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John Winger
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John J. Winger, 97, of Riverbank died Sunday, Dec. 26 in Sacramento.

He was born in Twin Falls, Idaho and traveled as a young child with his family to the Central Valley where they eventually settled in the Riverbank area. He attended Riverbank schools where he met his first wife, Vera Day.

Mr. Winger and his wife moved to Venice where he worked as a draftsman for Douglas Aircraft in the production of planes for the war effort. After the war, the family moved to Modesto where he gained employment as a warehouse manager and chief machinist at area canneries.

He was a 60-year member of Riverbank Masonic Lodge No. 459, enjoyed many outdoor activities such as camping and fishing, gardening, travel and boating. He donated many items to the Historical Society of Riverbank and was a docent as well.

He is survived by his daughters, Fay Dunbar and Pat Jackson; granddaughters, Gretchen Van Male of Bow, WA, Stacy Dunbar of El Cerrito, and Lisa Goerlich of Sacramento.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera; second wife, Mary Andrade Winger; brothers, Harold and Elmer Winger; and sisters, Edith Corson, Helen Welch, and Ruth Gospe.

Interment was held Jan. 4 at the Acacia Cemetery in a simple graveside service.

The Riverbank (Calif.) News

Jan. 5, 2011