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William C. Winchester, age 93, formerly of Oneida St., Lewiston, died on Monday, November 13, 2017 in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston, after a long illness.
Bill was born on October 25, 1924 in Niagara Falls, NY, the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Clark) Winchester.
He was a graduate of Trott Vocational High School. A U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, he served from June 1942 to his honorable discharge in January of 1946, with the rank of Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class. Bill was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Ribbon. On August 16, 1947, he married Wanda (Trybala) Winchester and moved to Lewiston in 1955, where he and his dad and brother built Bill's family lifelong home.
Bill was employed by the Walter Johnson Building Co. for over 30 years, where he had served as Vice President of their Grove Painting Corp. He then worked in the painting department at the NY State Power Authority for 20 years. After 15 years working for the Maid of The Mist Corp., he finally retired at the age of 83.
Bill was a life member of V.F.W. Down River Post #7487.
He is survived by a son, Robert (Caroll) Winchester of Ransomville; daughters, Sandra (Gary) Smith and Patricia Winchester, both of Youngstown; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Douglas (late Thelma) Winchester; and a sister, Betty (late Fred) Tucker.
Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, N. Fourth & Ridge Streets, Lewiston, on Thursday, November 16th from 3-7 PM. Funeral services, followed by Military Honors, will begin at 7 PM in the funeral home, with the Rev. David Duke officiating. Burial will be private.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc. Of WNY, 2805 Wherle Dr. Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221-7380 or to the Niagara County SPCA, 2100 Lockport Rd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304.
Please visit hardisonfuneralhomes.com for online condolences.
Published on November 14, 2017
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