Winkel, Capt. Burt W.
Capt. Burt W. Winkel, age 84, of 4161 S. 14th Street, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at his home with his family beside him.
Born May 23, 1928 in Berlin, Wisconsin, Burt was the son of the late Alwin and Frieda Albrecht Winkel. After graduating from Berlin High School in 1946, he began working on iron ore carriers for U.S. Steel. On February 19, 1952, he married the love of his life, Mildred "Mickey" Edler. He continued to sail the Great Lakes for a total of 44 years, working on 33 different freighters, and serving as captain on 19 of them.
In the winter months when he was home, he was an avid bowler, bowling a 300 game in 2000. After retiring, he and Mickey enjoyed traveling through the country as well as abroad. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church for 60 years, and a proud member of the Sheboygan Elk's Lodge #299 for 50 years where he was the Elk of the Year in 1993 and a Honorary Founder in the Elk's National Foundation.
He is survived by his three children, Ann Morrow, Mukwonago, WI, Will (Mary) Winkel, Auburn, CA, and Barbara Winkel, Baldwinsville, NY; and four grandchildren, Patrick Morrow, Milwaukee, Molly Morrow, Grafton, Brett Winkel, Sacramento, CA, and Mark Winkel, Owing Mills, MD. He is also survived by two nieces, one nephew, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mickey; brother, John Winkel; sister, Ruth Clark; and a son-in-law, Wayne Morrow.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 2104 Geele Avenue. The Rev. Diane Loberger, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, will officiate. Relatives and friends are welcome at the Lippert-Olson Funeral Home, 1132 Superior Avenue, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with the Elk's Memorial Service to be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue again at the church on Wednesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Entombment will be in Gardens of Peace Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.
The Lippert-Olson Funeral Home has been entrusted with Burt's arrangements.
Published in Sheboygan Press on Apr. 19, 2013