Drew Winkler, age 26, of Crestview, died Monday, May 30, 2016, Memorial Day, after losing his long 5 year battle with PTSD. He took his life after being unable to continue fighting "these demons in my head every day and they are winning." He was just 1 of 22 Veterans suffering from PTSD each day who take their own lives when they can fight no more.
Most importantly, he was a loving father, caring son, loyal and trusted brother, and selfless friend. His was a life lost far too soon.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Billy and Mary Jane Winkler, and grandfather, Paul Bramble.
Drew is survived by his parents, Rick and Rebecca Winkler; sons, Christian and Caydan; friend, love and children's mother, Jamie Custer; brothers, Corey Winkler (wife, Irmma), and Craig Winkler (girlfriend, Anissa Thompson); and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A gathering to celebrate Drew's life will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, at Crosspoint, South Crestview, 2250 P J Adams Pkwy, Crestview, FL 32536. Please join Drew's family in sharing memories of this wonderful man. Casual attire please!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the GoFundMe on his Facebook page, or PayPal account – [email protected]
or Coastal Bank and Trust Acct# 1008407353, routing No. 063208140
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com
Published by Northwest Florida Daily News from Jun. 3 to Jun. 4, 2016.