People’s Funeral Chapel

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Rainer Otto Winckelmann

November 29, 1950May 10, 2020

Rainer Otto Winckelmann (known to most as Wink Winckelmann) passed away from complications due to end stage pancreatic cancer on May 10, 2020 at his home in Hanford, California.

Funeral services will be held as soon as the Covid Pandemic Quarantine allows for a traditional funeral service at the cemetery with full military honors.

Rainer was born to Herbert and Eleonore Winckelmann on November 29, 1950 in Munich, Germany. When he was one, he moved to the United States. He lived most of his childhood in Waveland, Mississippi. When he was 19 years old, he joined the Navy. Rainer was in the Vietnam war and served on the Midway. He finished his 4 years of service and continued to work in civil service in the weapons department as the ESO (Explosives Safety Officer) in Alameda and Lemoore California for 42 years. He also was an umpire and the Deputy Umpire in Charge for the Central California Softball Association. He loved umpiring and enjoyed this job and hobby for over 40 years.

Rainer is survived by Karen Winckelmann (spouse), daughters Jamie (Winckelmann) Dugo and Jodie (Winckelmann) Brandon, Son In Laws Brian Dugo and Dave Brandon and grandchildren Carlie Winckelmann, Jacob Dugo, Bailey Dugo, Brittany Dugo, Brooklyn Dugo, Joseph Otto Dugo, Brylee Dugo, Cody Brandon, and Jordan Rainer Dugo. He is also survived by his sister Ulrike (Winckelmann) O'neal, nephews Kenny O'neal, Dustin O'neal, and Marshall Thomas, and nieces Lisa (O'neal) Thomas, Lanetta O'neal, and Missy O'Neal

Rainer is preceded in death by his son Jason Otto Winckelmann, father Herbert Winckelmann, mothers Eleonore Winckelmann and Eva Winckelmann, and brother in law David O'neal.

Loved ones would like to give a heartfelt thank you to GOD, family, and friends for all the support through these sad times. Rainer (Wink) Winckelmann leaves amazing memories in so many hearts and is deeply missed.


  • Services to be held at a later date


Rainer Otto Winckelmann

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Tom Woodland

June 3, 2020

To the Winckelmann Family, sending or condolences and very sorry for your loss. When speaking to Wink, he was so proud of every member of his family and loved each of you.
Wink was a great football official and was on his crew for a few years. Wink helped mold me as a football official and am thankful for his leadership and time he put in.
Thank you Wink and thank you to the family for sharing Wink with us. RIP brother.

Cheryl Santos

May 30, 2020

So sorry for your loss. He refereed lots of my sons basketball games.

Micheal Phelps

May 27, 2020

So very sorry for your loss Karen and Family. May the Good Lord be with you during your time of sorrow.
I first met Wink at NAS Alameda when he would come out to the noontime softball games that the Weapons Department were playing in. I was an umpire and he use to holler at us about some of the calls we made. So after a game one day I talked with him and told him if he thought it was so easy to umpire come on out and learn to be an umpire. The following year he came to our umpire clinic on base and as they say the rest is history! Wink became a very good umpire and we hated his loss when he transferred to Lemoore. As most of you know he went on to umpire many ASA softball games and became a leader in his field.
Wink and I continued to be friend's and he came up to NAS Alameda for my retirement in 1995. That was the last time I got to see him and Karen in real life, but him and I were friend's on Facebook and we emailed back and forth ever since so I got to see pictures and loved all the stuff he would email.
He was a great man with a wonderful Family that will be truly missed by everyone he ever came in contact with.

Cindy Atherton

May 27, 2020

May the Lord give you His ultimate peace the peace that passes understanding during this time. Wink, was true and honest and a rule follower. I respect his knowledge of the game, but also appreciate how he lead and protected those around him always making them better. He was willing to listen and never let his ego get in the way. A patient and kind man. One of a kind.

Donnie Fagundes

May 27, 2020

Going to miss watching wink walking on to our field for games and pre game talks, he was definitely the best at the game of softball. Thoughts and prayers for the family, he will truly be missed.

Jeff Harger

May 27, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with Wink and his family. I always enjoyed seeing Wink on the softball field. He will surely be missed! Rest In Peace my friend!

Mark Branderhorfst

May 26, 2020

My sincere condolences to all of you as you grieve the earthly goodbye. May you all rest in the assurance that God wanted to bring Wink home to live with Him and to be free of the pain his body was going through. One memory that will live on for years to come amongst us basketball officials is Wink's contribution to every "pregame" meeting..."Don't call what you can't officiate, and when I am in the C-position, leave me there, and if I am not, rotate, so I can get back to the C-position." Wink was a pleasure to work with over the years and he will be missed.

Randy Esraelian

May 26, 2020

I remember 30 years ago coaching basketball and Wink being one of the first officials I have held a relationship with for three decades. Great person. Rest In Peace Wink.

Bryan Close

May 26, 2020

My prayers are with Wink and his family. I met Wink several years ago when I began coaching softball. He will definitely be one that I will never forget. I pride myself on knowing the rules and he was always there early in my career to answer phone calls and help me understand. Thank you Wink for all you did for youth sports!!!!

Russ Heffley

May 26, 2020

My Prayers and Condolences to the Winkleman Family. Wink was a Great Man and always treated me with respect and courtesy. I will miss seeing him umpiring games and giving him a hard time while Coaching. Rest In Peace my Friend!!!


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