Wayne Louis Winkel, 83 passed away peacefully at St. Nicholas Hospital on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Wayne was born on April 20th, 1933 to Henry and Albertine (Gerhardts) Winkel in Charlesburg, Wisconsin and moved to Sheboygan in 1949. As a Sheboygan North High student, he was known as an avid history buff, an excellent journalist, and also played golf and football. During high school, Wayne also worked at his family grocery store as a stock and delivery boy. It was his grocery job at Bluff Avenue Food Market that brought him to the doorstep of Patricia Mary Loebbaka. A true romantic, Wayne loved to tell his children and grandchildren about the day he fell in love with the beautiful green-eyed blonde that stole his heart. On November 7th, 1953 at Holy Name Catholic Church, he married Patricia and started to raise a family. He was a long-time employee at both American Chair and Kohler Company. While working full time, he also operated his own successful business out of his home as a tax accountant and small business bookkeeper. Wayne and Pat traveled extensively in their 63 years of marriage, including many trips with their children. Wayne had a gregarious personality and was truly loved by all.
He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Parish. He is survived by his wife Patricia, 7 children: Mark Winkel (Bonnie), Beth TenPas (Jim), Christine Widder (Carl), Jeffrey Winkel (Kelly), Gregg Winkel (Priscilla), Jennifer Smith (Scott),Timothy Winkel (Amy); 18 grandchildren: Jessica, Kristin, Patrick (Laura), Courtney (Matthew), Noel (Josh), Sarah, Adam (Alanna), Renee (Mark), Jeffrey (Jaime), Francine (James), Laurie, Kathryn (Ross), Alexandra, Collin, Keegan, Braden, Zachary (Margarita), and Claire; and 8 great-grandchildren: Emma, Olivia, Noah, Ella, Brady, Stone, Blaise and Layne. His 3 brothers: Ronald (Mari), Thomas (Fran), and Daniel Winkel and in-laws Agnes and Thomas Gruenke, Robert and Joanne Loebbaka, Karen Kromberg and Richard Kakita also survive.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Julie Loebbaka, and sister-in-law, Laura Kakita.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at St. Clement Catholic Church by Rev. Matthew Widder, Pastor. A time of visitation and support will be held at the church from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
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