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Edward Winters, age 99, of Milaca, passed away Friday, August 19, 2022. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 11 AM at the Christian Reformed Church in Pease. Interment will follow at Pease Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday
Ed was born in Milaca on December 18, 1922 to Evert and Vrouwkje (van der Linde) Winters. He was the youngest of six surviving children and grew up on farms in the Milaca area. Ed married Sophie Hielkema on October 30, 1946. They farmed in the Milaca area before moving to San Antonio, TX where he worked as an ice man for two years. They returned to the Milaca area in 1950 and farmed until his retirement.
Ed enjoyed traveling and going on mission trips with Sophie before her death and continued doing so after her death. He served the community as a life-long member of the Pease Christian Reformed Church, was a Gideon for 40 years, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and the Milaca Public Schools. He could always be found with a book in his hands and a stack nearby.
Ed is survived by five children, Karen Medin, Marcia (Rich) DeRuiter, James (Ardeen) Winters, Mary (Chuck) Droogsma, Diane Winters and son-in-law Steve Erickson along with 16 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren and brother-in-law, Allan Hielkema. He was preceded in death by Sophie, his wife of 49 years, daughter Cindy, his parents and seven siblings.