Arthur H. Winkler
Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Jul 01, 1922
Died on Apr 07, 2018 and resided in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Arthur Herman Winkler, age 95, died peacefully, from complications of pneumonia, Type B flu and a weakened heart, on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St. Nicholas hospital in Sheboygan, WI. He is survived by his loving wife, Leona Alda Winkler (Sikorski), his daughter, Karen Nelson, of Arlington, VA; three sisters-in-law, Agnes Sikorski, of Columbia Station, OH, Dorothy Fuhrman, of East Pointe, MI, Grace Winkler, of Sheboygan, WI; numerous nephews, nieces and extended family in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Florida. He is predeceased by his daughter Mary Ellen, his brother Karl and his two brothers-in-law, Erwin Sikorski and Ron Fuhrman, his parents were Gustav and Meta (Sass) Winkler. He was born on July 1, 1922.
He attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was the third generation of his family to attend Bethlehem school. He sang in the church choir for sixty-six years. He was an elder for many years and held various church offices. He graduated from Central High School in Sheboygan where he also learned to play the violin. He was a talented musician and played with the Sheboygan Orchestra for many years.
After high school, during WWII he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He passed the enlistment tests and began training on B-17s with the 283rd Bomb Squadron and flew thirty-five European missions with the 429th Squadron, 2nd Bombardment Group (Heavy), based in Amendola, Italy. His position was flight engineer and upper turret gunner. Among his many missions were the Ploesti bombings and the return flights for prisoners of war. For forty years, first he and his wife and, later, daughter Karen, attended the annual reunions of both squadrons, which were held in various cities throughout the United States. He was a voracious reader of history, especially that related to the Second World War and aviation.
After the war, he trained and worked as a skilled upholsterer at Thonet and later at Rway.
He loved to fly and see new places. He, his wife, his two brothers-and-sisters-in-law, traveled to Alaska, throughout Caribbean and Israel. They also took annual weekend trips to locations in the Midwest. He and his wife traveled to Europe, particularly for Johann Sebastian Bach's 500th anniversary. He, his wife and daughter traveled to the Panama Canal and throughout the United States.
After he retired, he was an active participant in yearly vacation Bible school programs. He and his wife were partners in reading, for younger children, at Bethlehem school, for many, many years. He spent considerable time helping with small and large renovation projects at the church and school.
He will be greatly missed. He loved God, his family and his country. He was kind and caring to all he met. He always put the other person first. He will live eternally in God's loving care.
A funeral service for Arthur will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1121 Georgia Ave., Sheboygan Rev. Alan D. Kubow and Rev. Adam Barkley officiating. Family and friends may gather at the Church on Wednesday morning from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place at the Lutheran Cemetery.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com
Funeral Service: Wednesday Apr 11, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Visitation: Wednesday Apr 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
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