Jul 19, 2012 - StaffRaymond Mark Winter, 78, formerly of Riverton, died June 30, 2012, following a courageous battle with myelodysplastic syndrome and leukemia. A celebration of life service was at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 6, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla. Interment is at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, Kan.
Mr. Winter was born Jan. 7, 1934, in Garden City, Kan., to Karl Mark and Gladys Brown Winter. He spent his early years on the Winter Ranch in Kalvesta, Kan. The family moved to Dodge City, Kan., when his father purchased the Santa Fe Railroad Stockyards and Cattle Sale.
Mr. Winter graduated from Dodge City High School and later the University of Denver with a degree in business administration. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
In 1957, Mr. Winter volunteered for active duty in the Navy and trained as a Naval Cadet Pilot in Pensacola, Fla. After military service he managed Winter Livestock in La Junta, Colo.
In 1960, he married Sue Frizell in Larned, Kan. They made their home in La Junta, Colo., where they were blessed with six children. During Ray's long career as a cattleman and owner of Winter Livestock, he also lived in Dodge City, Kan., and Enid, Okla. In partnership with his sons, he oversaw the growth of Winter Livestock to include operations in Dodge City, Kan., La Junta, Colo., Enid, Okla., Riverton, Pratt, Kan., and Hanston, Kan.
He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Enid.
Ray is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue, and his children Weston Karl and wife Shelley Winter, Renee and husband Greg Winkeljohn, Brian Ross and wife Darci Winter, Mark Christian and wife Katrena Winter, Keith Evan Winter, Kristin and husband Jeremiah Bradshaw; his sister, Phyllis Winter and husband Bill Madden; 19 grandchildren, Alex Pickart, Haley, Walker Raymond and Sydney Winter; Lindsey, Raymond, Kayti, Amanda, Weston, Erik and John Paul Winkeljohn; Whitney, Mason, Baron and Grace Winter; Hayden, Ashley and McKinley Winter; and Walter Bradshaw.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother Grace Winter; and brothers Ralph and Ross Winter.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home in Enid, Okla. Remembrances may be made to the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation in care of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home. An online guest book can be signed at www.enidwecare.com. The service can be viewed online at www.emmanuelenid.org.
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