Daniel James Winter

October 18, 1946April 12, 2019

Daniel James Winter, 72, of Colorado Springs, CO joined his Lord in Heaven on April 12, 2019.

Dan was born on October 18, 1946 in Saginaw, MI to Carl and Sophia (Lacko) Winter. He was the second of four siblings. Dan was baptized and confirmed at Zion of Iva Lutheran Church in Hemlock, MI and had been a long time member of First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.

Dan graduated from Hemlock High School in 1964 where he played football, basketball and golf. He followed his older brother to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in 1968 and went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah in 1973. Dan was honorably discharged from the Army as a Major after 10 years of service. After the military, he worked for United Technologies and then Honeywell before joining Classic Homes Real Estate Development as Vice President of Sales and Marketing until his retirement. His military service and later career moved Dan and his family around the world including Germany and Belgium, and to several states.

Dan had a servant's heart and gave to the community in many ways. He was the current Board Chair of Community Bible Study, Vice Chair of Hope and Home, Past Board Member of Pikes Peak United Way, Past Board Member of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, served on the Board of the Energy Resource Center and as a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church.

On June 8, 1969 Dan married Patricia Ann Smith at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs. Dan cherished his time with family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, golf, gardening and good food and wine. He will be remembered as a loving and hard-working husband, a compassionate and wise father, the best Papa ever to his grandchildren, and a faithful friend to all that had the privilege of knowing and working with him. Above all, Dan will be known as a man of God.

Dan is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 50 years Patty; two daughters, Kerri (Brian) Scherer of Winston-Salem, NC and Erin (David) Dettoni of Munich, Germany; four grandchildren Sophia and Ava Claire Scherer, and Ryleigh and Grayson Dettoni; brother Chuck (Shelly) Winter USAFA '72 of Colorado Springs and sister Mary Douglas of Oscoda, MI, and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents Carl J. and Sophia Winter and his older brother Carl J. preceded him in death.

The family will receive visitors during a viewing at Swan Law Funeral Directors on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 5pm. Memorial services will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday April 18, 2019 at 11am. Dan will be laid to rest at West Point Cemetery on June 12, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dan's honor may be made to Community Bible Study, 790 Stout Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3802.


  • Community Bible Study


12 June

Committal Service

10:00 am

West Point Cemetery

329 Washington Rd
West Point, NY 10996


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 18, 2019

Daniel James Winter

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Diane Howard

April 18, 2019

I did not know Mr. Winter personally, but I heard him speak at the CBS TD conference earlier this year. All of you are in the thoughts and prayers of the Mansfield, Ohio, evening class. May the Lord wrap you in His loving arms and give you His peace in the days and months to come.

Paul Joseph

April 17, 2019

Patty & Family,

Claire & I wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear of Dan's passing. We both recall the very happy times that we shared together during our assignment with you and several other classmates at the Advanced Course in Indianapolis and the long lasting friendships we developed there. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers!

With great affection,

Paul & Claire Joseph

Dale Wolfgram

April 17, 2019

Dan was Carl’s brother and Carl was my best friend beginning in grade nine at HHS. Our mother’s knew each other well back on the farms where they grew up in Hemlock area. (Watson Road and Raucholz Road).
I often visited Carl’s home and thus got to know Dan, Chuck, and Mary. My brother Paul and Dan also became friends.
There are more ties between our families for sure. I am so thankful the Winter family invited me to join them at Dan’s nephew Chris’ home in Grand Blanc, MI on July 4th, 2015. Now that gathering becomes even more poignant in my memory.
Dan was a true Winter as described in his obituary. What a wonderful family I was blessed to know. May you all find strength through your faith and the knowledge there are MANY who have been blessed by Dan’s touch on their lives.
Dale F. Wolfgram
Grand Blanc, Michigan

Carol M. Dettoni

April 17, 2019

John and I send our love and prayers for Patty, Erin, and Kerri and their families. We are shocked and so saddened by Dan's untimely death. It's been very hard to believe that the Lord took him home so early (from our perspective!) He was such a wonderful man of God, an example of faith and a life of service, well lived.

We have special memories of being with our grandchildren's "Papa". We're so grateful for a special lunch together with Dan and Patty just a few days ago. God's amazing timing.

Our family will miss Dan. We wish we could be at the service to remember him and mourn with you, but that is not possible.

May the God of peace and comfort be with each one of you. We look forward to being with Dan again in our heavenly home, glorifying the Lord together! In the meantime, know that we are praying for you lots and lots!

Love from Carol and John Dettoni