Thomas Donald Winters
Thomas Donald Winters was born on Oct. 3, 1928, in Junction City, Kan., to George and Edith (Coon) Winters. He was raised in Arizona and Dove Creek.Thomas 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 Division. He retired in 1968 after 2112 years of service. He had attained the rank of first sergeant.Thomas married Lillian Krause in 1948 in Oregon, and to this union their two children, Charles and Linda, were born. Thomas and Lillian were later divorced.Thomas 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. In 1977 he moved to Craig, where he owned and operated the 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.Thomas enjoyed hunting, fishing, and farming, and was a member of the VFW.Thomas died on Saturday, Jan. 29, at his home in Craig.He is survived by his wife, Sue P. Winters, of Loveland; daughter Linda (Jerry) Washburn, of Kansas City; sons Charles (Mary) Winters, of Emporia, Kan., 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.His parents, three sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Veteran’s Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.
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