After a courageous year long battle with cancer, John Tom Winkler passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the age of 84.
Born October 30th, 1927 in Dayton Ohio he attended Parker High School. In 1949 he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. As a ROTC graduate he served 21 months in the United States Air Force as a 1st Lt. During the Korean War he served as an armament officer on F86 jet fighters.
In the early 1950's he moved to Eau Gallie, FL and worked for RCA and for Patrick Air Force Base during the paper tape and vacuum tube days. He worked on a system to digitize telemetry and Doppler. This is where he met Marianne Kay who would be his wife for 57 years.
They moved to Orlando, FL in 1959 and raised a family while he worked as an engineer for Martin Marietta. While at Martin he worked on a lot of important projects such as one of the first laser range finders, Star wars or SDI, Sprint, and several autopilot/guidance systems. He was granted many patents for his work. After 31 years he retired from Martin Marietta in 1990. While retired he enjoyed fixing things and teaching his grandchildren the important things in life, like how to take apart a lawnmower or repair a vacuum. He also was a member of the Jaycees, Toastmasters and The Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife Marianne Winkler, three sons David Winkler, James Dickenson, Bruce Dickenson, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park Thursday evening from 5 to 8 P.M. Services will be held at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 4545 Anderson Road, Saturday July 28th, at 10:00 am. The church service to be followed by a graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road.