Kenneth Gardner Winters Sr. of Groesbeck, TX passed away on November 27, 2023, at the age 80.
Ken was born January 3rd, 1943, to William Gardner Winters and Eva (Watson) Winters in Hays Kansas. Ken grew up in Cunningham, KS and graduated from Cunningham Rural H.S. in 1961.
Subsequently he joined the Marines in 1962. He had additional training prior to going to Vietnam. He served in Vietnam for 18 months, earning the rank of Lance Corporal, LCPL as Radio Relay Operator. He finished his tour of duty back in the states with the Marines in Camp Lejeune in N.C. after 9 months, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1968.
Ken married Myra (Rodríguez) Winters on 7/24/87 in Long Island, NY. Myra was visiting her best friend Debbie in N.Y. who arranged everything for the couple. They celebrated 36 years of marriage.
Ken had moved to Houston, TX in the 70s. He worked for SW Bell, where he later retired. He started his own business of Directional Boring, until he moved the family to Florida in 1995. He then worked for the State of Florida, installing cameras and computer systems for the highway toll systems.
Ken retired in 2010, and desiring a quieter life, he moved his family back to TX in Groesbeck, where he lived until his death.
His passion was genealogy. He loved researching and finding where his ancestors were buried and their history. One year he and Myra went to a family reunion and looked for all of Ken's family gravestones through Kentucky and Tennessee. He'd spent hours going through newspapers looking for information. (Not all family members were angels that's for sure.) He even researched the genealogy of his wife’s friend, and as it turns out, his wife’s friend was his 10th cousin. Ken also loved fishing and camping. He loved fishing so much one day he came home and told his wife he bought a boat (he was spontaneous at times.) But he bought the boat to take the family out on the lake to fish. He was a proud man that believed in Family and his Country.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents Gardner and Eva Winters and his older brother Terry Lee Winters.
He is survived by his wife Myra Winters; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth G. Winters Jr and Peggy Renee Winters of The Woodlands Tx., and William Lee Winters and Liliana Winters of Willis Tx. His grandchildren are Austin Chase Winters, Tyler Cade Winters SPC, Roman Chandler Winters, Cameron Lee Winters, and his favorite granddaughter, Delaney Rose Winters.