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William Thomas Winters

February 25, 1927 — July 31, 2022

William "Bill" Thomas Winters, 95, of Columbia City, Indiana, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022 at his home. Born February 25, 1927 in Harrison, Indiana, he was the son of Oliver and Anna (Haas) Winters.

He attended local schools while growing up in Harrison. Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army during WWII. Before going overseas, he was at the Pic Wic Restaurant in Alabama when a red headed waitress caught his eye. As fate would have it, Bill would win over the love of Dolores Currie and the two married on August 23, 1947 in Whitley County, Indiana.

Being a hard worker, Bill worked two jobs. In 1948, he began work at Blue Bell and in 1960 began working second shift at Kroger's for the next 13 years. After the Columbia City Blue Bell factory closed in 1978, Bill began consulting for Blue Bell and got the opportunity to travel the world with his job. He then worked for Indiana Knit Wear from 1981 until the closure of the Columbia City facility and became a consultant for them for the next several years. He was a member of Columbia City First Church of God.

In his younger years, Bill enjoyed roller skating, dancing, and taking his kids on Sunday afternoons to play miniature golf in North Webster followed by Dairy Queen. Bill loved the outdoors, being in his yard, mowing, collecting sticks for kindling, cutting wood and driving his car. While driving in the car with Dolores it was not uncommon to hear the two listening to the Beatles and singing along.

Bill is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Winters; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Tom Brockhaus, and Tami and Brent Drew; grandchildren, Janice (Warren) Harker, Dede (Darin) Dankelson, Mark (Colleen) Winters, Craig (Christina Winer) Winters, Gia (Cory) Herron and Dane Drew; and great-grandchildren, Haley, Zack, Lexi, Peter, Jacob, Elle, Kate, Coban and Kade. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Winters; grandchildren, Brant Winters and Justin Hostetler; brothers, George Winters and Charles Winters; and sisters, Loretta Doerr, Della Evans.

Funeral services will be 3 pm Sunday, August 14, 2022 with Funeral Celebrant/Daughter Sharon Brockhaus, officiating at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City and visitation beginning at 1 pm.  A private burial will take place where Bill will be laid to rest beside his wife at Greenhill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in Bill's memory to Children's Craniofacial Association (CCA) or the Alzheimer's Association. Visit to send William's family online condolences or sign the online guest book.

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