Duane Elvin Winkel
September 15, 1941 ~ May 26, 2017
Duane E. Winkel, 75, George, IA, was received into Heaven Friday, May 26, 2017, on his farm from massive heart problems.
The Funeral Service may be streamed live through the following link…. tabernaclechurch.com tbc live 10:30 AM
Visitation will be from 3:00 ~7:00pm, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Tabernacle Baptist Church in George, IA with family present 5-7pm. Celebration of Life services will be 10:30am, Wednesday, May 31, also at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Interment will be at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, with Full Military Honors.
Duane Elvin Winkel was born September 15, 1941, on a farm north of George Iowa to William and Lila (Mueller) Winkel. He was the second of four children and grew up attending a one-room country school through 8th grade before attending and graduating from George High School. Duane then attended the Universal Trade School in Omaha for automotive mechanics. Upon his completion, he was called into service by the US Army and stationed in Korea in 1964. When he was discharged from his service, Duane worked for many years in local auto dealerships as an auto mechanic and assisted his father on the family farm. On August 5, 1967, Duane married Alvah Meinerts in Emery, SD. The couple lived in Rock Rapids for approximately one year until resettling across the road from his parents where they farmed for the next 35 years. Duane and Alvah eventually relocated to Duane’s family homestead where they farmed until his death.
Duane’s joyful personality and weathered broad smile easily made him known as the go-to-guy if ANYONE ever needed ANYTHING. He would be there to help and lend assistance. Whether it was custom baling hay or harvesting crops, fixing a piece of machinery, cleaning up a farm after a tornado, or remodeling your basement, Duane could be found first on the scene. Duane was also known as a “guy and a trailer” moving service. If anyone needed to go somewhere, he was there with the trailer and packing blankets to ramrod the project.
Duane was a lifelong member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in George where he served on various boards as well as the Sunday School Superintendent and was an usher that always could be found in the foyer helping anyone that came in. Duane was also a member of the George American Legion Post 404 and served on the Liberal Township Fire board for many years.
Duane will be deeply missed by his business partner and wife of almost 50 years, Alvah; two foster children, Willis Fletcher and Dede Fletcher and her daughters, Courtney, Abigail and Drenda; three siblings, Ronald (Elaine) Winkel, Sioux Falls, Lois Lafrenz, and Marvin (Sharon) Winkel, of George; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Oryn and Pat Meinerts, George; five nephews and nieces, Todd Winkel, Brandon, SD, Chad Winkel, Sioux Falls, SD, Karen Meyer, George, IA, Ronda Winkel, Eugene, OR, and Jodi Daniels, George, IA; six great-niece and nephews, Dalana Jo and Payton Winkel, Brandon and Braden Meyer, and Sawyer and Simon Daniels.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents and one infant daughter, Karla.