Charles R. Winkler
Woodlawn Funeral Home
7750 West Cermak Road
Forest Park, IL
Honorable Charles R. Winkler, 86, retired judge of the Cook County circuit court and Veteran, passed away in his home Sat. Oct. 2, surrounded by his loving wife Connie [nee Trumbull Wolf] and family members.

Born Jan. 12, 1935, to the late Charles and Teresa Winkler, he was a long time resident of Chicago, Riverside, and River Forest. A graduate of St. Mell's High School, Loyola University, and Depaul University, School of Law.

Charles served his country, 1958 - 1964 in the US Army as well as the Illinois National Guard.

He had a lifelong and prestigious career starting in 1960 till his retirement as a judge in 2011. During that time, he was a partner in multiple practices as well as serving as President to the West Suburban Bar Association. Throughout his career he authored many articles and published in legal journals.

Charles was an avid traveler, including spending time at his condo in Acapulco, Mexico where he vacationed for over 50 years. During his time there he authored 3 travel editions of "The Gringo's Guide to Acapulco" where he was affectionately known as 'Carlos'.

Charles is the father of Chuck and Michael (Wendy). Step-father of Jimmy (Dana) and Bradley (Jenny) Trumbull. Proud Papa Charlie of Grant and Cameron Winkler, Grandpa Chuck of Nicole and Amanda Trumbull. Brother to Bill & Clarice and James & Carol Winkler. Brother-in-law to Helen and the late Michael McGovern. Cherished uncle and dear to cousins and friends.

In Lieu of flowers please send donations to the Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago Scholarship Fund, Attn: Christopher Novak, 15 Salt Creek Lane, Suite 103, Hinsdale, IL 60521.

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Oct. 6, 2021.
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Funeral service
9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.
Woodlawn Funeral Home
7750 West Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL
Funeral Mass
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. Vincent Ferrer Parish
1530 Jackson Avenue, River Forest, IL
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Dear Family: Chuck & I were classmates at DePaul Law School. What a nice guy! Always with a smile on his face. We crossed paths many times in the practice of law, & it was there that he told me about his Gringo Guide. Very amusing. But it was when he became a judge that I got to know him best. Honest, fair, polite, full of integrity. Those were just some of his judicial qualities. I hadn´t seen him since I retired in 2005., but I will always have fond memories of him. For some reason he also called me me Howie, a name only previously reserved to one of my dear aunts. He will be missed. May his memory forever be a blessing. With warmest regards
Howard Goffen
October 7, 2021
John has been in the hospital after suffering a slight stroke and seizure. Unfortunately we cannot be with you and family at Wake or Mass. all of you are in our prayers. Charlie was a wonderful friend. God Bless all. Joan Grogan
John and Joan Grogan
October 7, 2021
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