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Delbert Winkler
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1890
Henry County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1967
Rush County
Indiana, USA

A Rush County Retrospect, Volume 2, page 387-388

Delbert Winkler

Delbert Winkler was born in Henry County July 2, 1890 to George and Lurinda Jamison Winkler. The family moved to Posey Township, Rush County, in the late 1890's. George and Lurinda were natives of Estill County, Kentucky. Delbert was one of ten children.
Delbert received his education in the Arlington School, Posey Township. He was married to Letha Marshall on November 18, 1911. She was a descendant of Wilson Laughlin, brother of William B. Laughlin who named Rushville. She had six brothers and sisters: Dewey and Deweese ((Stanley)), twins; William F., judge of the Rush County Circuit Court; Erma ((Woods)), Muriel Joy, and Frances ((May)). Muriel and Frances died in childhood.
Delbert and Letha were the parents of five children: Cyrus (b. August 2, 1912), married to Edith Shearer. and the father of Norman Lee and Jerry Wayne; Frances ((Rucker», (b. 12.26-1914), mother of Ronald and Bonnie (Parks»); Willetta ((Beckner)), (b.
7.3-1917), mother of William E., Malcolm, Goldie Ellen, and
Kenneth; Malcolm was killed while serving in the United States Air Force; Doris ((Northam)), (b. 2-22-1919), mother of Carl Maurice and Bruce; Juanita ((Long)), (b. 5.8-1921), mother of Larry, Lyle, Lonna, Donna ((North)), and Brenda ((Krug)). There are twenty-nine great-grandchildren.
Delbert and Letha lived on a farm northwest of Arlington until they moved south of Arlington to a smaller farm. Letha Marshall Winkler died August 14, 1922. Delbert reared all the children until they were out of high school before he remarried.
Delbert operated a gravel pit south of Arlington. He furnished gravel for Posey Township roads. In the beginning the gravel was hauled in wagons pulled by horses. The wagons had slats in the bottom which were pulled out one at a time to distribute the gravel on the road. The gravel was then leveled by hand. In the last few years, before blacktopping began trucks were used. Delbert served as Republican assessor for Posey Township.
He was elected on November 2, 1926, having received 315 votes, and took office on January 1, 1927. He also drove a school bus for the Arlington school, starting in 1927. Delbert, Claude Ramsey, and Romie McFall built the school bus in Romie's barn. He purchased a Chevrolet chassis and built the school bus on this. It was painted yellow. In the winter they used it as a school bus and in the spring they removed the bus and used the chassis for a gravel truck. They ran the exhaust pipe under the center seat and out the back to provide heat for the students.
The Winkler home was destroyed by fire in 1930. The house was rebuilt in the same location and still stands today.
While the family was growing up, they all pitched in to help with a truck farm. They grew cabbage, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, and strawberries which they sold to Meos' fruit and vegetable market in Rushville. In the fall they gathered walnuts to sell. They trapped turtles and sold them to Jake Reeves' meat Market in Arlington.
Delbert married Leatha Rump Kennedy on 10-22-1938. One daughter, Linda Lou ((James)), was born to them. Linda Lou is the mother of Michael, Douglass, and Travis. Leatha worked at the Original Tractor Cab Company in Arlington for twenty years.
She died 6-2-1973.
Delbert was a member of the Arlington Christian Church and the Modern Woodmen's Lodge. He died January 6, 1967.

Written by Priscilla and Norman Winkler

Knightstown Banner 1-12-1967 page 12


Arlington - Funeral Services were conducted Modnay afternoon from the Moster and Sons Mortuary in Rushville by the REv. Howard Mountcastle for Delbert Winkler, 76, retired gravel pit owner and operator, who died at his home on R. 1 Arlington, Friday evening following an illness of several years.

Surviving are the widow, Leatha; one son, Cyrus Winkler of R. 5 Rushivlle; five daughters, Mrs. Frances rucker, south of here, Mrs. Linda James of Indiana Head, MD, Mrs. Willetta Beckner of R. 6 Rushville, Mrs. Doris Northan of Portland and Mrs. Juanita Long of Muncie; a sister, Mrs. Girtha William of Indianapolis, 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchild. Preceding him in death were eight brothers and sisters.

Having been in the gravel business from 1919 to 1962, Mr. Winkler had reesided at his present home since 1919.

Born on July 2, 1890, Mr. Winkler was a native of Henry County and the son of George and Lurinda Jamison Winkler. His first wife, the former Letha Marshall, died on August 14, 1922. He was marred on October 22, 1938 to Leathae Rumph Kennedy.

Mr. Winkler was a member of the Arlington Christian Church and the Modern Woodmen Lodge of Arlington.

Burial was in the Arlington East Hill Cemetery.
Family links: 
  George Anderson Winkler (1850 - 1934)
  Lurinda Jamison Winkler (1852 - 1934)
  Letha M Marshall Winkler (1893 - 1922)*
  Leatha R Rumph Winkler (1905 - 1973)*
  Cyrus A. Winkler (1912 - 1991)*
  Frances M Winkler Rucker (1914 - 2001)*
  Juanita Winkler Long (1921 - 2001)*
  Lona Winkler Fritter (1869 - 1929)*
  Orie Winkler (1871 - 1958)*
  Harry Winkler (1873 - 1873)*
  Lennie Winkler (1875 - 1940)*
  Jess Winkler (1877 - 1956)*
  Ira F. Winkler (1879 - 1881)*
  Delbert Winkler (1890 - 1967)
*Calculated relationship
Arlington East Hill Cemetery
Rush County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Apr 17, 2009
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Delbert Winkler
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