BERDEL EDWIN WINKE
MARCH 30, 1925 - NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Berdel Edwin (Del) Winke, 89 years old, was born March 30, 1925 in San Diego, California to Dorothy Marie (Berdel) Winke and Edwin Holter Winke. He was preceded in death by both parents.
Berdel is survived by his wife of fifty years, Dorothy Candlish Winke and three daughters, Rena Cecelia Childs-Weatherford and her husband Keith Weatherford of Modesto, Kara Lynn-Marie Winke of Vancouver, WA and Laura Louise Morgan of Mukilteo, WA. Three grandchildren, Laura Lynn Childs and Paul Matthew Childs of Modesto and Jade Elise Morgan of Mukilteo, WA. Five great grandchildren, Willow Paige Sedore, Tristen Wade Scott, Eric Richard Scott, Raelyn Marie Scott and Joeb Matthew Childs, all of Modesto.
Berdel graduated from Hoover High School in San Diego in January of 1944 and immediately joined the Marine Corps. He served as gunner and mechanic with the Marine 3rd Air Wing in the South Pacific. He was stationed in Hawaii and aboard the air craft carriers USS Hancock and USS Franklin.
After discharge in 1946 he went to college for two years and then to work for Electrical Supplies Distributors in San Diego until 1964. He then worked with Bryant Electric as a manufactures representative, until moving to Modesto in 1966 to operate Winke's Liquors in Ceres and Sav-On Liquors on Paradise Road in Modesto. In 1978 the family moved to Vancouver, WA. where Del worked for Consolidated Electrical Distributors of Portland, OR. Later he was the manager of the CED Vancouver store. After his retirement in 1990, he and Dorothy moved back to Modesto. Berdel had a mischievous sense of humor, a quick wit and a nickname for just about everyone. He treasured his friends and kept in touch with his high school chums till they passed. He called favored ex co-workers on their birthdays even after twenty five years of retirement. Del had the pleasure of attending his 70th high school reunion in September.
His interests included camping, hunting, fishing, bowling, soft ball and traveling. Berdel particularly enjoyed twice touring in Alaska and the Yukon and a three week stay in Washington D.C. visiting all the museums and the World War 11 Memorial. Several trips with a 5th Wheel trailer covered most of the states west of the Mississippi, he was especially fond of the red rock country of the Southwest.
Berdel was a former member of the Modesto Elks Lodge and SIRS.
As per his wishes, there will not be a funeral, a 'celebration of life' will be held at a later date.. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Assoc.
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Published by Modesto Bee on Nov. 9, 2014.