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Gary Leroy Winchell

 

Gary Leroy Winchell

Gary Leroy Winchell was born October 15, 1938 to Charles and Clovis Winchell in Wellington, Kansas, and passed from this life on May 7, 2020. He has one older brother, Paul Winchell.

Gary had a happy childhood. His father was a section foreman for the Santa Fe Railroad, which gave them the opportunity to live in many different places including Lambert, Oklahoma; Oakwood, Oklahoma; Nobscot, Oklahoma; and then Coldwater, Kansas. Gary attended high school there and lacked half a credit from graduating in 1956.

On January 7, 1957, Gary joined the U. S. Air Force and went to San Antonio, Texas, for basic training, then on to Amarillo, Texas, for school on the 347 Bomber. From there he was moved to Roswell, New Mexico, for schooling on the B52 and the KC135. During this time he married and had two sons, Ron and Terry Winchell. Gary was honorably discharged from the Air Force on February 3, 1960. In March of 1963 he was divorced and in May he moved to Medicine Lodge, Kansas, to live with his parents.

He got a job in the oil field and met Geneane Brubaker of Harper, Kansas. They were married on November 24, 1964. Jean had a son, Monroe Dale Hays, from a previous marriage. On October 4, 1966, their daughter, April Sue, was born in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

They moved to Hardter, Kansas, in September of 1967 and on November 28, 1967, they welcomed a son, John Edward. Gary soon went to work as a mechanic and truck driver for Coontz Manufacturing Company in Kiowa, Kansas. On January 3, 1968, they moved to Kiowa where they welcomed their third child, Jody Allen, on November 20, 1969. They bought their home at 413 Dickinson and have lived there since.

Gary also lost his father in November of 1969 and this was hard on him.

The last few years of Gary's life have not been the easiest as he had fallen ill and wasn't able to do the things he loved. He did have a very good life with his wife and children. He enjoyed racing on dirt tracks (Car No. 13) with his two sons, Dale and Jody.

Gary is survived by his wife, Geneane "Jean" Winchell; children Ron Winchell and wife Carla, Dale Winchell, April Stewart and husband Clint, John Winchell, Jody Winchell and wife Angela; grandchildren Todd Winchell, JC Stewart and wife Shawna, Stormy Rosenberger and husband Mike, Justin Winchell, Sydney Winchell, Abbey Winchell, Shelby Edwards, Jessica Nonoon, Ashley Swonger, Amber Swonger, Jeremy Edwards and Brett Edwards; great-grandchildren Anthony Winchell, Austin Winchell, Aden Winchell, Paiton Stewart, Angelien Stewart, Vance Stewart, Leah Rosenberger, Cort Whitaker, Cody Moore-Stewart, Mason Ricke, Tyce Ricke and Ryker Bouziden; and one brother Paul Winchell.

Gary is preceded by his parents, Charles and Clovis Winchell; son, Terry Winchell; granddaughter, RaeDeanna Winchell and great-grandson, Jaden Duvall.

Memorials may be made to Kiowa District Hospital, the Masonic Lodge or American Legion through the funeral home.

 

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