James Winkler, III

Born on 1943-03-16

Departed on 2010-05-25

Resided in Fredericksburg, VA

James M. “Jim” Winkler, III, 67, of Stafford County succumbed to cancer on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 and has gone to be with the Lord.

Mr. Winkler was a life-long resident of Stafford, except for a few years where he lived in Jacksonville, Florida as a juvenile. He was a 1962 graduate of Stafford High School. Initially he worked at the US Naval Weapons Lab, Dahlgren; Army Research and Development Center, Fort Belvoir as an Engineering Draftsman working his way to Integrated Logistics Support Specialist; VSE Corporation as manager of the Marine Engineering. In 2005 he retired from Drug Enforcement Agency as an Information Technology Specialist.

Mr. Winkler also had a successful career in Real Estate and was affiliated with Aquia Realty, Mt.Vernon Realty, Weichert Realtors, and most recently with Avery-Hess Realtors. He operated his grandparents “Country Store” at Winkler’s Corner in the mid 60’s.

A member of the Falmouth Baptist Church, Mr. Winkler was also active in the Brooke community, where he lived most of his life. He was a long-time member of the Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, where he developed plans and oversaw the building of the Fellowship Hall in the 1970’s. He was a Charter & Life Member of the Brooke volunteer Fire Department. He developed plans, selected contractor and oversaw expansion of the Brooke Volunteer Fire Department also in the 70’s. Mr. Winkler was elected to the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and served on the Board of Supervisors 1978-1981.

He is survived by his cherished wife and friend of 46 years, Cassandra Olive Winkler, two daughters, that adored him, Kendra Harley and her husband, Luther Harley; Leanne Winkler all of Stafford; his brother, David W. Winkler and wife, Nancy Suthard Winkler of Stafford; his sister, Brenda L. Hall and husband, C. Dale Hall of Wirtz; two grandchildren, Shannon Harley and Clayton Harley; and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Deanna Phenice, his father, James M. Winkler, II, his mother, Eva Kearns Winkler Townsend, and his step-father, James Townsend.

A service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 28 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg with Rev. Leslie Powers officiating.
Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Falmouth Baptist Church 302 Colonial Ave Fredericksburg, VA 22405 or to Mary Washington Hospice 5012 Southpoint Parkway Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

58 thoughts on James Winkler, III

  1. James Houck on said:

    We have lost a wonderful man. He is currently having cocktail hour with my parents John and Kathryn Houck who loved him dearly.

  2. Carlyle & Judy Fines on said:

    Cassandra & Family
    We were saddened to hear about Jimmy, please know that you are in our thoughts and Prayers in the days to come. May the Lord Bless and help you heal from your sorrow and know that you will see Jimmy again. It will be in a far better place, this we have been promised. Take care and GOD BLESS!

  3. Karen Robinson Winkler on said:

    Cassandra, Kendra, Leanne, Brenda and David –

    I am so sorry for your loss. The lasting impression I have of Jimmy is the love he had for his family. He was one of the best and will be missed by all who knew him. Thinking of all of you during his difficult time.

  4. Laura & Les Davis on said:

    Our deepest sympathies to Cassandra and the family, I have known Jim for many years, not only did he is assist me in the selling and buying of several homes, he and Cassandra attended my wedding in July 06. I am happy to have had the pleasure of knowing such a wonderful man, he will be missed.

  5. James T. Oyler on said:

    Our hearts go out to his family, may the peace of the Lord be with you during this time. Jimmy was a Gentlemen.

  6. Wanda and John Fortune on said:

    May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

  7. Bea McMillan on said:

    My Family and I sends you strength and prayer doing this time of sorrow. But remember:

    God didn’t promise
    days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

  8. Jeanie Pelkey on said:

    I wish to express at this time my sincere deepest sympathy to you Leanne and your family for your loss. May the wonderful memories you had shared with your father fill your heart and find you peace.

  9. Dennis Joyner on said:

    Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one. You are in my prayers as you go through this very difficult time. God bless.

  10. Paula Morgan on said:

    Although no words can really help to ease your loss, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

  11. Shelia Ashby on said:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Jimmy, he was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family. He is going to be deeply missed.

  12. Dorothy Wright on said:

    Leanne and Family, Sorry to hear about your loss. My prayer are with you and remember you will always have your memories.

  13. Gil Joyner on said:

    Condolences to my friend Leanne Winkler and her family, I’m sorry for your loss. My prayers for you are that God will continue to bless and keep you all during and after this dificult time of bereavement.

  14. ida & max davenport on said:

    Cassandra and family, Please except our condolences on Jimmy’s passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time. We love you both and he will surely missed. Love and Max

  15. Lisa Helton on said:

    Leanne and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Through this difficult time, turn your heart to God for He will take good care of you. You are all in His hands.

    ~~I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new
    I thought about you yesterday and days before that too,
    I think of you in silence I often speak your name
    All I have are memories and your picture in a frame
    Your memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part
    GOD has you in His keeping I have you in my heart. ~~

  16. Bobbi Kleckner on said:

    Leanne and family,

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I know how close you were to your father and what an influence he had on your life. He left quite a legacy….and was so loved. The heart remembers most what it has loved best. May memories comfort you and bring you peace.

    Much love,
    Bobbi, Jonathan, Cooper and Elliott

  17. Ron&Jan Bowling on said:

    We are so sorry.

  18. laurie rodick on said:

    my heart goes out to all of you. we are sending prayers and all our love.

  19. Misty Wright on said:

    I will remember his kindness that he showed me at the Winkler home. I LOVE YOU WINKLER FAMILY! I’am here for you all!!!

  20. Ed & Anne Snyder on said:

    We will always remember our really good times together and how good a friend and neighbor Jim was to us. Our families have always been close and I know that will continue. We love you all. You are in our prayers.

  21. Mason Haynesworth on said:

    To the Winkler Family ,

    Our Prayers and thoughts are with you doing this time of bereavement.
    Please do not hesitate to call for anything.

    God Bless,
    Mason Haynesworth & Family

  22. Claire Marlar on said:

    Dear Leanne, I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish the wonderful memories that you have of your Dad. You and your family have my heartfelt sympathy. Love, Claire

  23. Eloise Morrisey on said:


    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  24. Brenda Rulapaugh on said:

    In times like these, words seem so inadequate. My heartfelt condolence goes out to you and your family and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish the memories.

  25. Dave and Nancy on said:

    Forever in our hearts.

  26. Rita Albritton on said:

    Leanne and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father’s spirit and greatness will always be a part of you.

    Dad’s Love Remains

    Those we love remain with us
    For love itself lives on,
    And cherished memories never fade
    Because a loved one’s gone.
    Those we love can never be
    More than a thought apart,
    Far as long as there is memory,
    They’ll live on in the heart.
    author unknown

  27. Betty on said:

    I feel that anything I can say will be futile at this time. When I read of Jimmy’s death, I was so shocked that I could not at first believe it. My sympathy goes to you and your family from the bottom of my heart.
    Betty Fitzgerald

  28. Fagan Whitewolf on said:


    Me and my family thoughts are with you and your family.

  29. Carol Whitley & family on said:

    I was so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s illness and passing, Rene’ kept me posted since she works at the hospital. However,I’m sure it is comforting to know his suffering has ended and he is now with our Lord. May the wonderful memories you all have of him sustain you in the days ahead.
    With Love, Carol Whitley & Family.

  30. Jack Dixon on said:

    To the Winkler Family & Friends,

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I knew Jim at MERADCOM and as Stafford County Supervisor in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Great guy!

  31. La Tonja Davis on said:

    My condolences go out to you and your family during your time of loss.

    Psalm 34:18
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

  32. Gerald F Wilber on said:

    One of the good guys I had the
    privilige to know.

  33. Virginia Chilton on said:

    Cassandra and family the class of 1962 sends our Sincere Sympathy to you and your family. We have great memories to hold in our hearts as you do.
    Classmates of 1962

  34. Veronica Newton on said:

    I’m a friend/co-worker of Leanne’s. I’m sorry for the family’s loss; seek comfort in the beautiful memories he shared as a husband, father, friend, grandfather, son, brother, protector and provider. Lean on our Heavenly Father for strength and comforting in this dire time. Believing as time passes the moment will come, the pain eases, the tears not so often, a peace and calmness will come from within, knowing his love lives on in your hearts each day. God Bless!

  35. Caroline Brown on said:

    Leanne, Cassandra and Kendra,
    Although I only had the privilege to meet your father a handful of times, each of those times left me with a warm impression. He had a wonderful smile and always made me feel welcome. I know you have a lifetime of wonderful memories, and sadly they have been cut short years too early. May you move on with your lives knowing he is looking down upon you all with love and pride.

  36. Pam Shelton-Smith on said:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you all during this time and comfort you. God Bless you all.

  37. Darrell Tremblay on said:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Darrell and Karen Tremblay

  38. Jo D. Knight on said:

    We have warm memories of Jimmy and we hate to hear of his passing. If we can be of assistance in this time of need, please let us know.

    Jo & JD

  39. Carol Darby on said:

    I wanted to share with the family my wonderful memories of Jim back in the early 90’s when I got my real estate license. Jim had a buyer for one of my first listings. My clients were ready to lose the house to foreclosure and I worked every angle with VA to keep the house out of foreclosure. Even though we were from different real estate offices, Jim helped me greatly so that his buyer could fulfill their dream of owning a home and I know he went the extra mile just to help me since I was new to the business. We stayed in touch for awhile; though I lost touch I still thought of him fondly from time to time. I was deeply saddened to hear of his death and I send the family my sincerest condolences.

  40. Ken Benson on said:

    Cassandra and Family,
    Jimmy was truely a gentleman, friend and outstanding person. He contributed much to the Brooke Fire Dept, community and Stafford Co. I know he’s with the good folks he’s known and helped while loaned to us. May God bless you and yours during this time of sorrow.

  41. Karen R. Shindel on said:

    I just wanted to let you know that your family is in my prayers and I know what an emotional and difficult time this is for you all so my prayers are going out to you all and remember Jim is in a better place and I know he will be missed but he will always be in your HEARTS!!!!

  42. Dwight M. Phelps on said:

    Take all you remember from your father and keep it in your heart forever. He will still be there for you.
    Dwight & Family

  43. Sylvia Spencer on said:

    Cassandra, Kendra, Leeanne, David and Brenda and families, may God embrace you all with His love and see your through the days to come. He has prepared a place for all his children and we just have to wait our turn. I recall our “youth” and Jimmy and his family and you as well Cassandra and I will always have these fond memories in my heart. Life is not fair, BUT God is good and He is there for us. I love all of you and feel the loss in my heart for your dear Jimmy. Sylvia

  44. Jayne Gordon-White on said:

    My condolences go to you at this time.

  45. Rev. Frederick Donahoe on said:

    . As a member of the Board of Supervisors Jim was instrumental in helping us worship in the courthouse, until we were able to build St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. I am sure he is receiving his heavenly reward now. May he rest in peace, Pastor Fred Donahoe

  46. Ed Rudy on said:

    Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I worked with him in Bridge Division at Ft. Belvoir and later when he became a contractor. He was a great guy and will be missed by all he knew.

  47. Joe Wersching on said:

    I’m very sorry to her that Jim has passed away. I was just telling my son the other day about some of the jobs Jim and I worked on at Ft. Belvoir’s Bridge Div. I also worked with Jim after he went to VSE Corp. Jim was great to work with, he taught me everything about testing the Army’s bridging. He was the most organized and one of the hardest workers I ever met.

  48. Cheryl on said:

    Leanne I am very sorry for your lose

  49. Russ and Sam on said:

    Dear beloved friends,

    There are many things in life we don’t understand. So many decisions God makes we accept knowing in His infinite wisdom He keeps us from a worse fate in life or has a job for us in heaven for which we are needed now.

    We feel your pain and your loss. Jimmy was a wonderful person and meant so much to us. We have so many special memories of him and of you. We had prayed and hoped Jimmy would be healed and have much more time with those who love him most, all of you.

    Please know we love you and will continue to pray for all of you as your healing begins.

  50. Gary & Heidi Bullock on said:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim.He was a great man who touched many hearts.

  51. LINDA D GILLISPIE on said:

    To the Winkler family. I have worked for the Commissioner of Revenue’s office since 1974. I first met him in the office when he was into real estate. We shared in many conversations over the years. I am so very sad for his loss. Just remember to keep all of your great memories of him dear to your heart and hopefully time will help heal some of the pain. Sincerely

  52. Jim Carlson on said:

    Jim was definitely one of the “Good Guys” and he will be missed. My condolences to the family.

  53. Nancy Ferguson King on said:

    Cassandra my sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. I also extend sympathy to David and Brenda and their families. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  54. Cynthia Taylor on said:

    Kendra, words cannot express how sorry I am for you, Leanne, and your mother’s loss. But one thing I can promise is that with God’s help the pain does get easier as time goes on. There were a lot of beautiful things said about your father at the service today, so hold on to those words and keep these wonderful memories in your hearts. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. With much love.


  55. Claude & Nancy Byram on said:

    We offer our sincere sympathy to all the family at this time. Jim was so helpful in the sale of Nancy’s parents home several years ago. You will be in our hearts and prayers.

  56. Maria Sears Snider on said:

    Cassandra, my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Jimmy, David and Brenda were all so very dear to the Sears family. My mother especially love them all – having been their 3rd grade teacher. There are so many memories – I was profoundly touched by Jimmy’s sweet spirit, kind heart, and loving and sensitive care of his family. Never forget, he’s just a thought away – he’ll ALWAYS be with his 3 girls! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. May the Lord hold you all in the “palm of His hand.” I pray that this time will be a peaceful time of reflection as you all celebrate the life of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Bless you all!

  57. Gladys and James Crouse on said:

    Cassandra, Our love and prayers have been with you at this time. Jimmie had a stroke a year ago last March. He is not able to attend. Please take care of yourself and hope to see you soon. Gladys

  58. Patty York on said:

    Cassandra, I have known Jim since buying a house from him more than 21 years ago. I have stayed in touch as he made an impact on me with his integrity and true sense of caring. I have carried the friendship since that time.

    My God bless you and your family with the thoughts that he is at peace with Him.

    Patty York

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