Kenneth B. Winkle, 92, of Continental went to his heavenly home
surrounded by his family at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at
his residence in Continental, Ohio
He was born in Continental on May 6, 1924 to the late Eber and Mae (Schmidt) Winkle.
He married Mary Edith Unverferth on March 31, 1951. She died
November 10, 2011.
survived by three children, Tom (Vicki) Winkle of Defiance, Ron
(Wanda) Winkle and Diane (Sam) Brown both of Continental; "Grandpa
Barney" is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kristin Winkle
Tacy of Charlotte, NC., Kelly (Anthony) Tegenkamp, Rob (Melissa)
Winkle, Ryan (Katie) Winkle, Stacie Dirr, Kurtis (Chelsea) Brown and
Jessica (Kyle) Vennekotter all of Continental; eight
great-grandchildren, Quinn and Reid Tegenkamp, Addison and Aubrey
Winkle, Ryley and Ryker Winkle, Grady Dirr and Emmy Vennekotter;
one step-granddaughter, Jolene (Ben) Williams of Defiance and three
step great-grandchildren, Alexi, Caden and Megan; a sister, Norma
Jean Morgan of Continental; four sisters-in-law, Dorothy Winkle of
Continental, Ruth Ann Horstman of Cloverdale, Julie (Harold) Selhorst
and Irma (Ron) Kahle both of Kalida. He also leaves behind many
nieces, nephews and extended family members.
was also preceded in death by two great-grandsons, Cayden and Connor
Winkle; his step-mother, Lucile Winkle; a brother, Joe Winkle; six
brothers-in-law, Bob Horstman, David Morgan, Urban (Helen)
Unverferth, Virgil (Virginia) Unverferth, Richard (Gladys) Unverferth
and Donald “Jiggs” (Helen) Unverferth; and one sister-in-law,
Marietta ‘Toots” (Harold) Smith.
Kenneth graduated from Continental
High School in 1942 and served his country proudly in the US Navy as
a radio operator aboard the USS Willis during World War II. In
1960, he established H&K Motor Sales with his business partner
the late Howard Halbgewoks, and was a Chevrolet dealer from
1960-2005. He was a long standing member of Continental
American Legion Post #541, Lima Elks, and the Lima and Cape Coral, Florida
Moose lodges. He served on the board of directors for the
Continental TDS, the Continental Bank, and the Continental
Development Board. He was an active member of St. John the
Baptist Catholic church in Continental Ohio. He enjoyed spending his
winters at his vacation home in Cape Coral, Florida and his favorite
pastimes included flying his Cessna airplane as a licensed pilot,
landscaping, and spoiling his grandchildren. He was also an avid
fisherman and hunter.
A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 18,
at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Continental with Fr.
Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery,
Continental with military rites by the Continental American Legion.
The family will receive visitors at Heitmeyer Funeral Home,
Continental from 2 to 8 p.m. on Monday and one hour prior to the mass
at church on Tuesday.
In lieu of
flowers or gifts, the family would request that memorial
contributions be made to St. John the Baptist Building Fund or Putnam
may be expressed to: www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.