Cody Anthony Winkler
October 22, 1993 – September 6, 2019
Cody Anthony Winkler slipped away in the presence of the Lord at age 25, on Friday, September 6, 2019.
Cody was born to Deborah Adams and Richard “Andy” Winkler on October 22, 1993 in Alexandria, VA.
When he was young, he was known as his parent’s tender-hearted child. Cody had a very special and irreplaceable relationship with each of his brothers and sisters.
He met Ashley Osgood in middle school, when they were just 14 years old. They had a long-standing relationship and were blessed with their precious daughter, Emily, who was their greatest love. Cody felt like he was part of Ashley’s family; he loved them very much.
Cody graduated Phoebus High School in 2011 and was excited to start his career at Newport News Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School in 2013, where he earned his Associates degree in Engineering in 2018. He was passionate about the classes he was taking to advance his degree and planned to pursue his master’s degree. We loved seeing how the hard school work just seemed to click for Cody. He was currently working a rotation as a Construction Supervisor where he met and became friends with many wonderful people.
He had a great host of friends from high school and the Apprentice School that meant so much to him; he loved having fun and spending time with them. Cody joins his Uncle John Gretten, Aunt Peggy Huerta, and Grandfather Charles Locklear in Heaven.
Left to cherish his memory are, his sweet daughter, Emily Shea Winkler and her mother Ashley Osgood, his mother and second dad Deborah and Mark Adams, father Richard Winkler, brothers Joshua Winkler (Aleksandra), Cameron Winkler, Benjamin and Aaron Grehan, sisters Amanda Shea Johnson (Jordan), Grace Sandhofer-Adams, and Madeline Adams, uncles David Gretten (Melissa), Tim Locklear (Mary Rose), Tim Rice (Joyce), Jimmy Winkler (Christy), Robert Winkler (Cindy), Wally Winkler (Gina), Mark Winkler, and aunts, Carole Knopp (David), Jennifer Hunt (Hollie), Sabrina Williamson, Valerie Fee (John), Ann Aubert (Ron), Corlee Winkler, in addition to his nephews Mace and Nicholas Winkler and niece Stoney Shea Katheryn Johnson. He also leaves his maternal grandparents Betty Gretten and David Gretten, paternal grandparents Dorothy Gibson and Robert Winkler, Sr., and a countless number of cousins and extended family that he loved so much.
Cody found himself at a moment of weakness, coupled we believe, with side effects from his medication and chose to end his life. For those who knew him, they know that this was not in Cody’s nature. Cody was quiet, fun-loving, polite, respectful, generous, and was a hard worker.
The family will receive friends at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 with a service immediately following at 5:00 pm, at Liberty Baptist Church, 1021 Big Bethel Rd, Hampton, Entrance B. In lieu of flowers, please pray for Cody’s family and friends.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
- Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
- Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Cody Anthony Winkler
September 13, 2019
Mrs. Adam's, I never had the honor of meeting your Cody, however, I've had the pleasure of briefly meeting you. Today, at your appointment, you graciously shared your story of your beautiful Cody; I can still feel your pain & heartache. I am truly sorry for your family's loss...I am sincerely deepened with condolences to you. May your find solace knowing your son, Cody, will still forever be within you.
September 11, 2019
Dear Winkler Family,
I've only recently joined ODU as a faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and am devastated to learn about Cody's untimely departure. At the beginning of the semester, he initiated an email conversation with me to know about the course and the textbook. These were his last words in his email when I challenged him to showcase his credibility:
Thank you for your help, and I accept the challenge. Looking forward to a great semester.
Cody Winkler (E06/X78)
In just a couple of days, he made a lasting impression and left us all. I'm deeply saddened and praying that God gives you the strength to cope with this loss.
September 11, 2019
Cody was a great worker who would help you out with no questions asked. The one memory that will always stick with me is when I saw Cody handing out freeze pops on main deck of the USS Ford and on pier 3. Even if you just had one, he'd give you another to make sure that you'd stay hydrated. That's the kind of person I saw in Cody. A fun, loving, giving, and caring type of person.
You will be missed by all those that knew you.
September 11, 2019
Cody. You will certainly be missed. What a beautiful spirited person. Praying for your family🙏🏾.
September 10, 2019
Cody aka "Wink-man" was a breath of fresh air and a heartwarming face to see at work. The very first day I met him, all I could say was "Dang man, you got a smile on you sunshine." He was literally smiling everyday he came on the job to check up on progress and the people working with him on a project. He was a huge motivator for me personally, and he always showed his appreciation for what others did for him and with him. He was one of the few people I had no problems looking out for when he had requests for anything. Everyday I told him he was the man because he deserved to hear it. There's so much more I could say to celebrate the memories and impact he had on me during the time I knew him, but I'd end up doing it injustice. He's done more for plenty of folks that he may not have even realized. Many blessings to the family and a heavy prayer for a peaceful rest Cody.