William Carl Weinkauf

Weinkauf, William Carl William Carl Weinkauf, a soldier, public servant, and education industry innovator, died Tuesday in Dallas. He was 75. Bill Weinkauf was born April 7, 1934 in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin to Carl Alfred and Erma Lueck Weinkauf. He graduated from Green Lake High School in Green Lake, WI and then graduated from Ripon College in Ripon, WI where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Following college Weinkauf answered the call of his country and joined the U.S. Army. For his outstanding service during the Korean War, he earned the rank of Major and also served as chief deputy for Armed Forces Assistance to Korea, a part of the U.S. military operation that built schools and orphanages for South Korea. Weinkauf's desire to help others extended past his military service as he joined the Free & Accepted Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star. He embraced the Mason's code to serve God and his fellow man, and was a Member of the John L. DeGrazier Masonic Lodge No. 1349; Past Worthy Patron and Endowed Member of John L. DeGrazier Eastern Star Chapter No. 881, Dallas, TX; a Member of the Prairie View Masonic Lodge No. 95, Ripon, WI; a 32° Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of Tokyo and Valley of Dallas; a Member of the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar of Georgia, and a Life Member of Hella Shrine Temple. Bill was recently honored for 50 years of service to Freemasonry. He was also a member of the Schreiber Memorial United Methodist Church. Professionally, Bill Weinkauf was Founder and President of IMCO, Inc., where he pioneered the use of catalogs for the educational market. Later he became CEO of Affluence Unlimited, Inc., a national leader of gifts for educators. He also served on the Board of the Directors of the National School Supply & Equipment Assn. Personally, Bill loved his family dearly, and he delighted in the successes of his three talented children. Friends and family members celebrate him as a friendly, engaging, modern day renaissance man who excelled at photography, possessed a beautiful baritone voice, and starred in many community productions including Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. For many years he was a featured soloist at Christmas Eve services where he brought tears with his version of O Holy Night. He also entertained often at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center and Eastern Star Functions. Weinkauf's big heart even extended to animals. He was heavily involved in animal rescue efforts, saving countless dogs and cats. Bill Weinkauf led a full, generous, and servant-hearted life. He leaves that legacy to his surviving family, which includes his wife of 21 years, Jean Boyne Weinkauf; his son Carl Weinkauf, wife Margaret and children Olivia, India and Piper; his daughter Mary Weinkauf Seno and her children Steven and Spencer; his son Don Weinkauf, wife Holly and children Madeline, Elijah and Roan; and his beloved dog, Quincy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, 2222 Welborn, Dallas, TX 75219 and Feral Friends, 14902 Preston Road, No. 404-930, Dallas, TX 75254. Visitation will be Friday, August 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 15th at Sparkman Hillcrest Chapel East Mausoleum

Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 14, 2009