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Fredrick J. Winkler

Fred Winkler, 77, Fargo, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 in Elim Rehabilitation and Care Center, Fargo, N.D.

Fred was born April 8, 1932 at Valley City, N.D. to William C. Winkler and Katherine (Cook) Winkler. Fred grew up on a farm near Oriska, N.D. and attended school at Oriska. He farmed with his family before serving in the U.S. Army in Fort Bliss, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska from 1953-54. Fred married Lucille Hansen on Oct. 13, 1956 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fargo. He was employed by Thilmony Bros. Trucking, Valley City, Stan Goodman, Fargo, and in 1956 became employed by Super Valu Stores, Inc., Fargo, starting as a truck driver and retiring as director of distribution in 1995. Overall, he worked for Super Valu for 39 years in Fargo, Plainfield, Ill., and Anniston, Ala. After retirement from Super Valu, he was employed by CanAm Express and Reiles Transfer, Fargo.

He was a lifetime member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo, and was a member of Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus. He was a member of VFW Post 762, DAV, and Two-Cylinder Club.

Fred enjoyed collecting antique clocks, stationary engines, and old pickups. His pride and joy was his red 1956 Ford pickup.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille; a daughter, Janine (Doug) Scott, Perryton, Texas; a son, Brian (Lisa) Winkler and grandsons, Hunter and Halton Winkler, all of Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Irene (Mick) Flanagan, Fargo; a brother, Douglas Winkler, Grand Forks, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, William F. Winkler, and two sisters, Shirley Schwehr and Georgena Mohn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Northern Prairie Advocacy Group for Huntington's Chorea Disease, Fargo, St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery, or Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Visitation and prayer services were held Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 in West Funeral Home, West Fargo.

A Funeral Mass was held Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo. Burial will be at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Cemetery, Oriska, N.D., in the spring.

Condolences can be sent online

(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)