Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Wayne S. Winch, Sr.
Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Wayne S. Winch, born on Sept. 14, 1937 in Summit, N.J., died following a long illness on July 26, 2011, in Garden Grove surrounded by his family.
Wayne attended Dover High School in Dover, N.J. and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. where he received a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Following graduation, Wayne entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and attended pilot training in Marianna, Fla. Throughout the course of his military career, he flew C-124s, KC-97s, C-130s and C-131s. He also flew 1,200 combat missions during the Vietnam War.
After honorably serving in the Air Force for nearly 24 years, Wayne retired from military service and joined Lockheed Martin, where he worked on the space shuttle program both at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and then Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In 1997, Wayne and his wife of 49 years, Millie, retired to his beloved Eastern Sierra, where Wayne was able to enjoy his many interests, such as hiking, fishing, astronomy and nature photography. He especially enjoyed sharing all of these activities with his wife, children and grandchildren. He has left them a legacy that will long be remembered.
He is survived by his wife, Millie: daughter, Daune Dufresne and husband, Duke; daughter, Robyn Coggins and husband, Greg; son, Wayne Winch, Jr., and wife, Kim; and daughter Kimberly Bailey and husband, Kirk. He is also survived by grandson, Deven and wife, Talar; grandson, Derek and wife, Rachel; grandsons Drew, Dustin, Joshua, Noah and Elijah; and granddaughters, Ashley, Claire, and Mackenzie.
Interment will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to one of the following charities, ALS Association, Autism Society of America, or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.