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Hugh N. Van Winkle, age 88, of S. Spruce St., Jefferson, died Saturday afternoon in the Hospice Unit at Ashtabula County Medical Center.
He was born March 23, 1929, in New Lyme Township, the son of Leo A. and Florence Y. (Hall) Van Winkle, and was a lifelong resident of this area. He was married to Roberta M. Woodworth on Sept. 5, 1968, in Jefferson. Mr. Van Winkle was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving at the end of WWII and in the beginning of the Korean Conflict. He was a 1990 retiree from the R. W. Sidley Co. in Thompson, and was also a security guard for Lake Shore Resort.
Mr. Van Winkle was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dorset, and the National American Legion. He followed all the Cleveland sports teams. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards, pitching horse shoes, playing ping pong and volleyball. He participated in the Senior Olympics a few years ago in Youngstown.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta; seven children, Richard (Diana) Van Winkle and Ron (Sue) Van Winkle, both of Jefferson, Norman (Rose) Lewis of Wooster, Brian (Fah-Lee) Van Winkle of Leesburg, Fla., Barbara Aqulina of Tucson, Ariz., Patricia Gainey of Jefferson and Wanda (Charles Haught) Fox of Dorset; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret "Peggy" Loomis of Austin, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Charles Ward and Brandon Neil Van Winkle; and two brothers, Glennie and Norman Van Winkle.
Funeral services will be held Friday, at 10:30a.m., at the Jefferson Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND CREMATORY, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with Pastor Randy Brooks of the First Baptist Church in Dorset officiating. Burial will be in Dorset Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Dorset, P.O. Box 81, Dorset, Ohio 44032.
The Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and staff are honored to serve the Hugh Van Winkle family. Visit fleming-billman.com to view obituary, express condolences, send a flower or light a candle.
Published on March 28, 2017
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