Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry, Iowa for Donald Winters of Grimes, Iowa, formerly of Perry. Officiating was Pastor Bruce Minger. Special music selections were “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace,” sang by Talia Schmidt and the Auctioneer Song was sung by Donna Coffman. Burial was in Violet Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Nathan Winters, Jason Thompson, Josh Elder, Jeremy Browns, Brian Browns and David Browns. Honorary pallbearers were Stanley Winters, Lawrence Winters, Tom Evanich, Tom Hamman, Leland Schuhardt and Steve Murdock. Visitation was held on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 3-5 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home. Memorials are being directed to St. Croix Hospice in Don’s name and may be sent to the funeral home.
Donald Vincent Winters was born Aug. 6, 1935 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Miles Fonzy and Lula (Reece) Winters. He graduated from New Providence High School in 1954. Don was honorably discharged from the Army after serving his country from 1955-1957 during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Caroline Sitterly on Oct. 11, 1958 in Perry, Iowa. Don was a foreman for Northern Natural Gas Company until his retirement in 1988. He passed away peacefully Monday, April 10, 2017 at Kennybrook Village in Grimes, Iowa at the age of 81.
Don will be remembered for his enjoyment of being with family and friends telling stories and exchanging jokes. He loved attending his kids and grandkids sporting events, working on the ball fields in Perry and taking money at the gates for tournaments. He enjoyed woodworking and gave many of his creations to family and friends. Don had fond memories of traveling to Hawaii and the Alaskan Cruise he and Caroline took, along with enjoying the twelve years they spent living in Arizona.
Survivors include his sons Mark Winters of St. Paul, Minn. and Troy (Tommi) Winters of Granger, Iowa, daughter Kim (Bill) Evanich of Goodyear, Ariz., two brothers Stanley (Inez) Winters of Iowa Fall, Iowa, Lawrence (Lena Mae) Winters of Hampton, Iowa and one sister Kay Wood of Grand Jct., Colo., seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren and companion Angie Roan. Preceding Don in death were his parents, wife on March 19, 2013 and eleven brothers and sisters.