!

Over the coming weeks and months I will write these columns highlighting each new stone. Karen Zach is the editor of Montgomery Memories, our monthly magazine all about Montgomery County. And she writes Around the County, which appears each Thursday in The Paper of Montgomery County. One by One: Etched in Stone is her latest offering and will appear periodically on Mondays in The Paper.