Local Pastor And Hero Loved By Thousands Dies Suddenly At Home

Local Heroes will always be the glue that holds communities together. For without heroes you cannot thrive. You need people who serve their country, care for others, and put forth effort into something other than themselves. According to the tdtnews, William Barrett Winkler was born on February 23, 1937 in Moffat, Texas, to his parents Wesley Carl Winkler and Lydia (Richter) Winkler. Bill was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, The Grove, in March of 1937 with Pastor William H. Remmert officiating. He was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church on May 3, 1951 by Pastor E. Brauer.

He enlisted in the Army in 1959 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was then stationed in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. When he was discharged the first time, he came back home to work for Churpik’s in Temple. He was called back into the service in October 1961 and was a part of the Bay of Pigs invasion into Cuba. He was discharged from the military a second time in August of 1962. From there he went to Fort Polk, Louisiana and attended McNeese State College at Lake Charles. He served in the Corp of Engineers at Fort Polk and at Fort Hood, Texas.

At St. Paul Lutheran Church he served as Head Usher and Trustee. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 133, a lifetime member of the Handyman’s Club, and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers International.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley Carl and Lydia (Richter) Winkler and by a son, William Blake Campbell. He is survived by his wife; Norma Ruth Winkler, by his sister Gina Krause, by his children Christy Lynn Campbell, Marshall Brett Campbell, and Rhonda Lynn Sanders; by his grandchildren Kimberlie Rae Campbell, Kyle Evan Campbell, Lauren Campbell Dempsey, Hawkins Taylor Campbell, William Barrett Campbell, Andee Kate Campbell, and Marshall Colt Campbell; and by his great grandchildren Riley Dempsey, Jack Dempsey, and Luke Dempsey; and by countless nieces, nephews and friends. Will you pray for Bill?