Shelly Fink, a North Dakota National Guard Airman, Died Unexpectedly

Last Updated on December 28, 2023, 7:47 am

A North Dakota Air National Guard mourns Shelly Fink, who passed away unexpectedly at 33

Shelly Fink Dead
Shelly Fink (Image via Facebook)

Shelly Fink, a North Dakota National Guard Airman, died unexpectedly at 33 at her home in Barnesville, Minnesota, on Sunday, December 24, 2023.

What happened to Shelly Fink?

Shelly Fink passed away unexpectedly at her residence in Barnesville, Minnesota, on Sunday, December 24, 2023. The details of her death have not been made public at the moment. North Dakota Air National Guard announced the news of her passing in a post on their Facebook page, paying tribute to the late airman.

Major General Alan Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general, made the following statement regarding the death of North Dakota National Guard Airman 2nd Lt. Shelly Fink.

“The North Dakota National Guard extends our deepest condolences on the passing of Lt. Shelly Fink,” said Dohrmann, “Lt. Fink served her country and the State of North Dakota with a determination that could not be matched. She will be greatly missed.”

Who was Shelly Fink?

33-year-old Fink was a native of Rutland, North Dakota, and made her home in Barnesville, Minnesota. She has been a member of the 119th Wing’s Happy Hooligans since 2009.

“The entire Hooligan family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” said Col. Mitch Johnson, 119th Wing commander. “We are heartbroken beyond words. Lt. Fink had a huge personality, and her infectious energy touched so many lives throughout the wing.”

Shelly earned her bachelor’s degree in University Studies from North Dakota State University in 2014. In her civilian occupation, she served as the Director of Growth for Hatch Realty in Fargo. Prior to that, she served full-time for the North Dakota Air National Guard as a recruiter from 2014-2022. She became a commissioned officer in 2022 and has been serving at the 119th Wing Public Affairs Office since 2023.

Shelly Fink is described as funny, smart, charismatic, and kind. She lived every day of her life to the fullest. She was full of joy and spread laughter everywhere she went. She was known for her infectious smile and kindness. She loved animals and used to volunteer at the local animal shelter and foster animals. She also used to randomly gift treats to the staff at the shelter throughout the year. She had a kind heart and always wore a warm smile on her face.


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