Albert “Red” Winkler
On Jan. 25, at age 75, Albert “Red” Winkler, Jr. left this earth after a sudden illness. Albert was born to Albert Winkler, Sr. and Anna Schaefer Winkler at Roger”s Ranch near Lockhart, Texas on July 5, 1929, the eighth of nine children. After attending school in the same area, Albert served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955. Immediately after marrying Lucille Wilhelm
in 1956, he began working at the T. N. Martz Ranch in Ganada, Texas tending Santa Gertrudis show cattle. Fourteen months later the Winklers returned to the Bastrop area and Albert was hired as the first employee of Swiftex Furniture Factory in 1957 where he worked for many years. Later he was employed by the Bastrop Independent School District as a bus driver for seven years before a medical retirement. Albert was baptized and received the Sacraments of the Catholic Church in March of 1986 and became a faithful member of Ascension Catholic Church in Bastrop. His parents, Albert and Anna; brothers, Hilbert and Milton; and sisters, Lena Winkler, Elda Holder and Lera Schulle all preceded him in death. Albert is survived by his devoted wife of 49 years, Lucille Wilhelm Winkler; four sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Wendy Winkler, Bobby and Brenda Winkler, Billy “Huff” Winkler, Denny and Tammy Winkler all of Bastrop; 10 grandchildren, Lance, Callahan, Lindsi, Cole Dallas, Vaughn, Craig, Denny, Brian and Kent; three sisters, Dora Newman of Seguin, Norma Schulle of Maxwell, and Gladys Homann of Lockhart. A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 at Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home in Bastrop. The Mass of Resurrection was celebrated by Msgr. Edward Dokupil at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at Ascension Catholic Church in Bastrop. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Bastrop.