Wayne Lee Winchester of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his home, with his loving wife holding his hand, on January 3, 2020, having reached the age of seventy-six years, one month and two days. Wayne was born in St. Louis, MO, on December 1, 1943, son of Raymond George Winchester and Jewell May Winchester nee Greeley. On December 12, 1964, he was united in marriage to Sharon Jean Butler and four sons came to bless this union.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Sharon Winchester of St. Clair, MO; by his sons, Jeff Winchester and wife, Jennifer, of Union, MO, Bryon Winchester of Washington, MO, Greg Winchester of St. Charles, MO, and Brad Winchester and wife, Melissa, of Seattle, WA; by his grandchildren, Ethan and Dylan Winchester, both of Union; by one brother, Doug Winchester of High Ridge, MO; by one sister, Shirley Boyd of Dittmer, MO; by one sister-in-law, Betty Sullentrup and husband, Tim, of Edwardsville, IL; by one brother-in-law, Charles Brown of St. Charles, MO; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Jewell Winchester; by one brother, Ray Winchester, and by one sister, Sharon Wallace.
Wayne was a member of The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Union, MO. During his working career he was employed by Daimler-Chrysler Corporation in Fenton, MO, working as a paint mixer for many years. He loved classic cars and was especially fond of his 1958 Pontiac. He also enjoyed collecting knives and coins. Wayne and Sharon loved to travel across the country, travelling to the Smoky Mountains, Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, and had especially enjoyed their trip to Seattle, WA to visit Brad, stopping at every site along the way. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a very special place in his heart, as he did in theirs.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 12:00 PM Thursday, January 9, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with Guy Boyd officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Union, MO.