Richard “Dick” Dean Wintrode, age 78, passed away with his wife Sheila and stepson, Casey by his side on April 14, 2023, at The Oklahoma Heart Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born March 28, 1945, in Alahambra, California to Robert Chester Wintrode and Jessie Cleo (Degraffenreid) Wintrode.
On August 16, 1965, Dick joined the United States Navy. He served on the USS Kersarge and served one tour in Vietnam. He was Honorably discharged on January 16, 1969. Upon discharge from the Navy, Dick joined his brother Charles in Arizona, and started his lifelong career as a Union Pipefitter. Dick worked as a Pipefitter in Arizona, California, Coffeyville, KS and finishing his career and entered into retirement with Pipefitters Local #533 out of Kansas City, Missouri.
Dick married the Love of His Life, Sheila Brown-Wintrode in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 12, 1994. They were happily together for 35 years. Together, they made their home in Grand Lake, Oklahoma. Dick is proceeded in death by, his father Robert, his Mother Cleo, his Brothers Charles, Chester, Paul, Robert, and Jack, his Sister Mary Lou Brumley and nephew Stephen Wintrode. Dick is survived by his Wife Sheila of Grove, Oklahoma, his sister Janie of Rancho Cucamunga, Califronia, stepsons Cary Brown of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Casey Brown of Louisburg, Kansas, great nephew Stuart (April) Wintrode of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Grandkids Nick (Meera) Brown of Austin, Texas, Zack (Sara) Brown of Des Moines, Iowa, Cass Brown of Louisburg, Kansas, Carmen Brown of Louisburg, Kansas and Whitney Chavez of Grove, Oklahoma. Great-Grandkids Joshua and Jocelyn of Chicago, Illinois. Great-great nephews, Wesley and Corbin Wintrode of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Nieces Linda Williamson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sarah Lynn Kvilhaug, Shannon Brumley and nephew Bobby Wintrode of California. And many more nieces and nephews.
The family is hosting a memorial service in the Veteran’s Patio at Restlawn Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas (Cline Rd & Woodland) on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 3:00 pm. The family invites everyone to join them for a meal furnished by the Auxiliary to celebrate Dick’s life at the VFW Post #1022 (8th & Lewark) immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the VFW Post #1022 of Coffeyville, Kansas. Contributions may be left at the VFW or with Chaplain J.T. Lyon.