October 16th, 1940 – November 12, 2012
He was born on October 16th, 1940 and took one last peaceful ride into the sunset this past Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:22pm. John Edward Winsor was born in Easton, Kansas and was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Rosa Winsor and a half-brother, Tommy Winsor. (Frank was a railroad man turned butcher and Rosa just had the kindest heart, loved everyone, and best of all, cooked with butter.)
John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Phyllis (Welsh) Winsor of Linwood, Kansas, who he loved so, “Muchly”; their daughter Alyssa Winsor of Tonganoxie; his first wife Sharon Winsor of Lawrence, Kansas, and their children, Russell Winsor (with wife Terri) of McKinney, Texas, Dawn Miller (with husband Gary) of Gardner, Kansas, Valerie Winsor of Topeka, Kansas, Tonya Barnes (with husband Robert) of Linwood, Kansas, and Leith Winsor (with wife Veronica) of Lawrence, Kansas. John is also survived by a brother, Francis (Fritzi) Winsor of Winchester, Kansas, and five sisters, Rosemary Abel of Winchester, Kansas, Margaret Bardroff of Easton, Kansas, Helen Craig of Corpus Christie, Texas, Barbara Herzog of Lansing, Kansas, and Theresa Ollinger of Kansas City, Kansas. He was also blessed with seventeen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren with two more on the way; not to mention all the nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all too numerous to mention.
Rosary and Visitation will be on Thursday, November 15th, 6:00pm-8:00pm at Rumsey – Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, Kansas with the funeral service on Friday, November 16th, at 2:00pm at St. John’s Catholic Church, also of Lawrence and internment at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Easton, Kansas.
John graduated high school from Easton High School, way back when it was still a small brick building on the edge of town. He played football, baseball, basketball and track (they called him “The Tank” back then). He wore a leather jacket, cuffed jeans, and put grease in his hair, way before it was cool. He drank Coors gold, smoked cigarettes and worked at his father’s locker plant.
After high school John worked for and retired from Hallmark Cards in the Leavenworth plant first, and then the Lawrence facility. John wasn’t one for idle sentiment, and he didn’t write the words, but he spent 37 years making sure the cards were cut, scrapped, printed, embossed, flittered, flocked, foiled, packaged, warehoused and shipped; all so most of the world could send “ the very best” to those they “cared about” the most.
Outside of work, John’s passions were his family, horses, flying, and occasionally Wild Turkey and Seven. He raised six children and a whole bunch of quarter-horses (Whiskey was his favorite and also the meanest). John was also a pilot and flew Cessna planes for fun. (He even got Rosa up there, once). But, John was riding highest, sitting in a saddle on horseback. Occasionally, he wore a six-shooter, and a bull whip, just in case( he once killed a black snake with the whip and the snake was the longer of the two; but most of the time just scared the crap out of the kids, popping the whip).
John was a school board president in Easton and was in the Lions Club in both Easton and Linwood; he helped in United Way, was a Big Brother, and in Junior Achievement. He was on the Water Board, RWD. #10(which was worse than it sounds) and was proud to be one of the founding volunteers at Reno Township Fire Department (this was after his heart-attack). He used to shoot trap, hunt coyote, and bowled a few frames. He managed hundreds of people, even though, some would always complain.
There is not too much more to say, John lived a simple Kansas life. Providing for his family in the good times and through strife. He was a friend, a husband, a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother and son. He asked little from others but offered up a ton. We know that John’s in heaven now, with our Lord God’s only Son. Watching over all of us, and riding “Whiskey in the Sun”!
John didn’t much care for flowers; he just didn’t see the need. So please in lieu of, make donations to: The American Diabetes Associations, The American Heart Association, St. John’s Catholic Church, sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Messages & Condolences
Dave and I are very sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure getting to know your Dad and we enjoyed the time we spent with him at the family gatherings at your home. Our hears go out to you, Skyler, Hayley and Bob. God Bless you.
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Johnny. The whole family is in our thoughts and prayers.
I enjoyed working with John, he knew what he wanted done and how to get it done. He was one of the people that made Hallmark a great place to work. I remember John and Phyllis helping Elaine and me move into our house right after we got married. Their advice was to set the bed up first, you’ll need that later and you’ll be tired from moving boxes and won’t want to hunt for the bed parts. We pass that advice along to all our friends when they move.
Our deepest sympathy goes to all of John’s family. What a wonderful man to work with for many yrs at Hallmarks. Prayers to you all.
So Sorry for your Loss! Now he is out of suffering and into our Lord’s grace in Heaven! God Bless you all in your family and prayers to all of you that time will heal your hearts.
Scott, Bernadette, Nicole Burkhart
Dear Alyssa and family we are deeply sorry for your sorrow we will continue to pray for all of you in this’s ad time !
Love Scott , Bernadette Nicole Burkhart
Was a pleasure to work with John.
My deepest sympathy to the family.
I was very sad to hear of your father’s passing on. What was posting here on the website makes me think that I missed a great opportunity not having known him. Our prayers go with you and your family. We here at Western Extralite offer our condolences and friendship to you and your family.
Remembering the times growing up with gpa n gma winsor was amazing with playing at house in linwood with brother rj and half sister amanda as with cousins. Always and forever remembering the times with grandpa. love and miss you. may u rest in peace up in holy heaven with my son Clayton Thomas Lay. love you
~Thoughts and prayers to all of Uncle Johnny’s family~
Leith & Veronica and Winsor family, my deepest condolensces for your loss my prayers to the entire family. Take care
Dawn and family – I have lots of fond memories growing up with your family. May God grant you all strength and courage during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers! God Bless you!
Dawn and family – lots of fond memories growing up with your family. My mom gives me updates on your parents on occasion. So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers sent your way! God Bless you all!
Russ,Dawn,Valerie,Tonya & Leith
My heart goes out to you all for losing your dad. I had many good times at your house in Easton and growing up with you all. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
John you will be missed. All those years at Hallmark Cards. Many discussions with both you and Phyllis over the years working there. My thoughts are with your family. Glad I was told about your passing.
Loved working with John all those years. He was a great man. Our sympathy as you hold his memory close.
Growing up with all the Winsor kids is fond memory. I had forgotten about the bull whip!! Russ, Dawn, Valerie, Tonya and Leith, know that my thoughts are with ya’ll! Rest in Peace Johnny!! You will be missed by many!
Dawn and family: So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Our hearts go out to you and your family. We have had the privledge of knowing Tonya and her family for several years. We also had the wonderful privledge of meeting John at Skyler’s high school graduation party. What a nice man. I know he is riding Whiskey and watching over his wonderful family.
Lovely Obituary. I did not know Johnny personally, but I know his sisters. He must have been a wonderful brother. They speak highly of him. We all know he is in a good place now, but it is very hard to let go.
My deepest sympathy to all the family of John. I hope you find peace during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts!
My deepest sympathy to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Any man who earned the obituary above loved well and was well-loved. Our hearts go out to you as you remember his days on earth.
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