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Timothy L. Winkler

December 20, 1948March 29, 2021
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Timothy Lynn Winkler died on March 29, 2021 after a brave battle with cancer. He was born December 20, 1948 in Brazil, Indiana and raised in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1967 and enlisted in the US Army. He served active duty 1967-1976. He served in various military installations during his time in active duty, including Thailand during the Vietnam War, Okinawa, Japan, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and finally in Illesheim, Germany. He met and married his wife Jeanne in Bad Windsheim, Germany.

Upon returning to the United States, he attended and graduated from Norwalk Community College. He joined the 399th Civil Affairs Group, Army Reserve. In 1982 the 399th was deactivated and replaced by the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion Army Reserve. Tim was appointed Unit Administrator of the 411th and achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. He worked as Unit Administrator until his retirement in 2009.

During his years with the 411th he became known as “Uncle Timmy” and was a resource for the many troops the Battalion deployed to missions in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa for civil military operations. His commitment to his soldiers was exceptional, especially when they deployed overseas. His “kids'' and their family members always knew Uncle Timmy would take care of them no matter how many miles away they were.

Tim was active in local veteran’s organizations and widely known in the Danbury veteran community. In addition to serving as the Post Quartermaster of VFW Post 149, Tim served as District 1 CT VFW Commander (2003-04), as President of the Danbury Veteran Council of Veterans, and as a member of the Veterans Council Honor Guard. In his role as a member of the VFW he continued the tradition of service to country by supporting local veterans and their families. He was instrumental in establishing the VFW Post 149 Scholarship Fund.

Tim was an avid reader, history buff, collector, and traveler. He loved coffee, his recliner, his dogs, watching Nascar and historical documentaries, and most especially, rooting for the Giants. He enjoyed bus rides, tailgates, and seeing games with his friends George Holick, Ron Agard, and Jimbo Lalos at Giants Stadium. He cheered with extra glee everytime the Giants beat the Patriots, particularly in Super Bowl games.

He is survived by his best friend and beloved wife of 47 years Jeanne, daughter Jennifer, her husband Thomas Williamson, and three grandchildren, Asher, Phoebe, and Eleanor, daughter Lindsey and her husband Matthew Shaver and two grandchildren, Raleigh and Julian. He is also survived by his sister Rita Barker and brother Ron Winkler from Mountain Home, Arkansas and many nieces and nephews. His best furry friend Emily will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents John and Joyce Winkler, brother Donald, and his brother-in-law Larry Barker.

The family thanks the doctors, nurses, and staff at Praxair Cancer Center and Regional Hospice of Danbury. The family is eternally grateful to Ron and Christine Agard and Carleen Ybarra for their love and support.

A graveside burial with full military honors will be held at Wooster Cemetery in Danbury on Saturday April 10, 2021 at 11:00 am. All in attendance will need to wear masks. Following the service there will be a gathering of friends at the Veterans Memorial Armed Forces Reserve Center at 90 Wooster Heights Rd. in Danbury at 12:30 pm immediately following the burial services.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Raymond A. Walling VFW Post 149 Scholarship Fund, 5 Byron St., Danbury, CT 06810 or to Danbury Animal Welfare Society, 147 Grassy Plain St., Bethel, CT 06801.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Quinn Chastant

April 14, 2021

Tim, and I shared some unique times together at the Reserve Center on Eagle Rd. and I can not express how much I saw him work for the 411th, the Soldiers, and the Veterans. His heart was with his multiple familes, yes multiple. And he cared very much for his immediate family.
If I had kept track of everything Tim did for the Battalion, and the amount of time it kept him from home, well, he, Jeanne and the entirely family were undercompensated for his devotion to duty. Tim, you were more than a friend, you were a mentor, and protector. Those of us who knew you will not forget. On a final note, Helga's and later The Old Heidelberg Restuarants where a get place to get together. Rest well.

David Treadwell

April 6, 2021

To the family of Tim Winkler - The members and officers of the Danbury Exchange Club extend our sincerest condolences upon the passing of Tim. Our final salute goes out to Sgt. 1st Class Winkler, a fellow veteran and loyal supporter of all our club's veteran programs. - Dave Treadwell, Past Exchange Club President

John Wighton

April 3, 2021

Deepest condolences and prayers for the family. Rest In Peace, Tim! It has been a great honor in knowing you. - John

NARFE DANBURY CHAPTER 2069

April 1, 2021

Jeanne and Family,

We the members of NARFE Chapter 2069 have lost a great friend and member and a former Service Officer. Tim was a valuable asset to our organization. He will always be appreciated, and we thank him for all the work he has done.

EDWARD CARVALHO

April 1, 2021

DEEPEST CONDOLENCES & REGARDS TO THE FAMILY OF TIM, REST IN PEACE BIG GUY ...Edd

WILLIAM & JUDITH MCLEAN

April 1, 2021

Jeanne and Family,
We wish to convey our sincere condolences with the loss of Tim.
He was a good man and helped many people especially veterans.
He will always be remembered.

William Mcnamara

April 1, 2021

I'm very sad today, when I checked the news. I worked with Tim as Company Clerk, with 399th & 411th CA groups of Army Reserves, starting in 1977. Tim was a great person to work with, he would solve any problem, I will always cherish those memories, Prayers to family. .

Wayne Wolverton

March 30, 2021

My sincerest condolences to Tim's family and loved ones. I worked with Tim for several years as his IT counterpart with his headquarters. He was the consummate professional, always working on solutions to help the members of his unit. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who loved and cherished him.

Wayne Wolverton
Lincoln Park, NJ

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Tim and Jeanne 1974

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Tim enlisted in the US Army in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1967.

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Smirking from a very young age!

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