Roger M. Van Winkle, 87, of Warren, IN, died Saturday, Feb. 2 2013, at 3:42 p.m. at Heritage Pointe, Warren.
Mr. Van Winkle had been a resident of the Warren area since 1936 and graduated from Jefferson Township High School in 1944. He earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, a master's degree from Purdue University and a certificate of school administration from Ball State University. He served in the cadet program of the Army Air Corps, became a commissioned officer in the Air Force Reserve and later served as a major in the Indiana Guard Reserve. He was a teacher and administrator in Huntington County schools for 38 years, retiring in 1988.
He had served on the Warren Town Council, Warren Plan Commission and Township Advisory Board. He served as president of the board of trustees of the Methodist Church and was appointed by Gov. Edgar Whitcomb as chairman of the Wabash Valley Reservoir Advisory Commission. He served as a Boy Scout merit badge counselor, was active in the Scout cabin reconstruction and was a 4-H leader.
He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Brown-Doyle Post 368 of the American Legion in Van Buren, Sons of the American Revolution, Shrine, Scottish Rite, Secondary School Principals, BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, Nut Growers Association and Experimental Aircraft Association.
He was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Lawrenceville, IL, to Frank M. and Dorotha Holmes Van Winkle. He married Freda J. Lynn on June 13, 1948, in Warren, and she survives.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Tamara Higgins, of Florida, and Taha Lynn Donohue, of Oregon; a son, Brent Van Winkle, of Florida; a sister, Ruth Anne Welker, of Marion; two grandsons, Jeff Higgins, of Florida, and Evan Donohue, of Oregon; and great-grandchildren.
There are no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Van Winkle had participated in studies at the IU Parkinson's Research Center, Indianapolis, and was an anatomical donor for Parkinson's brain research.
Glancy-H. Brown & Son Funeral Home, Warren, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or www3.parkinson.org/goto/RogerVanWinkle.