Ronald Edward Winkler Sr., 82, of Iola, died surrounded by his family on Wednesday, February 162022 at Thedacare Regional Medical Center, Appleton WI.
Ron was born April 18, 1939 in Plymouth, Wisconsin to the late William and Olga (Grams) Winkler. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, WI and graduated from Plymouth High School on May 28, 1957. As a young man, Ron enjoyed ice skating, swimming, ski jumping, stock car racing, hunting and of course his lifelong passion, fishing. He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Bordelon and had many overseas adventures during his military service. On May 16, 1975, Ron began his greatest adventure when he married the love of his life Judy Miller. Together they have built a family and created unforgettable memories. Those who knew Ron knew he was a prankster and liked a good prank. His children and their friends were terrified of him at movie nights. His love of fishing has taken him to the lakes with his children and grandchildren and some of their fondest memories include fishing with Grandpa. Ron – known on CB as 40 Winks – has been a semiconductor for most of his life and has made countless friends during that time. He particularly enjoyed his time at Kraze Trucking in Amherst where he finally retired just two years ago at the age of 80.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Judy; daughters: Michele (Robert) Walton, Corrine (Shaun) Brachmann, Wendy (Keith) Schwalbe, Melissa (Bradley) Beyer, Sherri (James) Lashua, Ryan (Ryan) Glover and sons, Ronald Jr (Meghan). He is survived by his grandchildren: Amanda, Niki, Peter, Kayla, Katie, Karley, Zachary, Courtney, Jacob, Ethan, Erick, Jack, Nicholas, Henry, Ronald III, Keegan and Ryker as well as his great-grandchildren -children, Devon and Alivia. Ron is also survived by many (favorite) nieces and nephews. Ron was especially proud of his grandchildren and looked forward to the arrival of his new great-granddaughter in April. In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his son Chris; brothers, the Reverend Wilber and Roger Winkler; his sister Hildegard Krueger and his great-granddaughter Reagan.
Dad fought so hard to stay with us here, but God had other plans.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Scandinavian Lutheran Church with the Reverend David Eisele officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, February 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Voie Funeral Home in Iola and Saturday at the church from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial with military honors will take place at Park Cemetery – Ogdensburg in the City of St. Lawrence after the service.