Reverend DuWayne Vernon Winters, 78, of Burlington, IA died at 12:47 AM Saturday, July 8, 2017, at his home.
Born November 13, 1938, in Rockford, IL, he was the son of Lloyd Vernon and LaVona Pearl Sandell Winters. On April 4, 1964, he married Eunice Rae Scholz in Hastings, MN.
DuWayne started as a tool and die maker at Rockford Crescent Manufacturing in Rockford, IL. In 1977 he became pastor of the First Covenant Church of Bessemer, PA and in 1984 he became pastor at Silverhill Covenant Church in Silverhill, AL. After leaving the Silverhill church in 1990, he was a prison chaplain for the Alabama Department of Corrections. Following the move to Burlington, he became a member of the First Congregational Church.
He graduated from Harlem High School in Loves Park, IL in 1957, Rockford University, Rockford, IL in 1961 and North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL in 1979.
DuWayne enjoyed road trips, visiting friends and family across the country and spending time on the beach. He was a voracious reader and a car enthusiast. With Trust and Obey as a foundational life principal, he loved the Lord, served him faithfully and followed wherever God led.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice of Burlington, IA; three daughters, Cynthea (James) Traverso of North Caldwell, NJ, Tracey (Bill) Beck of Newark, DE, Vanessa (Rev. Michael) Rice of Kingsburg, CA; one son, Nathanael Winters of Burlington, IA; 13 grandchildren, Mark, Jamie & Luke Traverso, Anya, Josiah, Mariah, & Micah Beck, Elijah, Samuel, & Naomi Rice, and Owen, Gwen & Lucy Winters; one brother, David (Kathy) Winters, Ph.D. of Ypsilanti, MI; and several nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Ruthann, and two grandchildren, Ashre and Sameah Rice.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at First Congregational Church.
The memorial service for Reverend Winters will be 11:00 AM Thursday, July 13, 2017, at First Congregational Church Burlington, IA with Pastor Jim Francisco officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held at First Congregational Church following the service.
A second memorial service for Reverend Winters will be 4:00 PM Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Greenwood Community Covenant Church Summerdale, AL with Rev. R.H. Simmons officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held at Greenwood Community Covenant Church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at www.paulcarlson.org/donate or checks can be mailed to Paul Carlson Partnership, 8303 W. Higgins Road, Chicago IL 60631. Please mention the gift is in memory of Rev. DuWayne Winters.