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Pete Winkler

January 10, 1928July 4, 2021

Irving Theodore “Pete” Winkler, Jr. Passed away on July 4, 2021

He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Irving Winkler Sr. and Freda Mitchell Winkler on January 10, 1928. His early years were spent in various states and places including Louisiana, Virginia, and California, before his family landed in Grosse Pointe for the rest of his growing up years.

He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Ann Neumeyer in 1949, and they were married for 56 years before her death in 2005. They started out in St. Clair Shores in a house they built themselves, until they moved back to Grosse Pointe to raise their family.

Pete started as a finish carpenter, and eventually owned his own successful industrial building company, including building his own subdivision of light industrial buildings.

He retired at 55 and was able to pursue the things he loved best, which included biking, boating, traveling and building boats (many of which he has donated to organizations).

He became a Christian as an adult, and loved his time on some mission trips and helping at Vacation Bible School. Although he was self-educated, he had a great love of learning and encouraged education including quietly paying for college for several needy people.

He had a great zest for life, and his humble beginnings made him extremely generous to those he cared about.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Lois, dear son in law Steven Tucker, dear cousin Mary Printz, his parents, Irving and Freda Winkler, Sr, brother Richard, and sisters Janice Graham and Jean Allor. He leaves behind his beloved daughters Sharon (Anthony Moren), Constance (the late Steven) Tucker and Nancy (Albert) Spalding, grandchildren Peter (Annette) Brown, Richard (Ju hyung Kim) Spalding, Pamela (Craig Pratt) Moren, Patrick (Megan) Brown, Philip Moren, Lea Ann (Michael) Martinico and Abigail (Brian) Burkum, also 12 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and dear friend Sharon Packus.

The family will be receiving friends beginning at 9am with a 10am Memorial Service on Saturday, July 17 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, 788 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. 48236

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to a ministry to rural teens that was close to his heart, Crossroads Farm, 5520 W. Card Road, Reading, Michigan 49274, at www.crossroadsfarm.org Arrangements are being handled by Kaul Funeral Home, St Clair Shores, MI.

  • FAMILY

  • Sharon (Anthony Moren) Winkler, Daughter
  • Constance (the late Steven) Tucker, Daughter
  • Nancy (Albert) Spalding, Daughter
  • Peter (Annette) Brown, Grandchild
  • Richard (Ju hyung Kim) Spalding, Grandchild
  • Pamela (Craig Pratt) Moren, Grandchild
  • Patrick (Megan) Brown, Grandchild
  • Philip Moren, Grandchild
  • Lea Ann (Michael) Martinico, Grandchild
  • Abigail (Brian) Burkum, Grandchild
  • Also 12 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and dear friend Sharon Packus.


    He was predeceased by his beloved wife Lois, dear son in law Steven Tucker, dear cousin Mary Printz, his parents, Irving and Freda Winkler, Sr, brother Richard, and sisters Janice Graham and Jean Allor.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, July 17, 2021

Memories

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Taki WinklerHendin Graham-Vail

July 8, 2021

I also wanted to include my daughter in law Linnea Vail in sending Love .
She never met Uncle Pete, but she knows how elegant and kind he was, and it shows in his grand -nephew Curtis,’countenance too!

Jim Wells

July 6, 2021

Remembering both Pete and Lois with fondness at Grosse Pointe Baptist. Remembering good times and meals at the GP Club and beautiful cruise down the river. My best to Nancy and your family!

Taki Winkler

July 6, 2021

I also wanted to share that Pete was the straight laced family man
His youngest sister, my mother Jan , was the musical black sheep. Among other issues.
Pete and Lois never treated us strangely and were always so kind and accepting
Last week Pete was saying that the neighbors back in the day did not want his sisters crazy flower painted VW Van parked in front of their house!
Pete said ,”Shes my sister and she”s gonna park where she pleases!” He understood wanting to get out and do your own thing!
He was an adventurer!
Im sure I could say a zillion things
We will see how it goes...
I lOVE YOU ALL

Taki ( {Bree-Anna Winkler- Hendin -vail

July 6, 2021

I am Uncle Pete’s youngest nieces.
Born to his youngest sister Janice!
Uncle Pete was a North Star for me!
My mother took me far far away from Detroit to sing, but I could always go back to Grosse Pointe for a visit with the Winklers !
As youngsters Pete’s girls were much older and cooler than I, but Aunt Lois and Uncle Pete always made time for us.
I loved my older cousins Nancy , Connie , and Sharon ,, and uncle Pete would always take us to dinner , get the family together , and make an occasion for us!
Going on his yacht, and dinner at the club , was a great last adventure we had!
I will always be thankful for the kindness , and warm heart He had for me!
May he Rest In Peace! And may we remember his warmth the most!
I send condolences along with my son Curtis, and my husband Bob!

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