James (Jim) Winkler, age 93, of Independence, Kansas died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at his home in Independence, Kansas.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the Webb & Rodrick Chapel with Harold Groth officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery under the direction of the Webb & Rodrick Chapel.
The family has suggested memorials to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the First Christian Church and contributions may be left at the Webb & Rodrick Chapel.
James (Jim) Winker was born July 6, 1922 in North Little Rock, Arkansas to Aubrey & Hettie Winkler. He grew up in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Jim entered in the United States Air Force in 1939 and served during World War II for two overseas tours with the 15th Air Force in North Africa and Italy. Recalled to Active Duty during the Korean War, stationed with the 15th Air Force Stratgetic Air Command, located at Selfridge Field, Mount Clemens, Michigan.
On July 3, 1943 Jim married Dorothy (Reider) Winkler, they made their home in Independence, Kansas. Dorothy preceded Jim in death in January of 1981. Jim was employed with Sinclair Crude Oil Co., and Atlantic Richfield Oil Co. for 35 years retiring in October of 1980 when he moved back to Independence from Dallas, Texas.
On July 8, 1985 Jim married Pauline (Hinman) Winkler. They made their home in Independence, Kansas. Jim was a member of the First Christian Church and of the Future Planners Sunday School Class. Served as a deacon and trustee of the Church and was a member of AARP Organization, a life member of the VFW and a member of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.
Survivors include his wife Pauline of the home; one daughter Janis Sue (James) Lockhart of Dallas, Texas; two granddaughters Lisa (Clint) Barker and Amanda Winkler; one great granddaughter Kelsey Barker; three great grandsons Brandon Barker, Nolan and Dillon Wise; and eight step children, Donna Hinman, Linda (Harold) Groth, Ronald(Linda) Hinman, Robert Hinman, Penny Kinnamon, Butch Hinman, Theresa (Tony) Hayes and Gina (George) Vincent. He was preceded in death by four brothers Lee, Floyd, Elzie and John Winkler and one sister, Flossie.