Marion L. “Bud” Winland, 74, 10945 Oak Grove Road, Cumberland, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.
He was born March 19, 1932, in Harmony Hollow near Chandlersville, the son of the late Arthur M. and Ada Grace Griffin Winland.
Mr. Winland graduated from Philo High School in 1951, but joined the Naval Reserve in Zanesville in April 1950 as a junior in high school, entering active duty after high school. He proudly served his country, spending two years in Korea in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict aboard the ammunition ship USS Chara AKA58/AE31.
After discharge from the Navy in 1953, he went to Game Protector School in Xenia and was later assigned to Morgan County as a State Game Protector. He spent 11 years there, resigning to become a park supervisor for the Ohio Power Company. He retired in 1993, after 30 years of service.
After several heart attacks, he had a heart transplant May 10, 1994, at the Ohio State University Hospital.
During the years in Morgan County, Mr. Winland was a special deputy sheriff under three sheriffs for 26 years and was a 40-year member of Corinthian Lodge No. 111 of McConnelsville, Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge, and the Aladdin Shrine of Columbus. He was past president of the Morgan Shrine Club, and a life member of American Legion Post 24 of McConnelsville (Past Commander in 1968), VFW Post 4713 in Malta, and Disabled American Veterans of Malta.
He was also a member of the Forty and Eight since 1957, serving as Past Chef de Gare; was a past trustee and Golden Eagle (50-year member) of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 2187 in McConnelsville; the National Rifle Association; the Ohio Power Veterans Association; the USS Chara Association; and the Retired Game Protectors Social Club.
Over a 30-year period, he cooked many thousands of steaks for the American Legion, Eagles, VFW, and M-M Volunteer Fire Department and delivered several thousand chicken dinners for the Morgan County Shrine Club Barbecue, to the Muskingum River Power Plant, Central Ohio Coal Company and to the Duncan Falls area.
Mr. Winland lived with his grandfather, Benjamin Winland, part-time when he was younger and loved going hunting and digging for ginseng and mayapple every chance he got, even if it meant missing school. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Lexi and Dust, and step-grandsons, the two littlest with whom he spent a lot of time, Aden and Hunt. They were his little rays of sunshine on his down days.
He was also involved in woodworking, making different pieces of furniture and things for family, himself, and wife Janet to enjoy; fishing and watching the birds that would come in to the bird feeders; watching the other animals that would come in to feed, football games and NASCAR races, the late No. 3 Dale Earnhardt being his driver.
Mr. Winland also enjoyed trips to Tennessee and Florida with his wife; going out on his boat with his wife, brother-in-law Don Prest, and friends to go fishing; and he was an avid reader of Western novels (Zane Gray) and the Columbus Dispatch.
Beloved husband, dad, grandpa, papaw, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and host of friends, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Janet, to whom he was deeply devoted and loved, and whom he married on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Father’s Day, June 20, 1999, in Roan Mountain, TN; a son, Steven C. (Mischka Mell) Winland and her sons, Douglas and Charles of Zanesville; daughter, Tracie Denbow (Tom Coffey) of Blue Rock; grandson, Dustin Dille and granddaughter, Alexis Winland; sisters, Dee (Don) Prest of Roan Mountain, TN/Bradenton Beach, FL, Patty Wilson of Duncan Falls, Shirley (Ralph) Drake of Duncan Falls; brother, Art Winland of Blue Rock; mother-in-law, Lillian Soller of Fort Collins, CO; step-daughters, Staci Spears and Amy (Aaron) Weaver; step-son, Joey Dingey of the McConnelsville area; four very special step-grandsons, Colby Spears, Flint Spears, Hunter Dingey and Aden Weaver of the McConnelsville area; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Dennis) Mura and Suzanne Soller (Richard Brown) of Colorado; brother-in-law, Larry Soller of South Dakota; special nephew Mark (Patricia) Miller of Hewitt, TX; other nieces and nephews; step-daughters Kim McGrew, Kathy Robison and Kristy Hooper from Bud’s first marriage; special friends, Keith Scott and Clare Ashton; and so many, many others who held a special place in Bud’s heart.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Benjamin and Nancy Winland and George (Tom) and Alma Griffin; sister, Marjorie Elaine Miller; brothers, Billy Winland and Wilard Dale Winland; brother-in-law, Wesley Wilson; father-in-law, Gerald A. Soller; sister-in-law, Bonnie Soller; a lot of good friends who have already passed on; and two very special and beloved pets, Airedale terrier Hambone and beagle Babe. They were very special to him.
Friends may call from from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Miller-Huck Funeral in McConnelsville, where Masonic Services will be held at 8:15 p.m.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) Feb. 14, 2007, at the funeral home with Pastor Galen Finley officiating.
Burial with Military Honors will follow in Duncan Falls Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Unverferth House, 190 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43210.
Posted February 12, 2007