Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Winston G. Gifford
June 14, 1942 - January 16, 2019 (Age 76)
Watertown, WI
Service: January 23, 2019
Winston G. Gifford
Winston “Winnie” G. Gifford, 76, of Watertown, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Watertown Regional Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown with Rev. Jeffrey Meyer officiating. Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to the family. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Winston George Gifford was born on June 14, 1942 to Arthur and Mary (nee Tillman) Gifford in Milwaukee. He was one of nine siblings – the first boy after five sisters. Winston graduated from Brown Deer High School in 1961. He served faithfully in the United States Army from 1964 until 1966; he was a fixed radio station operator with high security clearance. Winston met and married the former Victoria Lutz on February 11, 1967. She was his everything, they were not separate but one. Winnie followed in his dad’s footsteps and became a steamfitter on October 11, 1967. He worked as a steamfitter in local 601 until his retirement in 2009. Winston will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. His grandchildren were everything to him. Winnie hardly missed any event they participated in, and was very proud of all of their accomplishments. He will also be missed by his dog Clancy who brought him much joy.
Winston will be dearly missed by his 101-year-old Aunt, Catherine (Mushy) Mayo. He was a loving and kind brother who will be loved and missed and kept in his siblings’ hearts until they are once again united.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Victoria Gifford; children, Beth Gifford of Lake Mills, Cinnamon and Jon Theder of Watertown, John and Julie Gifford of Watertown; grandchildren, Austin Gifford, Luke Gifford, Lily Gifford, Ben Gifford; siblings, Patsy Campion of Manitowoc, Karen and Lee Foerster of Milwaukee, Jerry and Sharon Gifford of Phelps, Scott Gifford of Norway, MI, George and Rae Gifford of Franklin; sisters-in-law, Gert Dechant of New Mexico, Lahnie and Rick Foxworth of Florida, Bonnie and John Barber of Florida; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Winston was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Keri Gifford; his parents; parents-in-law; sisters, Nancy Laubusch, Barbara Unger, Carol Anderson; and several brothers-in-law.
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