William L. Winkler son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Winkler, died in St. Francis hospital in Wichita on Saturday, May 9, 1925, at 8:35 p.m. At the time of his death he was 30 years, 8 months and 21 days of age. His death followed an operation a week before for appendicitis.
Deceased was born August 18, 1894, at Hoopeston, Ill., and resided there with his parents until 1903, when the family moved to New London, Wis., where he continued to reside until the spring of 1917. On May 2, of that year he enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard and served with Co. F. of the 127th Infantry, the 32d Division, during the World War, and was 14 months overseas, being in the thickest of the fight at Chateau-Thierry, the Meuse-Argonne and other important engagements. Of the 117 men who, with William and his brother, Fred, were in the original National Guard unit, only 26 returned together from France. After his return from the war Mr. Winkler resumed his work as an inspector in a phonograph factory in New London, and was an efficient workman, as well as an honorable and upright young man of sterling worth.
He came with his father and mother and brother from new London, Wis., about five weeks ago to make his home with them on the Wm. Winkler farm 13 miles northwest of this city. He leaves to mourn his loss, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Winkler, and one brother, Fred, and an uncle, Wm. Winkler, of Upper Kiowa Creek, and an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Hanse Leach, and son, Earl, of Wellington, Kans., who came for the funeral. The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of all in this their hour of bereavement.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon from the M. E. church in Coldwater, the pastor, Rev. H. W. Cummings, being in charge. Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery. The local members of the American Legion had charge of the burial services. Following a short scripture reading by Rev. Cummings, taps were sounded by Ernest Miller, the local Legion post's bugler. Six American Legion men, which organization Mr. Winkler was a member, acted as pall bearers.
The Western Star, May 15, 1925,
Card of Thanks - We wish to express our sincere thanks to The American Legion, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson, to the pastor and to others who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our beloved son, brother and nephew. The beautiful floral offerings were also much appreciated. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Winkler, Fred Winkler and Wm. Winkler.
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