John Denny Winkler Jr.

February 26, 1962December 28, 2020

John Denny Winkler Jr., 58, of Highland, Michigan, passed away on December 28, 2020.

Loving father of Stefani (Josh) Benko, proud grandfather of Evelyn Benko, son of the late Adeana Carey and John Denny Winkler. Cherished stepson of Leo Carey, brother of Wendy Winkler and Terri (Steve) Jensen. Beloved uncle and friend to many.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, John served as a fireman electricians mate and was awarded an expert pistol medal and ribbon. He was a practicing Journeyman Plumber and truly enjoyed his craftsmanship, as well as the people he worked with. John received the degree of Master Mason from the Michigan Masonic Lodge and enjoyed his time of service, especially in his mini car in the parades as a Shriner. He enjoyed riding his Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle with his daughter and friends, and in particular during his time down south for work. John’s time at the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 2370 and the friendships he made there were cherished by him deeply.

Please share your stories and memories of John, he will be greatly missed.


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Merritt Cooley

January 8, 2021

Stefani, I am sorry for your loss. Although we have never met, I feel like I know you. John talked about you often. I worked with John for the past 20+ years. Him and I have spent more time together than with our own families. I had grown to count on him on all of our out of town projects.

I don't even know where to start You and I did not always see eye to eye, but as we worked together as long and as much as we did ,I began to count on you and depend on you. I couldn't have done all the projects that we did without you.. You will be hard to replace.
You were always there for me and I would like to believe that we were freinds. My only regret is not telling you in person before today how much I counted on you. Heck I was looking through my calendar and there were at least 10 times in the past year alone that I marked you down for having a good idea. But in reality it was a whole lot more.

I have alot of good memories with you brother,. Kyakking the Coosa, Mardi Gras in Mobile, New years eve in Gulf shores and even the Monroe in Butler. You were always the life of the party. Well here is one last toast to you buddy. Hope you are at peace finally and just know you will be missed, farewell.

Erica Smith

January 4, 2021

Stefani, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in your time of grief. May peace be with you in the coming days, weeks and months. With deepest sympathy, Erica Smith

Tony and Jan Pordon

January 3, 2021

Leo, sending our condolences to you on the loss of your Son, John. Look to the wonderful memories that you shared and your faith in the Lord to help bring you peace and understanding during this time of loss. Love you, Tony & Jan Pordon and family.

Vickie Staton

January 2, 2021

John, it won't he the same without you at the lodge. You will be forever missed by your Moose family. My last memory of you was last week, a beautiful smile and the biggest hug. We will carry on your memory and legacy and always have you in our hearts. I hope you are looking down on us all from the Moose Lodge in Heaven. Xoxo Love you always....

Colleen Sanderson

January 2, 2021

I will miss him so much, and I was so glad to have him to my house for Thanksgiving and he put in my hot water heater just two weeks ago. I am going to miss him hitting on an old woman. Love you John and be happy now.

Cathy & Rick Bombrisk

January 2, 2021

God bless you John you will be missed.

Marcia aka Marti Battishill

January 2, 2021

John was a great guy but could be a pain in the butt also. He loved his real family but also loved his Moose family. We have all had some great times with him and he will be deeply missed by many. I will always cherish our love of the rain and our rain night antics but mostly I will miss our friendship. I love you John Winkler, walk with your Mom now.

Bonnie Paschke

January 2, 2021

I met John in the year of 2007.

At the time he was just beginning his journey as a plumber.

Tall and handsome, upon greeting him I could sense kindness in his soul.
He spoke with a heart that cared entirely too much for others over himself.

A father to a beautiful daughter, he also helped me raise my one daughter for a brief time. He helped me with a home in a time of need. And he continued to help me even 12 years later.

He taught me that even when all is lost, or feels lost, there are still simple moments to smile and laugh.

John, thank you for the memories and love that you have given. Forever will I love you.

Mark Wojtanowski

January 2, 2021

John, we shared so many laughs and jokes. Kayaking down the Coso River, wearing mud boots to your first Mardi Gra in New Orleans. Riding in the parade in Gulfport. Many many fun memories. I have missed the laughter and the adventures but will always have those memories. Rest in Peace brother.