Ernest W. Van Winkle of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away March 26, 2013 at Liberty Hospital. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Ernest was born June 23, 1920 in Lawson, Missouri. He was a highly decorated veteran of the Army. He served during WW II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Ernest was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster in recognition of his valor and sacrifice. In addition to his service during WW II, Ernest was called back to duty during the Korean Conflict to act as Provost Marshall at Fort Riley, Kansas. Prior to this recall he joined the Missouri Highway Patrol and continued that career until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Superintendent. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary J. Van Winkle. Survivors include his daughter Mary and husband Bill Jackson of Dallas TX; Son James and wife Shirley Van Winkle of Kansas City, MO; 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.