Thursday, June 10, 2010


Thanks to all my friends who worked yesterday so I could go to my uncle's funeral. The service was good but the cemetery service was one of those moments.

An Army blue soldier played the most beautiful taps I can remember. I had to think hard is it live or is it Memorex. Then he came from the trees in the background at Gate of Heaven Cemetery to help the other soldier fold the flag correctly and present it to my cousin. Everyone was spellbound in their own little world for a moment. It was priceless.

We went to her house for lunch afterwards. I got to meet a lot of my uncle's family in Adams County, some are farmers and we had a lot in common. They sure brought an array of excellent food to Hamilton County. Five of the ten Winkle cousins were together, the four youngest were busy at work as well as some of our spouses.

So today I say thanks to all those who serve. This is for those who serve their country, serve their family, serve their community and serve their God. Without you, this world wouldn't be the same. I wouldn't trade it.

We buried another WWII veteran yesterday, but more than that, a father and a friend who was never a foe except for the battlefield.

What more could you ask from a person than that?

Ed Winkle


  1. I hate to see those old folks go. They have such a wealth of information, history, and such a strong spirit. I have a feeling I'm going to have to attend a few of these funerals in the next few years.

  2. Good post. Please accept my condolences on your family's loss of a friend, relative and hero.

  3. I hate to see them go to Budde. Now the burden is on us and we are a minority I am afraid where they were the majority in their age. Gorges, he represented the last of a very good group. My dad was that generation and dad will always be my hero.