Winter, William F.
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1926-2012 William F. (Bill) Winter, of Douglas, AZ, passed away after a short illness on Oct 13, 2012. He was born in Watertown, WI in 1926 and, after graduation from the WELS Seminary, he & his bride traveled to Nigeria for a 10 yr WELS Mission. In 1965 the family moved to Douglas, where he accepted a call to minister at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church &, eventually, also Grace Ev. Lutheran Church in Warren, AZ. In appx. 1970 he retired from the ministry &, at age 80, fully retired, closing Cochise Group Insurance, a partnership with Jesus "Chuy" Escarcega. He was our father/grandfather/great-grandfather, an accomplished pianist, writer, humorist &, like our mother, our mentor & friend. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee, a daughter, Kandra, & a son, Bruce. He is survived by 2 daughters; Pamela (Brad) Stair, of Park Hall, MD, & Jaclyn (Jack) Geesey, of Phoenix; 4 grandchildren; Ellicia (Bill) McCraney, of Sierra Vista, Danielle (Jason) Maddalozzo, of Chandler, Seth (Danielle) Barcelo, of Douglas, & Stephanie (Jim) Vaughn, of Clovis, NM & 5 great-grandchildren; Trey & Amber McCraney, Kindra Vaughn & Chase & Ava Maddalozzo & 1 sister, Dorothy (Paul) Dunagan, of Williams, AZ.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30th, at Trinity Orthodox Lutheran Church, 4422 Snyder Blvd., Sierra Vista, with interment of his ashes at the Calvary Memorial Park Cemetery, in Douglas, following the service. In lieu of flowers, it was Mr. & Mrs. Winter's wishes that donations be made to the Douglas Assoc. for Retarded Citizens (DARC) or House of Hope in Douglas or to a charity of the person's choosing.
Any correspondence should be sent to the Winter home in Douglas, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 25, 2012