RICHARD JOHN WINKELMAN


First Posted: 11/25/2004

Ottoville

RICHARD JOHN WINKELMAN, 80, died at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 2004, at VanCrest Health Care Center, Delphos.

He was born Dec. 19, 1923, in Toledo. In 1926, he was brought to Ottoville, where he lived with his aunts Mayme, Rose, Alma and Susie, and his Uncle Albert.

Mr. Winkelman taught history and biology at Kalida High School, Coldwater High School and Northwood High School, Toledo, for 25 years. He also taught library science and served as director of the map department at the University of Toledo until his retirement in 1967. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, where he served on the cemetery board. He was a member of the Putnam County Teachers Association and the State Retired Teachers Association. He had served on the Ottoville School Board. He was a graduate of Ottoville High School, Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. He never lost his love of academia. He loved the opera and ballet and was a self-taught classical pianist. He memorized the scores of multiple Broadway musicals and could play without sheet music. He was a scholar of Catholic Church history and was noted for his knowledge of the popes and his ability to convey correct canon law and history to those in error. He could also recite the entire lineage of the royal family of England. Because of his love of his home community, he made available his family's farm, which became the location for the first factories in Ottoville.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father Tony Borgia will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a parish vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Cemetery Board or Angels for Animals.

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