John Winter, W5AMR

John Edwin Winter, 78, passed away June 1, 2016, at his home shortly after being diagnosed with pancreas cancer. John was born in North Aurora, IL, to Sidney and Margaret Glover Winter on April 9, 1938. He graduated Earlville High School in 1957, enlisted in the Air Force, attended Lewis College earning a Aircraft and Power Plant license. He proudly worked as a mechanic, avionics mechanic, crew chief and inspector at American Airlines in St. Louis, Los Angeles and Tulsa for 34 years. After meeting on a blind date, John and Peggy Compton were married for 48 years. They had one daughter, Dr. Laura Winter, Tyler, TX. John was a ham radio operator (W5AMR) for 50 plus years. He served several terms as American Airlines Radio Club president. He was a member of Mensa and an avid computer researcher. His first computer was a TRS80 and most recent was a Mac. John was a charter member of GloryLand Baptist Church, Broken Arrow, OK. and very active in its rebuilding. He was heard many times advising “radioers” “Don’t be late for Sunday School.” John enjoyed watching NASCAR races and hockey and football but extra special were the St. Louis Cardinals and Oklahoma City Thunder. John is survived by his wife, Peggy, and daughter, Dr. Laura Winter, one brother, Dan Winter ( Marian), Decatur, IL, nephew Jay Winter (Dave), niece Dr. Sarah Winter Ringle (Aaron), grandniece, Kathryn Ringle, and many relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Jones Ridge Cemetery of Delaplaine care of Donald Gillean at 1401 North Marr, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455. Memorial services will be at GloryLand Baptist Church,18610 East 91st Street, Broken Arrow, OK, Wednesday, June 8, at 11:00 AM.