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2/28/21:  Melva Bronkhorst passed away this morning--long time winter rancher.  Source:  Bill Siglin.


2/25/21:  Per Pastor Frisby's daughter Michele, "At around 6:10 tonight dad saw his Saviors face!!"  Source:  Lou Ayres


2/24/21:  Jim Peterson passed away yesterday.  Jim and Margo were guests in this park for over twenty years.  Source:  Shari Melvin


2/15/21:  Former residents passed away, Bernice Groth May 22,2020 and John Groth January 30,2021.  Source Judy Gray


2/4/21: Julia Robinson of Topeka Kansas.  Long time resident. Wife of Gerald Robinson passed away.  Source:  Brad Huff.


1/22/21:  We lost a great friend today John Stringer.  He loved Winter Ranch and enjoyed playing instruments and singing at the WR Jams and our Winter Gardens Jams in the club house. We will miss his sense of humor and kindness. Please keep Linda and their family in your thoughts and prayers.  Source:  Pam Hoppe.


1/15/21:  Arnie Huether joined God on January 13, 2021 after a sudden medical emergency Sunday.  Covid precautions & protocols prevent normal RGV VA Cemetery services at this time. Thank you for your many prayers and understanding.  With gratitude Rita Huether.  Source:  Rita Huether.


1/14/21:  Past WR resident Shirley Hinze passed away 10/20/20.  She had been in a nursing home for the past 1 1/2 years.  Merle is doing well and living on the farm.  Cards for Merle and family can be sent to:

2820 E Rd.

Rising City, NE 68658

Source:  Winter Ranch Office-Sheri


1/9/21:  A long time resident, Gerald Robinson, 94, passed away January 9, 2021. He passed away in the Topeka Hospital, where he was from, due to complications of pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Julia, and a daughter, Martha.  Source:  Brad and Audrey Huff


12/29/20:  John Caster passed away last night. I got a call from his daughter Betty. Keep Marge in your prayers.  Source:  Karen Timko.


12/16/20:  Donna Steward passed away early this morning.  Keep Dwain in our prayers.  Source:  Judy Good


12/11/20:  Dale Stanek passed away on Wednesday, December 9th.  He fought hard, but lost his battle with COVID-19.  There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. He will be greatly missed. We request no flowers at this time.  Source:  Kathy Loerch via his daughter Pam.


12/9/20:  Darrell Kauffman passed away today.   Darrell and Dawn have been in the park for many year.  Please keep Dawn and  family in your prayers.  Source:  Winter Ranch Office.


12/3/20:  Ed James passed away November 14, 2020    Ed,  Betty and Hellen were part of this park for many years  Again please pray for the family.  Source:  Winter Ranch Office.


12/2/20:  It was learned Monday that  Charles "Chuck" Pierson has passed away.  It is believed that he was 92.  Source:  Gary Schnau.


      We lost a very dear and longtime guest in our park this week.   Chuck Pierson past away .  He will be sadly missed by all.  Please keep his family in your prayers.  Source:  Winter Ranch Office.




1/17/20:  Bob Maharas went to be with the Lord this morning.  Please pray for Vivian and their family.  Source:  Gary Schnau.



11/7/20:  Virgil Mehus,  a former long time resident, passed away in April from ALS.  His services were held in Oct.  Source:  Gerry Rezac via Ron Jensen.


10/27/20:  Ann McLane asked me to let Winter Ranch know that Ed McLane had passed away. He was in the hospital and was recovering from major surgery.  They had been long time residents at Winter Ranch.  Source:  Mary Snead.

If anyone would like to send a card the address is:


Ann McLane

57 Gaige Street

Crosswell, Michigan 48422


10/19/20:  Long time Winter Ranch Jim Farr passed away at McAllen Medical Hospital.  Source:  Winter Ranch Office.


10/14/20:  Precious resident Marvin Stinde passed away  October 13, 2020, at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Il.   Source:  Barb De Garamo



9/28/20:  Paul Wilson passed away  peacefully Monday September 28, 2020   Paul and Janet have been residents at Winter Ranch for many years.  Please keep Janet and family in your prayers.  We will  post further information when it is available.


9/15/20:  Joan Seiler passed away today peacefully.  Thoughts and prayers for the family.  Source:  Winter Ranch Office.


9/15/20:  Marge Manthe passed away Saturday, September 12.      Marge was a past resident of Winter Ranch.   Please keep her family in your prayers.  Source:  Winter Ranch Office.


8/12/20:  Tom Mills passed away on 8-11-20 at home while in hospice care. Prayers for the family.  Source:  Gary Schnau.


7/22/20:  Burton Sloan passed away Monday July 20, 2020 in Kearney, Mo.  Burton had been battling heart problems for years.  Burton and wife Betty wintered at Winter Ranch for many years and sold their place in January of this year.  Because of the virus there will be no services at this time.  Source:  Liz Burgess.  




7/19/20:  George Ries, 94, former resident of Winter Ranch for 27 yrs., passed away on Sun., July 12, 2020. He had a bad fall recently, fracturing his shoulder & never recovered.  Source:  Laverne Ries.


7/16/20:  Jim Hiniker passed away   -   James E. Hiniker, Sr., age 84, died Monday, July 13, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Mankato. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Cards can be sent to 20758 588th Lane   Mankato MN  56001  Darlene can be reached at 507-351-5598


Keep the family in your prayers.  Source:   Winter Ranch Office.



7/6/20:  Jim Smith, Winter Ranch greeter and guard, passed away this weekend.  He and wife Margaret are long time residents of Winter Ranch.  Jim was the son in law of Ardis and George Smith, former residents of WR.  He died in hospice at Amara Hospice in Edinburg on July 4th.  Source:  Liz Burgess.


4/21/20:  Former resident Margo Peterson passed away in a hospital in Ohio.  She had been in hospice at her son's home since leaving Winter Ranch this winter.  Source:  Bobby Logue.


3/26/20:  Tom  Minson, long-time resident of Winter Ranch, passed away on March 20 at his home in Pueblo, Co.  Source:  Douglas Reed.


3/26/20:  Wilbur Vos passed away on March 9, 2020.  Source:  Judy Gray.


3/19/20:  Park resident Gene Overholser has passed away in Michigan.  They own a house in Winter Ranch but have not been here this year.  Source:  Judy Timmer.


1/11/20:  Former Winter Ranch resident Roger Richarson passed away.  Source:  Winter Ranch Church Jim Mahan.