RANDOLPH — Charles E. “Charlie” Winkelbauer, 72, Randolph, died Oct. 10, 2021, at the Hillcrest Care Center, Laurel.
Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 14 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with Rev. David Liewer and Rev. Owen Korte officiating.
Burial was in the St. Michael’s Cemetery, Coleridge, with Military Rites by the Coleridge American Legion Post 114. Visitation and a vigil service were at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and continued one hour prior to services Thursday morning. Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.
Pallbearers were Dennis Folkers, Mike Korth, Mark Korth, Dave Dendinger, Larry Paulsen, Larry Domina and Dan Fiscus. Honorary pallbearers were Charlie’s grandchildren.
Charles Eugene Winkelbauer was born Jan. 11, 1949, on the home place near Randolph, to Sylvester and Maurine (Dendinger) Winkelbauer. He grew up on a farm near Randolph and attended a country school during his elementary years. Charles graduated from St. Frances de Chantel High School in 1967. He entered the U.S. Army after high school and served for two years. After his time in the Army, he met the love of his life, Jane Arens. They were married Nov. 6, 1971, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington. They farmed the home place and milked dairy cows. After milking for 27 years, Charlie sold his dairy herd. He continued to farm and raise stock cows until the present day.
Charlie was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Coleridge. He enjoyed going to farm auctions and toy tractor shows. He loved to farm and loved his John Deere tractors. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. One of his favorite things to do was play a good card game of Phase10 with his children and grandchildren. He was a hardworking, kind-hearted man and will be greatly missed.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Jane, Randolph; three children, Chad (Katie) Winkelbauer, Coleridge, and grandchildren Emily, Hunter, Harrison and Clara; Wendi (Brad) Klug, St. Helena, and grandchildren, Dillon, Nolan, Carter, Jackson, Owen and Braxton; Heather (Myron) Klug, St. Helena, and grandchildren, Haley, Abbey, Gavin, Grant and Garrett; sister, Cathy; five brothers, Michael, Paul, Ed, Rich and Russ. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Nicholas Klug; a
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Nicholas Klug; a brother, Bill; and brother-in-law, Dave Arens.