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Raymond Winka

veteranDec 17th, 1929 - Dec 29th, 2019

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2020, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Flora

Visitation: 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday evening, January 3, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Rosary: 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home

Interment: St. Stephen Cemetery, Flora


   Raymond “Ray” R. Winka, age 90, of Flora, Illinois, passed away early Sunday morning, December 29, 2019.

   He was born December 17, 1929, in Flora, the son of Theodore and Mary (Rozanski) Winka.  He was united in marriage to Irene V. Anderson on January 14, 1961, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Flora and they have shared 58 wedding anniversaries together.

   Ray was a graduate of Flora High School and served in the Army during the Korean War.  He worked at J.C. Borah Motor Sales, Sparton Manufacturing, First National Bank, and retired from World Color Press in Effingham after 23 years.  He was an active member in his church, St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, and was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus for years.

   He was an avid sports fan and loved coaching his son’s ball teams.  He also loved watching his Chicago Bears, Fighting Irish, and the St. Louis Cardinals.  He was known for his love of gardening and raised strawberries for many years.  He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time teaching his sons to hunt and fish and enjoyed his fall trips to the river with his daughter looking for hickory nuts.   

   He is survived by his wife: Irene Winka of Flora; 5 children: Mike (Tina) Winka of Flora, Debbie Keller of Olney, Mark (Janet) Winka of Xenia, Tracy Winka of St. Louis, MO, and Brent Winka of Flora; 8 grandchildren: Lindsay Keller Andrews, Josh Winka, Matthew Winka, Hailey Winka, Ryan Winka, Nicholas Winka, Brooke Winka, and Jordan Winka; and 3 great-grandchildren: Keller, Harper, and Nora, with a 4th on the way.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and 13 siblings, with one surviving sister, Lucille Winka, in Littleton, Colorado.

   Ray was loved by everyone who met him and always had a story to share.  He will be deeply missed.

   Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8: 00 p.m. Friday evening, January 3, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, with a Rosary Service to begin at 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass is to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Flora, with Father Charles Anyaoku and Father James Nall concelebrating.  Burial will follow in St. Stephen Cemetery with the presentation of military funeral honors.  Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Cutters and Strutters JAKES event or Clay County Cancer Crusaders and will be accepted through the funeral home.  


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Don & Janice Thomas

December 30th

So sorry for your loss. Will always cherish the memories made growing up near such a wonderful man. Always remember him working in the strawberry patch. He will be missed by all who knew him,

Don & Janice Thomas

December 30th

So sorry for your loss. Will always cherish the memories made growing up near such a wonderful man. Always remember him working in the strawberry patch. He will be missed by all who knew him,

Jim and Cheryl McCarty

December 30th

Ray was such a nice man and a stellar example of how to live a good life. Prayers for all the family to find peace in the coming days.

Vince Guerrettaz

December 30th

God bless your soul Ray, and may He provide your loved ones with the comfort of your salvation through your beautiful life.

Gary Burton

December 30th

Fondly remembered as my first Little League coach. He made a lasting positive impression.

Bud & Linda Martin

December 30th

We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

John & Jamie Kindle

December 30th

Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. What a great father and husband. Rest in peace, Ray. We love you all.

Wanda Eastin

December 30th

So sad to learn of Ray's passing. May our Heavenly Father comfort you now and in the days to come.

Bill and Robin Atwood

December 30th

What a fine family Mr. Ray Winka headed up! We are so sorry for your loss. A loss to so many whether family or friends.

Anita Eberlen Cruver

December 30th

Sending heartfelt condolences to you Aunt Irene and to my cousins. I will always remember Uncle Ray as a gentle soul with a most infectious laugh, just like his sister Stella, my Mom. I believe Mom has welcomed her brother into heaven and they are sharing wonderful stories and watching over us. May God hold you all gently in the palm of His hand. 🙏🏻❤️ Love from your niece and cousin, Anita

Jean McDaniel

December 30th

Irene, Mike, Tina and family, So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Meryl Woods Jr

December 30th

So very sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Carl & Tina Persinger

December 30th

So Sorry for ur Loss, Ray was a Good Person inside and out, he would do anything for anyone! His memory will live on in the lives of Many for sure!!!

Jim Jones

December 30th

Always a gentleman! Bless his Spirit!

Melody Weigand

December 30th

What a great guy, who raised an amazing family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Melody

Lisa Erbacher

December 31st

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God comfort you.

David Toombs

December 31st

So sorry to Ray's family for the loss of a great man and good friend. I remember Ray working in the bank at Flora as a youth and I worked with Ray at WCP in Effingham. Ray was always stopping me with a story about Flora or his kids. My friend, keep your gardening growing in Heaven, see you later.

Norma Clarner

December 31st

So very sorry for your loss

Janet Lewis Heuerman

December 31st

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So many wonderful memories with Ray and your entire family growing up.

Beth Corbett

December 31st

So very sorry to the Winka family for your loss. Ray was such a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Don Morkin

December 31st

A good Christian man. He was my sponsor when I was Confirmed in 1954. My family and I thought a lot of Ray.

Nola Leanna

December 31st

Irene and family, so very sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was a great neighbor and a wonderful gardener, and will be so missed in the neighborhood. My prayers are with you all.

Jerry and Carolyn Bible

December 31st

To the entire Winka Family, you have our deepest sympathy on the loss of Ray. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Glenn & Joni

December 31st

Ray will be missed by many.. A pillar of the community, a pillar of the Church, ant the head of a great family.. Rest in peace good and faithful one..

Tiffany payne

January 3rd

Oh how I’m going to miss you my sweet friend. The way you thanked me for doing the littlest favor for you. The praise I got for bringing you a glass of tea. I’m gonna miss you so much. You were one of my favorites and I was one of yours. You always called me your muscles. The way your face lit up when my daughter came in your room and sang to you on Christmas Eve will be a image I’ll cherish forever. Farewell my friend!!!

Michael & Kayla Anderson

January 1st

Always friendly! Loved his smile & seeing with pretty wife Irene.

Carla Sehie Ellsworth

January 1st

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers.

Lisa Shaw

January 3rd

My heart thoughts and prayers go out to you Mrs Irene and your beautiful family. My God comfort you and give you strength during his time of grief. Remember to pray constantly and ask for Gods guidance and reassurance in this difficult time ❤

Tim Stephenson

January 3rd

Dear Winka Family, I am so sorry for your loss, I just learned of Ray’s passing. My heart is heavy, as is most of the community. I remember all of the times he was willing to spend with us kids, learning to play little league as well as his stories he would tell. I still remember them all. Brent, we cherish each of those moment we have with our parents. I too recently lost that special person to me, My Dear Sweet Mother, she and Ray shared common characteristics – The love of helping others and joy of seeing it paid forward. Sending my Sincere Condolences to the Winka Family during this time.

Cody McGehee

January 3rd

Ray was the funniest man alive and told the best fishing stories of all time, what an awesome guy. Thoughts with the family!

Terry Igert

January 3rd

Praying for you all!!! May God give you comfort and peace!!!

Phil and Ginny Rogers

January 3rd

Sorry for your loss.

Madonna Weishaar Patton

January 3rd

Ray was my direct boss at Crossroads Press. We had many good laughs together in the bindery office. Ray always talked about his family and raising his strawberries. We had many good times together with the bindery office group. My sympathy to Ray's family.

Mark McCarty

January 5th

My condolences on your loss of a good man. I've not seen Ray in years, but I remember him as being solid in his goodness. My mother worked with Ray both at Sparton and the First National Bank, and she thought the world of him. I also worked planting strawberries for him somewhere before 1970. I am sorry to see Ray leave us, but grateful that he was with us so long.

Rick Gibbs

January 4th

So sorry for your family’s loss. He was a super guy. Loved going to sporting events with his Josh and my Josh participating in summer and school sports together

Pee Wee Denton

January 4th

I worked with Ray at World Color Press and he was so much fun to work with. We joked a lot and kidded the girls in the office a lot. He was a fine man to work with and I truly enjoyed my time with him.

Janet and Frank Herman

January 4th

Condolences to the Winka family! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.



Jim and Cheryl McCarty
Jerry and Mary Ellis
Yancey and Lori Glassford & Family
Clifford Willison
Brenda Rinehart
Charlotte Tolliver
Bill & Jill McDonald
Vince Guerrettaz
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Mike and Emily Putbrese
Doug & Marsha Hockman
Don Thomas
Ken & Tammy Haven
Marilyn Stanford
Ray, Shannon & Shad
Patti Tackitt ORyan
Don and Mary Smith
Jerry "Butch" Erwin
Norman Phillips
Ted & Jackie Richardson
Sally Millar
Chuck & Nancy Buchanan
Vickie Buckley
Kevin and Linda ( Martin) Ray
Bud & Linda Martin
Gene & Betty Pieplow
Larry and Sue Kramer
Clara Booth
Diana & Greg Rutland
Galen & Neoma Gill
Bill & Kay Kitley
Carol & Jerry Wood
Bosco and Kathy Gibson
Walt and Doloris Brewer
Linda Harrell Judd
Mike and Emily Putbrese
Dennis and Paula Frutiger
Darrell and Debbie Gummert
Jimmy Sessions
Jane Forth Harris
Charlotte Dulaney
Bruce & Robbin Dickey
Troy and Sandy Thomas
David and Jeanne Duke
David and Sue Burt
Don, Jane and Darren Delaney
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Casey and Deb Eastin
John & Jamie Kindle
Pete & Esther Walker
David & Judy Bryden
Bruce &Nannette Richards
Peggy Coble
Ron & Mary Anne Ayers
Howard and Connie Wyman
Larry & Sue Williams
Jean Webster
Ryan & Megan Winka
Troy and Kim Welty
Phil & Jane Henson
Tom and Button Pemberton
Pam (Stephenson) Kincaid
Diane Johnson and Wayne Eastin
Larry Frost
Janet Lewis Heuerman
Mary Anne Thompson Pittman
Todd & Courtney Keller
Wanda Eastin
Bill and Robin Atwood
Philip & Lavonne Kemmerer
Joann Stanford
Carla(Dulaney)Don Evans
Cheri Laughlin Wildbur
Lance, Bobby, And Hunter Osborne
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
Jim and Sandy Sulsberger
Steve and Cindy Valbert
Sheldon & June Smith
Tom and Judy Beyers
Rick and Trudy Stanford
Mike and Linda Welty
Anita Eberlen Cruver
Bill and Jane O'Dell
Randy Wells
Marie & John Moran
Jean McDaniel
Chris Osborn
James and Mary West
Rachel Denton & Kaylee
Tim & Jana Tolliver
Mary Reynolds
Garold Hosselton
Meryl Woods Jr
Carl & Tina Persinger
Dennis and Shirley Conard
Dennis and Candace Goodman
Ruth Stanford
Tom and Della Welch
Dennis and Betty Cox
Neal & Janet Fehrenbacher
Kathy 'Gertie'Griffith
Nyal and Vicki
Julie Giddens
Ed and Wanda Harrell
Lisa Erbacher
Snuffy & Liz Beard
Richard & Karen Herring
Linda Harrell Judd
Darren and Paula Peach
Stephanie, Mattie & Emma
Jeff and Jessica Block
Norma Clarner
Marty & Peggy Leigh
David & Diane Hemphill
John & Marla Corry
Stephanie Funkhouser
Bonnie Osborne
Kevin & Sheila Glaspy
Judy Holroyd
Jean Guerrettaz
Darrell & Dawn Cox
Landon, Kaitlyn, and Landrey Eade
Jim Miglin
Steve and Ruby Barnes
Jim Miglin
Dorothy Uebinger
Sandy & Willie Thompson
Tom and Mary Beth Lancaster
Alan Huff
Dana and Janet Franklin
Jeff and Janice Harr
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Jim McGehee
Beth Corbett
Marilyn Lewis
Donna (Bowen)Hartke
Norman and Brenda Garrison
Peggy Ann Luther
Lonnie and Sherylynn Hostettler
Connie Eads & John Beppler
Lou and Beth Sulsberger
Lance,Bobby, And Hunter Osborne
Gary & Terry Lane
Becky Holman Tanzer
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Terry Igert
Tiffany Payne
Steve and Marilyn (Winka) Masler
Doug and Becky Krutsinger
Phil and Ginny Rogers
Janet and Frank Herman
Clem and Marilyn Hilmes
Debra, Emily, Trevor White
Debra, Emily, Trevor White


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