Man bowls perfect game with his father's ashes inside the ball

  

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Via:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  6 months ago  •  8 comments

By:   Rachel Trent, CNN

Man bowls perfect game with his father's ashes inside the ball

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Man bowls perfect game with his father's ashes inside the ball

One Illinois man has bowled a perfect game more than a dozen times -- but the last time he went for the perfect 300, there was more at stake.

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Earlier this month, John Hinkle Jr., of  Peoria, Illinois , honored the memory of his father, John Hinkle Sr., by achieving that perfect score while using a bowling ball that contained his father's ashes.

Hinkle Jr., a school counselor, comes from a family of bowlers. He and his twin brother, Joe, started leagues when they were four years old. Their parents bowled as well.

"He (John Hinkle Sr.) never had a perfect game until NOW," Hinkle Jr. wrote in a Facebook post on  April 12 , where he shared video of the moment.

Once you bowl a perfect game, doing it again is far less daunting because you've done it before, Hinkle told CNN. But he said emotions were high at this game because it was like no other.

"I was shaking. I had tears in my eyes the last couple balls," the 38-year-old said. "I just knew what it meant to my dad and my brother to do this."

Hinkle's brother was the first one to hug him after the final strike, leading to even more tears.

"I started crying more when he approached me because we did what we said we would do."

When their father died in 2016, Hinkle said he and his brother thought about quitting bowling. Their mother died in 2014, so it was hard to continue the sport without being able to look back and see their parents.

"My mom and dad were always there for me and my brother when we were bowling in leagues," Hinkle said. "You'd look back and you'd see one of them there, or both."

Hinkle first brought up the idea of bowling with his father's ashes to his brother in 2017. But it took more than a year to find someone who was willing to put the ashes in a bowling ball.

Many Hinkle asked didn't know how to do so, or were nervous about ruining the ball, he said.

Luckily, Hinkle's childhood friend, who also bowls and had just opened a pro shop, was up for the task. She sealed the ashes in the thumb hole on the first try.

Hinkle said he is going to retire this ball after he completes the upcoming Tournament of Champions, the last tournament he played with his father before he passed away.


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    6 months ago

Don't you just love these stories?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    6 months ago

Well, Charger, so far it looks as if you and I are the only ones who do.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    6 months ago

Most people in the US are sleeping overnight Buzz, which is when your article appeared. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    6 months ago

I know, so my comment was meant to bump the article so it would be noticed. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  JohnRussell    6 months ago

Just saw it Buzz.  It's a cool story. 

I think the impact is slightly lessened though by the fact that Hinkle Jr has bowled previous 300 games before , evidently multiple times.  It doesnt mean he will be able to do it on demand but it does mean he is a a very good bowler. 

The article is a nice story about a shared family pastime and a touching ending. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @2    6 months ago

The fact that he was an accomplished bowler did reduce the miraculousness of the event, but it would not have been at all a great story if that particular game was more like I bowl.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  Kavika     6 months ago

Very nice and touching story, Buzz. 

I enjoyed it.

 
 
 
shona1
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4  shona1    6 months ago

Morning. Same here, I enjoyed it to and it is 1am where I am...

 
 
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