COLLINS, DR. WINTER HOWE, 88, of Louisville, KY, passed peacefully Sunday, May 12, 2013. Winter was a loving father, grandfather, spouse, life partner and neighbor who had a thriving dental practice in West Louisville for thirty years. He was born July 16, 1925 in Poplar Plains, Kentucky and raised in Flemingsburg, KY. Predeceasing him, his parent's Dana and Aline Clarke Collins; brother, Master Sargent Harold A. Collins; uncle Edward and aunt Wilma Clarke Andrews; former wife, Virginia Roberson Collins Burbank; and life partner of 28 years, Nancy Creal Burke.
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He is survived by his daughter, Wynter Reneaux Collins; grandsons, Winter Robertson Clarke Collins and Taylor-Davis Collins; and nieces, Beth Williams of Knoxville, TN, and Jane Earl Elliott of Pineville, KY. He was also a father figure to Kathryn Fahy (Katie) Burke, Walter Michael Lay, Jessica Rapp Torbin, Andrew (Drew) Robert Torbin, Kimberly (Kim) Creal Rapp, Jonathan Lee Hartson, Daniel (Dan) F. Burke Jr., Karen Tutwiler Burke, Christopher (Chris) Taylor Burke, Kelly Gail Burke, Stephanie Burke Medley, Michael David Medley, Victoria Stuart (Torie) Burke and a friend to Cynthia Kasten.
Winter drove a tank in the Rhineland Ardennes campaign during World War II, survived The Battle of the Bulge, served under General Patton and was one of the first American soldiers to liberate Paris. He served in the Western Theater Operations of the Korean War in Dover, England. He closed his dental practice to serve in Vietnam but his orders were rescinded. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the KY Air Force National Reserves. He was given the 20 Year Distinguished Service Award in the Military Force of the US and KY National Guards.
He graduated with a BS from the University of Kentucky in 1951 and the University of Louisville Dental School in 1959. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa/Deutson Chapter fraternity.
Winter was a cofounder of Delta Dental Plan of KY, served on its Board of Directors from 1977 to 1997 and as Chairman of the Board from 1985 to 1988. He was President of the Louisville Dental Society in 1980. In 2009, he received the KY Dental Association's 50-Year Service Award.
He was an avid fisherman, outdoors man, horseman, wood worker and artist but his passions were family and dentistry. Winter was also the owner and supporter of American Saddlebred horses which his daughter still shows.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 3-7 p.m. at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane. Burial with military honors will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery, Monday, May 27, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Friends should gather at the Broadway Entrance of Cave Hill Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Midlane Farm, the home of Chas and Kim Stephens, 2834 Hikes Lane, Louisville, KY, immediately following the burial at 4 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to M.D. Anderson Hospital Cancer Center for Breast Cancer Research, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486, www.mdanderson.org/gifts.
Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane Louisville, KY 40207
Published in The Courier-Journal from May 18 to May 20, 2013