Charles Louis Winkelman, Sr. was born on May 14, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents were the late Ralph Carl and Irene Marie (Trost) Winkelman. Charles grew up in Minneapolis and attended Minneapolis South High School. On December 13, 1958 Charles married Virginia Lee Fernendez and their marriage was blessed with four children. Charles was employed with Jackson Gravesin Minneapolis. In 1978 he moved to Denver, Colorado where he was employed with 7-Eleven as a District Supervisor. In 1981 Charles returned to Minneapolis and his employment with Jackson Graves Charles has been employed with BRO-TEX INC, in Minneapolis for nearly 20 years. He drove for deliveries for many years and recently due to health conditions he operated as Shipping Manager for BRO-TEX INC. Charles enjoyed gambling and the races at Brainerd International Raceway. On March 29, 2009 Charles passed away peacefully on vacation in Arkansas at 68 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Charles is survived by 2 daughters: Terry Winkelman of Minneapolis and Sandra (Dino) Canale of Gentry, Arkansas; 2 sons: Charles “Butch” Winkelman, Jr. of Minneapolis and Chad Winkelman & Jody Ternes of Eagen; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Marilyn Balck of Minneapolis; brothers: Kenny Winkelman of Fort Worth, Texas and Duane ( Jessie) Winkelman of Zion, Illinois; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, co-workers and a host of friends.