Patrick Van Winkle


Patrick Van Winkle
July 8, 1932 - Jan. 24, 2011

Patrick H. Van Winkle of College Place, and formerly of Weston, was called home on Jan. 24, 2011, in College Place at the age of 78 years. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, with Pastor Quinton Kimbrow officiating. Interment will follow at the Weston Cemetery in Weston. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m.-noon and from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Patrick H. Van Winkle to the Parkinson's Association or a charity of choice in care of the funeral home.

Mr. Van Winkle was born July 8, 1932, in Walla Walla, the son of William E. and Minnie Johnson Van Winkle. He was raised on the family farm on Reed and Hawley Mountain near Weston. He attended a one-room country school on the mountain. Following his graduation from Weston High School in 1950, he attended University of Oregon and graduated in 1954 in business administration. While there, he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Upon graduation, he received an ROTC commission in the U.S. Air Force and was on active duty from 1954 to 1957. His overseas duty was spent on the island of Guam. Mr. Van Winkle then returned stateside to Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, where he took up skiing at Sun Valley. He met the love of his life, Kathryn A. Hughes, in Portland, and they were married in Chicago in 1959. Shortly after the wedding, they were transferred to the West Coast and finally made their home in Wenatchee.

There he found the greatest challenge of his career, working as plant controller for Keyes Fibre Company. While in Wenatchee, the couple raised their family of three children. Being an avid skier, he introduced his children to his favorite sport. He enjoyed the mountains and took his kids on many backcountry hiking adventures. He returned to his roots of farming in the Walla Walla Valley in 1987, where he farmed with his brother for the next 7 years. During retirement he enjoyed skiing, biking, tennis, swimming, meeting for coffee at the Walla Walla Co-op, and was highly active in Retired Officers Association. One of his greatest pleasures was following University of Oregon sports events. He traveled to many bowl games with the Alumni Association.

Mr. Van Winkle is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathryn Van Winkle, at the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn A. and Daniel Miranda, of Coupeville, Gail L. and Benjamin Kroll of West Richland; a son and daughter-in-law, James P. and Leah Van Winkle of Portland; a brother, Benny L. Van Winkle of Weston; a sister, Janet M. Meeker of Visalia, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Ian D. Miranda, Nevin P. Miranda, Kelsey A. Miranda, Julia C. Van Winkle, Lydia E. Van Winkle, Kaylee L. Kroll and Taylor L. Kroll. They will miss the "Grandpa Jokes."
He was preceded in death by a brother, William J. Van Winkle, and his parents.


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