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Leonard Winkelman, 87

Leonard Winkelman of South Haven died Friday, May 13, 2011, at the Annandale Care Center. He was 87.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. Thomas Olson officiating. Interment will be at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Duelm. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball and one hour prior to services at the church. There will be a prayer service at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Leonard Joseph Winkelman was born March 30, 1924, in Collegeville to Henry and Loretta (Abfalter) Winkelman. He was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He married Leora Vogel on Feb. 19, 1952; she preceded him in death Dec. 15, 2000. He married Frances Oothoudt March 30, 2005.

Leonard was a mink farmer in Kimball from 1961-1978 and also did monument engraving throughout the Midwest area. He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed woodworking hunting, fishing, and participating in the disabled veteran turkey and deer hunts and fishing outings. In 2009 Leonard participated in the first Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to be present at the World War II memorial.

Leonard was preceded in death by his first wife Leora, stepson Gary Oothoudt, two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife Frannie of South Haven; sons Wayne (and Vicky) Winkelman of St. Augusta, Glenn (and Joan) Winkelman of South Haven; stepchildren Danny Oothoudt of Corbet, Ore., Mark Oothoudt of Brainerd, and Gayle (and Glen) Holst of Brainerd; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren Robert, Brent, Scot, Marybeth, and Thomas Winkelman. Music for the service will be provided by the St. Anne's Choir.