Sgt. Matthew Dean Winkler, 33, of Salem, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at the Siteman Center of Barnes Jewish Hospital. He courageously fought the battle of leukemia for five months.
He was born the son of Noel Dean Winkler and Mary Ellen (Oldfield) Jones on Aug. 30, 1979, in Centralia. He married Amber Helm in Salem on March 2, 2001, and she survives in Salem.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his son, Matthew Winkler; daughter, Chloe Winkler; mother, Mary Jones and husband Dale of Kinmundy; sister, Amanda Burge and husband Jerry of Mt. Vernon; brother, Todd Winkler and wife Chassidy of Mt. Vernon; grandmother, Joan Winkler of Sandoval; mothers-in-law and fathers-in-law, Connie and Steve Oswald of Iuka and Kenny and Penny Helm of Iuka; special aunts, Marcia Wilkins and husband Keebler of Salem and Lisa Baity and husband Jim of Salem; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Noel Winkler; grandfather, Barney Oldfield; grandmother, Helen Oldfield; grandfather, Don Winkler; uncle, Stephen Oldfield; aunt, Janet Morgan; cousin, Michael Jamison; and special military friend, CPL Peter Courcy.
Matthew served in the United States Army from Aug. 4, 1998 to Aug. 31, 2010. He did tours of duty in Kosovo, Afghanistan and two tours of Iraq. He was a member of the Salem Moose Lodge and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan. He enjoyed fishing, collecting baseball cards and was of the Baptist faith.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval.
Services will follow at 4 p.m. Saturday at Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval. The Rev. Rick Wilmoth will officiate the services with interment following at Deadmond Cemetery. Military rites will be given by the Centralia American Legion Post 446.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family wishes.
Online condolences may be sent to www.daymaczfuneralhomes.com or on Facebook.