ROCKPORT, Texas — Ralph Marion Winkelman, 94, died on May 9. He was born on Feb. 27, 1919. In 1938, he graduated from Chase High School. He entered the United States Army during World War II and served with the 13th Airborne Division in France, Belgium, Ireland and Scotland. After the war he worked for Kaw Pipeline in Kansas and in 1963, transferred to Houston and worked for the pipeline division of Texaco.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Ann (Grant) Renault, Tomball, Texas; and Maureen Winkelman, Rockport, Texas; a granddaughter, Jennifer Duknic (Derek), Tomball, Texas; a sister Verda Everett, Van Wert, Ohio; and two sisters-in-law, Eloise Winkelman, Ellinwood and Joan Winkelman, Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lydia (Sewing) Winkelman; his beloved wife of 66 years, Kathryn Winkelman; infant daughter, Marian Kay Winkelman; a son, George Winkelman; brothers LaVerne, Lovell, Maurice and Steve Winkelman; and a sister, Doris Rice.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lakin Comanche Cemetery in Ellinwood.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Kimple, Inc., Funeral Home*
P.O. Box 246
Ellinwood, KS, 67526
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, May, 16, 2013