Lonnie D. Winter

On April 26, 2017

Winter LonnieLonnie D. Winter, 54, of Petersburg, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 25th.  A celebration of life will be held at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson,  MN, on Saturday, April 29th at 3pm with Pastor Steve DeKok officiating.

A visitation will be held on Friday, April 28th, from 5-7pm at the Osterberg Funeral Home and on Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

Lonnie Dean Winter, a beloved father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, was born in Jackson, MN to Kathy (Jones) Winter and Gaylord Winter on February 13th, 1963 and passed from this earth on April 25th, 2017 in his home of Petersburg, MN surrounded by family and friends. As a child Lonnie grew up in Petersburg, MN and attended Riverside Elementary in Jackson and high school at Jackson County Central. After high school, Lonnie worked at Ag-Chem as a welder, and later as a Supervisor. After his time at Ag-Chem, Lonnie worked as a Broker for Heartland Transportation in Estherville, IA. From there, Lonnie spent the latter part of his life working side-by-side his father Gaylord Winter. Together, they formed Winter Construction, a millwright business, drafting, constructing, and maintaining agricultural operation systems. Lonnie held both the ambition and drive to work hard in his career, and enjoyed every opportunity he had to teach others about his trade or other talents that he held. Lonnie wore many hats, and had the ability to do anything from electrical and mechanical work, to helping his father build an airplane at the age of fourteen.At an early age, Lonnie was buying old cars and motorcycles that he would later fix up and sell, three of his favorites included a 1955 Chevy Bellair, 1969  Pontiac GTO, and 1970 Ford Ranchero with a 429 big block. Lonnie also enjoyed teaching his daughters and nieces how to ride dirt bikes and ATVs, the meaning behind working hard for the things you want in life, and most of all, the importance of being oneself and always trusting in God.Lonnie also cherished the time he could spend with his sister Gayla Gailbraith (Winter); and was described as a protector of sorts. Most of all, Lonnie had a passion for adventure. He was never idle for long, and enjoyed spending time in the garage working on dirt bikes, riding dirt bikes and popping wheelies, dreaming and inventing, drafting up the next big farm operation, going on walks in the woods, spending time with his family and God, andhe held an appreciation for all things. Among other things, Lonnie was known for his generosity, and would literally give the shirt off his back for someone in need before ever asking for help himself. It was not unheard of for Lonnie to help a neighbor or stranger in need; he treated everyone the same. Put simply, Lonnie was a humble man with a heart for God. He knew the importance of maintaining a relationship with his Creator, and enjoyed talking about it with anyone that would listen.Lonnie’s smile, gentle eyes, and gracious soul will be greatly missed. His presence on this Earth was short, but well lived. May you ride on forever in hearts and memories.

Lonnie is survived by his father Gaylord Winter, Jackson, MN; uncle Harlan Winter, Aniston, AL; sister Gayla (Winter) &brother-in-law Kelly Galbraith Jackson, MN; daughters Halli (Winter) Gustafson Roseau, MN; Sadie Winter, Marietta, GA; MacKenzie Ehlers Lakefield, MN; son-in-law Nicholas Gustafson of Roseau, MN; and nieces Karrah (Libra) Lucht& Sara Libra Jackson, MN; and girlfriend Vanessa Olson, Fairmont, MN.

Lonnie was preceeded in death by Janice Winter, Gary Winter, Jack Winter, Gladys Winter (Halsurude), Howard Winter, Kathy Winter (Jones); Howard Jones; Mildred (Richardson) Jones.

 

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