Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Harvey Winger

Harvey John Winger was born in 1951 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to Howard and Florence Winger.  He grew up in the Lawrence Lake area and attended Greenway High School, graduating in 1969.

Soon afterwards, he entered the Marine Corp and served in Okinawa, Japan and Vietnam.  He married Josephine Hurlbut in 1976 and later divorced.  He married Gale Luoma in 1986 and lived in Longville, Minnesota.  In the 1990s, he went back to college in Staples, Minnesota, earning an associates degree in his passion, robotics.

He also lived in Iowa, in Council Bluffs and Traer, living there for 15 years.  He was known as Grandpa to many and very active in his community.  In 2015 he moved to Sumter, South Carolina to work for Caterpillar, programming and troubleshooting the manufacturing robots.

Harvey loved being with family, COFFEE, his robots playing chess and his books.  He was very quiet and shy, unless you brought up his favorite subjects, then he would talk your ear off.  Although he was quiet, he had strong morals and values and was not afraid to speak his mind to help someone back on the right path.

He is survived by his wife Gale, daughters Marie Lamb (TN) and Marsha Turner (OK) and sons Michael Luoma (Hawaii) and Bill Dinsmore (MN).  Also survived by his sister Becky Iverson (MN) brothers Tag and Harold Winger (MN),  and grandchildren Esme Lamb, Sandra, Angel and Anthony Morrisson.

Preceded in death by wife Josephine, parents Howard and Florence, brother David and neice Mary Helen.

Harvey lost his battle with COPD on October 11, 2019.  Even when he was sick, he encouraged and offered support and advice to so many in our lives.  He leaves a strong legacy of love, patience and kindness.

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