Robert L. “Bob” Winkler, 89, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at his home in Council, Idaho.
He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 18, 1931, to Jurel and Florence Winkler. He lived with his family in the Los Angeles area until he joined the Marines. While stationed at Cherry Point, N.C., he met the love of his life Jean Hill, who he married in 1953. They moved to Woodland Hills, Calif., where they started their family of three children. He became a Los Angeles City fireman in 1956. He retired as Engineer after 24 years and moved to Junction City where he started a volunteer fire department and served as chief for more than 25 years. Once a fireman always a fireman!
Bob loved the outdoors so living in the mountains of Junction City was perfect for him. He loved to hunt, fish, and dredge for gold. He also served on Trinity PUD in Weaverville, and taught Sunday School at the Nazarene Church. And he loved volunteering at the museum's Stampmill in Weaverville.
Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean Winkler; his two daughters Sharon Burke, Jeri Bridgen and their families; and his sister Carol Miller. He had five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Jurel Winkler; mom Florence Winkler; son Robert (Pete) Peter Winkler; and his granddaughter Jennifer Winkler.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but we know he is well again and walking with Jesus! And his legacy will love on.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.