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George A. Winter

George A. Winter

George Albert Winter, 87, of Austin, Minnesota died Monday, September 10, 2018, at his cabin in Bemidji, Minnesota following a battle with COPD. George was born August 13, 1931, in Albany Minnesota to Edward and Rose (Obermiller) Winter . He graduated from Albany High School and St. Cloud State Teachers College. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he taught in Hibbing, St. Cloud, and Austin, Minnesota. His hobbies included woodcarving, woodworking, fishing, crossword puzzles, travelling, playing with his grandchildren, and spending time at his cabin. He was known for his gruff voice, kind heart, helping hands, and hardy laugh. He leaves his wife of 43 years, Diane (Johnson) Winter; his daughter, Inez Winter of Loretto, MN; his son, George W. Winter of Fayetteville, AR; his daughter, Nicole (Winter) Caporale of Austin, MN and son-in-law, Jonathan Caporale; six grandchildren, Erik (Jesse) Lillejord, Cyri (Eric) Van Hecke, Tyra Lillejord, Liliana Caporale, Kai Caporale, Malia Caporale; great-grandchildren, Victor Van Hecke, Avery Lillejord, Reagan Lillejord and many other close friends and relatives. He was predeceased by parents; his siblings, Elmer Jim Winters, Albert "Bert" Winter, Mary (Winter) Verbeke; and his first wife of 22 years, Marie (Pogatchnik) Winter. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14th at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston at a later date. Visitation will be held at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday one hour before the service. Memorials are preferred to the Down's Syndrome Association of Minnesota, the Hormel Nature Center, or the donor's choice.