Virginia Beach- Harold Richard Winters died January 19, 2018, just six days before his 92nd birthday. He was born on January 25, 1926 in Butler, PA. Harold was preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 60 years, Dorothy “Dotty” whom he met at Grove City College. He is survived by his devoted children, Dr. Mark Winters (Judy) of Virginia Beach and Judy Spain (Norman) of Kentucky. He is survived by his amazing grandchildren, Madison Winters, Nathaniel Spain, and Ben Spain (Allison) with the pixie great-granddaughter, Elin Spain. Harold is the son of the late Russell and Nellie Winters, of Butler, PA, and is preceded in death by his brothers, Clyde, Eugene, Clair, and Wayne and is survived by his brother Jim (Wilma).
A World War II veteran, Harold served in combat as a Sergeant, Ordinance Specialist, 1251st Engineer Combat Battalion, and built bridges for the invasion of Germany. Baseball was his favorite sport and he played on the Army baseball and basketball teams. Known for wearing yellow golf shirts, Harold was an avid golfer, golfing into his late 80s. He loved a good game of poker and particularly enjoyed betting with and bluffing his family and friends. Playing bridge with Dotty, his brother and sister-in-law, Clair and Joyce, and many other friends was a great joy in his life. Harold was known for his ability to tell a joke and to rate jokes told by other folks who were also hoping for, but rarely achieving, a high score.
Harold worked for United States Steel Corporation as an Industrial Engineer for thirty years, ending his career as a Manager, Incentives and Job Classifications. He was an active 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner as well as a Long House Officer and “Chief Big Buffalo” in Pittsburgh’s YMCA Indian Guides.
Upon retirement, Harold and Dotty moved to Trinity, FL. They traveled extensively through the years on cruises and tours visiting many exotic locations. Harold moved to Virginia Beach in 2015 where he was lovingly cared for by Mark and Judy and the staff at First Colonial Inn.
Harold was a loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A Celebration of Life Party for the residents of First Colonial Inn will be held on Saturday, January 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at First Colonial Inn. A Celebration of Life Visitation for friends and family will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27 at First Colonial Inn, located at 845 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests consideration of memorial contributions to The Harold ‘50 and Dorothy (Brown ’50) Winters Scholarship Endowment at Grove City College. For further information and for giving purposes, please contact Elizabeth Smith ’81 Hanley at (724) 264-1327 or at EMHanley@gcc.edu
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