Herrin- Robert W. Wink Winkler, 78, of Herrin, died at 1:50 PM, Thanksgiving Day, in the presence of his loved ones, at Herrin Hospital.
Mr. Winkler was born on September 12, 1925 in Macon, MO to Marion & Eula (Vestal) Winkler. He married Shirley M. Boyt on October 18, 1947 in Herrin. They were married fifty-six years.
Robert was a WWII Navy Veteran. He worked as a plumber/pipe fitter for local #551 in West Frankfort prior to his retirement. Before that he was owner operator of Winker Plumbing in Herrin. In his spare time, he loved spending time with his kids and great grandkids. He was a family man and enjoyed woodworking and his pet dogs. Robert was of Baptist Faith.
Wife- Shirley M. Winkler- Herrin
Daughter- Kaye Miller- Herrin
Daughter- Tammie Winkler- Herrin
Tracy Brandon- Marion
Nikki Rishel & husband Michael- De Soto
Lauren Reynolds- Herrin
Clayton Lacy- Herrin
Robbie Winkler, Jr.- New York
Sarah Winkler- New York
Six Great Grandchildren:
Brandon & Hunter Rishel- DeSoto
Alex McRoy- Herrin
Christian Brandon- Johnston City
Sydney Winkler- New York
William Beatrus- New York
Sister- Marian Hayes- Westminster, Co
Many nieces & nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons; Michael J. & Robbie R. Winkler, one sister; Ethelyn Dugger, son in law; Bill Miller, and family dogs; Johnny & Buffy.
As per the families wishes, his body was cremated, and private family services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register; please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.