Richard Ned Winders, AKA "Deadly Nedly" or "#1 Fisherman" was born in Houston in 1934, to Nena Owen and Richard Winders. He is survived by his two sisters, Rebecca and Jane, along with his daughter Rachel Anderson, son Richard Winders, and three grandchildren. His desire for knowledge, discovery, adventure and good living, fueled his zest for life. At the age of 29, Ned salvaged and rebuilt a 40ft ketch in 61' after Hurricane Carla. He took his 'can do anything' attitude and learned to navigate by the stars, leaving Seabrook to explore the Caribbean and Atlantic as a lone sailor. Working as a marine mechanic, charter boat captain and all around pirate, he met his only wife Nancy, married, raised two children and 'lived the dream' in the Virgin Islands during the 60's and 70's. To give his children a better future, Ned transitioned back to Houston to become the Senior Environmental Scientist for Rollins Environmental Services, managing clean up of several EPA SuperFund sites where his patented machines disposed of hazardous waste. After retiring, Ned started his own marine business, installing an invented product for bay boats known as the Nedski foil, helping fisherman all up and down the Gulf Coast run better in shallow water. He was a man who never held back, good or bad, and led himself into spots, ordinary men never wanted to go... He loved to entertain his friends, cook gourmet meals using ingredients from his garden and bounty of the bay, fix their cars/boats/tractors, or fire his full scale bronze cannon packed with gun powder on the 4th of July. Ned was known as a 'Break glass in Case of Emergency' person by friends in need. He passed away peacefully in his home this Wednesday. A one of a kind man, remembered by many for his verve in life.
Please join friends and family for a memorial service, to celebrate his life at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr. (FM 518), Friendswood, TX 77546 on Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 at 2:00 P.M.
Condolences may be sent to the Winders family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.