In Memory

Joseph Winters

Joseph Winters

Joseph E. Winters, age 70, of Essexville, was born into eternal life on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Bay County Medical Care Facility.  Joe was born in Grand Rapids on June 17, 1945, the son of Milton and Edith (Gorman) Winters.  While attending T.L. Handy High School, he met the former Angela "Ann" Rich.  They were united in marriage on October 16, 1965.  Joe owned Winters Dairy & Deli on Center Ave. for many years and also retired from General Motors.  An avid classic car collector, Joe was the co-founder of the Rockn Wheels Festival in Auburn.  After a twenty year battle with Parkinson's, Joe is now at peace.  Joe leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of fifty years, Ann and his children, Jeffrey and wife, Barbara Winters, Jennifer and husband, Charles Powell and Joanne "Jody" and husband, Shaun Girou.  Also surviving are his parents, Milton and Edith (Gorman) Winters, and siblings, Randy and wife, Pam Winters, Linda and husband, Al Bilhimer and Debbie and husband, Bob Geno; in-laws, Gail Wisniewski, Joseph and wife, Joan Rich, Michael and wife, Carol Rich, Jack and wife, Carole Rich, Christopher and wife, Kathleen Rich, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.  He was predeceased by his brother, David and father and mother-in-law, E. James and Mary Louise Rich.  Cremation took place per Joe's wishes.

Source:   Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Essexville, MI

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11/24/15 08:23 PM #1    

Richard Beck



Joe goes back to my Kolb School days, then Handy HS, then Northwood.  He was one of four of our Handy grads at Northwood.  Bob Willeke, Mary Ellen Long, Joe and me.

He was working at Bay City Chevrolet plant while I was there briefly, then I caught up to him at his ice cream store on Center Ave.

He was one of the good guys. Really liked people. Was always positive. Loved playing hoops and baseball.

I am truly saddened he has left us, but know there is a much better place, and he is signing up to play ball with the angels.

My best to Ann, his kids and family.




11/26/15 10:22 AM #2    

Robert Willeke

I remember Joe with very fond memories, especially playing basketball with him on a city league team in Bay City.  We lost the championship game to a group of coaches from Bay City.  He was a good friend and I'm only sorry that I did not keep in touch with him through the years.  A Fine Man!  I know he will be missed by his family.

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