Thursday, December 22, 2011
August 30th, 1923---December 21st, 2011
Dr. Paul H. Winkler “Wink”
Dr. Paul H. Winkler, 88, died Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Brookestone Meadows in Omaha, NE. He was born to Frank and Maude Freer Winkler on August 30th, 1923 in Heron Lake Minnesota. He graduated from Heron Lake High School. During World War II, Paul served with the Army of the United States from 1943 - 1946 and received numerous decorations and citations. He married Maxine Mathias on June 17, 1947. He graduated in 1952 from The California College of Chiropody (Podiatry) and moved to Hastings. He lived there for 59 years where he practiced podiatry before retiring. He served as the Past President of the Nebraska Podiatry Association.
Paul was a past Exhaulted Ruler of Elks Lodge #159 and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Paul excelled at whatever he attempted. He was a champion golfer, hand-ball player & tennis player, fisherman and bowler. He played basketball during podiatry school, even playing against the Harlem Globetrotters. Paul was a former pilot and continued to share his joy of aviation thru his love of model airplanes. He was a master carpenter and extremely talented artist and loved a good game of cards.
Survivors are two daughters, Michele Minnick and Catherine Bassett, both of Omaha; one son, Jeffrey of Lakeville, Minn; one brother, Bob of Woodberry, Minn; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine, infant daughter, two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 27th at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hastings. Burial at Sunset Memorial will follow at 2:00 p.m.
Memorials may be given to The Knights of Columbus #1123, PO Box 632, Hastings NE 68901 or Catholic Social Services, 333 West 2nd Street, Hastings NE 68901.