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Obituary: Francis Benjamin Winkel

Francis Benjamin Winkel

St. George, UT

Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Francis Benjamin Winkel, 91, of St. George, Utah, passed away Oct. 15, 2007 in his St. George home.

He was born in Richfield, Utah, upstairs in the family bakery to Hendrik and Everdina Van Ojen Winkel on Oct. 11, 1916. He was the ninth of ten children. He grew up in Richfield, attending school and learning the bakery business. He was a very hard and industrious worker. Francis served a three year mission in the Tahitian Islands where he grew to love the people of the South Pacific. He would later return, (more than once) to visit the islands that he loved so much and who loved him equally. He married Rose Thompson on Jan. 23, 1940 in the Manti LDS Temple. They were bless with eight children. Soon after they were married, they moved to the bay area in California to work in the restaurant business. They worked together in the bakery and restaurant business. During this time , Francis was drafted into service for World War II. He served as Chief Cook in the Merchant Marines on the R.H. Stoner. After returning from the war, he invested his savings from the bakery into Beaver Lumber Company. He soon realized that it needed his full attention, so he left the restaurant business and learned all he could about the lumber business. Later on, he acquired land in Willow Bend (Aurora) and started the Winkel Family Ranch. His favorite sayings were "if it works, work it.", "Make God a partner in whatever you do"and "There are three cures for whatever ails and work." Francis served in the bay area as bishop, stake president, stake patriarch and temple sealer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife Rose were also temple workers in the Oakland Temple. He also served a senior mission with his dear wife as directors of the St. George Visitors' Center. They loved the St. George area, and after their mission, they left their 50-year legacy in California and moved to St. George.

Francis was a wonderful husband and father and is survived by his wife Rose and seven of their children, Linda Watts (Fremont, Ca.), Richard (Karen) Winkel (Sacramento, Ca) McKay (Gloria) Winkel (Provo), Becky (Steve) Peterson (Highland, Ut) Nancy (Frank) Trythall (Granite Bay, Ca), Rosemarie (Thurman) Evans (Shingle Springs, Ca) and Debbie (Alan) Christensen (Richfield, Ut), 42 grandchildren and 79 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and sister Pauline. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jan Paul, brothers Geert, Antone, Thys, Henry, John and Bill and sisters Dena and Rose.

Funeral service will be held Friday, October 19, 2007, at 10 a.m., at the Southgate LDS Ward Chapel, 3381 Mulberry Dr., St. George, UT. A visitation will be held Thursday, from 7-9 p.m, and Friday, from 9-9:45 a.m., both at the chapel. Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. An additional service will be held at 4:00 p.m. at Magleby Mortuary, 50 South 100 West, Richfield, UT.

Interment in the Richfield City Cemetery, Richfield, Utah under the direction of Magleby Mortuary.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund or the LDS Missionary Fund.