Thomas Donald Winters: 1928-2005


Thomas Donald Winters of Craig died Jan. 29, 2005, at his home in Craig.

Thomas Donald Winters was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Junction City, Kan., to George and Edith (Coon) Winters.

Winters was raised in Arizona and Dove Creek. He joined the U.S. Army in 1947 and served in Italy, Germany, Korea, Japan, Junction City, Kan., and Oakland, Calif. He was with the 300th Military Police Company. He retired in 1968 after more than 21 years of service. He had attained the rank of first sergeant. Winters married Lillian Krause in 1948 in Oregon, and to this union their two children Charles and Linda were born. They later were divorced. He married Sue Park on Nov. 14, 1969, in Reno, Nev., and to this union, their two children Douglas and Edward were born. After his retirement from the Army, he moved to Vietnam and worked for the Pacific Engineering Corp. for two years and then moved to Aurora and in 1977 to Craig, where he owned and operated Western Hills Motel for 11 years. He worked for TATT Security during construction of the Craig Power Plant and later as a truck driver for Fleischli Oil Company for 10 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Winters is survived by his wife, Sue P. Winters, of Loveland; daughter, Linda (Jerry) Washburn, of Kansas City; sons Charles (Mary) Winters of Emporia, Doug (Chrissy) Winters of Rifle, and Edward Winters of Craig; grandchildren Joseph, David, Adam, Matthew, Bret and Gerald; great-grandchildren Benjamin, Andy and Jessica; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Winters was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and four brothers.

Graveside services were held at the Veteran's Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction at 10 a.m., Feb. 4, 2005.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

Military honors were by the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard and the U.S. Army. Bill Lyon was the officiating minister.

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