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Willis Willie D. Winter 1932 - 2017
Willis Willie D. Winter 1932 - 2017

CONCORDIA — Willis “Willie” D. Winter, 84, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Mt. Joseph Senior Village, Concordia. He was born on Dec. 16, 1932, in Palmer, to William H. & Hulda (Meyerhoff) Winter.
Willie graduated from Linn High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Phyllis Breen on Feb. 24, 1958, and she preceded him on March 5, 2014. Willie worked at Cloud Ceramics for 37 years before retiring in 1993 as the plant manager. After his retirement, he sold brick manufacturing equipment for JK Tooling & Machine and later drove cars for Babe-Houser Motor Co. in Concordia.
He was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church, American Legion Post No. 76 and a former member of Moose Lodge No. 1428 & Elks Lodge.
He is survived by three sons, Casey Winter (Teresa), Great Bend, John Winter and Mike Winter, both of Concordia; brothers-in-law, Ray Beikman and Reynold Schaaf, both of Linn; grandchildren, Angie Stoney (Jerred), Preston Winter, Stacy Winter and Lake Winter; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; his parents; a step-mother, Viola; a brother, Dean; and sisters, Muriel Beikman and Katherine Schaaf.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 3, at the Concordia Lutheran Church with Jim Winter officiating. Burial with Military honors by American Legion Post No. 76 & VFW Post No. 588 will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family greeting friends from 6-7 p.m., at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials to Concordia Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, visit

Funeral arrangements provided by
Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home*
325 W. 6th St., P.O. Box 606
Concordia, KS 66901
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 2, 2017