Richard D. Wintenburg
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Richard D. Wintenburg, 63, died Friday, September 13 - surrounded by family at Halifax Hospital - following a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Born in Sayre, Penn., his family moved to Wayne, N.J. before finally relocating to Jacksonville, Fla. A graduate of Paxon High School, Wintenburg served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves for 11 years before transferring to the U.S. Army Reserves for another 14 years. The Vietnam veteran attended North Florida Junior College. He then graduated from the University of West Florida, where he met his future wife, Margaret. He served as a brother and president of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and president of the Inter-Greek Council at UWF. Richard also worked in Stuart, Fla., at Goodyear Tire Company for a decade before managing St. Lucie Battery & Tire and serving in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The Wintenburg family moved to Port Orange in 1994, and Richard suffered a debilitating stroke the following year. His resulting handicap served as inspiration; he returned to Halifax Hospital to volunteer for the next 17 years and as Treasurer of Halifax Health Auxiliary. He was also a dedicated Boy Scout Troop Leader and advocate for scouts across Florida. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, college football, craft beers, cruise vacations and pinochle - and provided regular weather reports to loved ones. He took the most pride in his family and was a selfless man who touched many lives. Visitation services will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, at Lohman Funeral Home at 1201 Dunlawton Avenue Port Orange, FL 32127. A memorial service will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Boy Scouts of America, Central Florida Council at 1951 South Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 102, Apopka, FL 32703; or Academy of Information Technology and Robotics of Spruce Creek High School at 801 Taylor Road, Port Orange, FL 32127. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Derrill and Helen Wintenburg. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Margaret (née McPadden); son, Adam and his wife Stephanie - expecting their first child, Allison - of Tampa; daughter, Amanda, of New York City; sister, Merlyn Roy and her husband Richard, of Mount Dora; and many loving friends and family members. He was a tough SOB who will be dearly missed. Condolences may be shared with his family at

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Sep. 15, 2013.
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September 9, 2019
Once more remembering Richard and his family on this first anniversary of his passing! May the wonderful memories outweigh the sadness. Blessings and prayers to all.
Carol Taylor
December 30, 2013
Just seeing this! Condolences to the family and friends of a fellow Paxon High School alumni! Richard left a wonderful legacy and another Eagle has soared to new heights. God Bless all his family and loved ones!!!
Carol Taylor
September 18, 2013
Farewell to our fellow Fox..."May the great Scoutmaster, of all Scouts, be with us until we meet again."
Diane and Jack Clow
September 17, 2013
Dear Mr. Wintenburg, you will truly be missed by many! I was sadden by the news of Ricks passing. It's not often you meet a person who has touched so many lives in a very positive way. I will forever be thankful my sons were able to have such a great experienced Scoutmaster, the last few years they were boy scouts. My deepest condolences, prayers are with the Wintenburg family. May it comfort your hearts in knowing Rick is now resting with our Good Lord; hopefully not being too "grumpy" with the Great One.
Sally Lopis-Holzmann
September 17, 2013
May SSG Wintenberg be dancing with the angels. I'm so very sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family.
Anne Miller
September 17, 2013
Margaret, Adam, Amanda and families; Merlyn and Richard,
Aunt Jo called to let me know of Richard's passing- it does not seem possible. I know that he was struggling, and that he wanted to be there for his first grand-baby- but we know he will be there in any event.
Dad (your Uncle Keith) often shared your letters and pictures- always smiling broadly as he did so as he was very proud of you all. I wish that I had been able to visit over the years, but as most of us- our lives simply run past so fast that we don't realize how much of it has elapsed- until some one of us leaves.
My interactive memories of Richard stopped when we were all so much younger- when Grandma and Grandpa Wintenburg passed back in 1970-but I do remember the visits in New Jersey- eating at Grandma Coco's, the longer trips to Florida when we got to visit everyone, and the times we walked and talked on the beach- just kids really, but family none the less.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers- be gentle with yourselves, and know that he could not have loved any of you more- it would not have been possible.
Edith(and Martin) Laux (nee Wintenburg)
September 17, 2013
Margaret, Adam and Amanda: Our Rusty Cir family has suffered another great loss. We are here for all of you. His legacy will be with you forever.
Carole and Paul Thomas
September 17, 2013
Rest well, Big Rick. Put in a good word up there for the rest of us. :-(
September 17, 2013
So sad to hear of a loss of a long time Tomokian and "Brother". Your memories will live on for a lifetime. I believe he lived out that "Dash" fully. You were a great friend and leader, Campmaster and Tomokian. You gave back to Scouting in so many ways. You will be remembered for all you did. Even though we lost a dear friend we gain another angel to watch over us.

"May the great Scoutmaster, of all Scouts, be with us until we meet again."
RIP Rick, "Mr. Wintenburg" You will be missed...
Tim Lauxman
September 17, 2013
Rick, you were an inspiration to all of us who served with you in the Army Reserves. I know you will be greatly missed.
John Ellis
September 17, 2013
Rick you are with God now, no more pain. Just serve him well and he will take care of your love ones. I love you big buddy and I will never forget you, and all the good times we had. Take care family Rick's in a better place now.
Hosea Pierce
September 17, 2013
My condolences.
Johnny Floyd
September 17, 2013
Rick, we will all miss you. You were so full of life and such an awesome mentor to the soldiers in the Army. You always thought of others and did the right thing. RIP buddy till we all meet again on the other side.
darla goudey
September 16, 2013
We were saddened to hear of Richard's illness and passing. May he rest in peace.
John Wintenburg
September 16, 2013
Sorry for your loss Margaret. He sounds like "one hell of a good guy." Wish I had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace and may your family find the strength to move forward in his memory. God bless all of you.
Maureen Duzs
September 15, 2013
Richard "Rick" I will never forget all the laughs we shared and times we had at camp. I love you like family and will always have you in my heart! May you rest in peace, I know you will watch over everyone. Prayers to all family and friends!
Meagan Kern
September 15, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to you all... May you rest in the knowledge of The One who holds Rick close and is watching in love... Until we meet again...Love Fred and Donna Wittke
Fred and Donna Wittke
September 15, 2013
Rest in peace my friend! You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the Wintenburg family!
Glenn Jones
September 15, 2013
Rick was our friend and now he is our Angel Rest in Peace Brother Jerry Gail & Glenn?????
Jerry Gail & Glenn Jones
September 15, 2013
Rest in Peace Richard. You were a wonderful man. My prayers are with the family. Know that you now have a guarian angels watching over you.
Eleanor Yelvington
September 15, 2013
You and your family are in my thoughts. Rest peacefully.
Cory Gindlesperger
September 15, 2013
He was such a wonderful mentor to so many scouts. He will be missed by many! Prayers to his entire family!
Kimberly Pomar
September 15, 2013
We are so very sorry to hear about Rick's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Please know that Rick had a tremendous amount of positive influence on the lives of the young men in scouting. He was a great role model and will never be forgotten!
Joanne Powell
September 15, 2013
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Lilly & Bryan Bruno
September 15, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will miss Rick at camp and all the camp functions. Thank you all for sharing him all these years.
Kathy LaBar
September 15, 2013
Rick was a great friend and Mentor, not only to the youth but to new adult leaders. I will never forget what Rick said to me when I first became a Scoutmaster.

He touched the patch on my shoulder looked me in the eye and said, "That is the most important patch in Scouting."

If I ever had a question I knew that I could get the answer from Rick. Thank you all for sharing him with us.
Bob Preis
September 15, 2013
Margaret, Adam, Amanda and family, You are in my prayers
Cathy L
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