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Richard Lee Winters

Richard Lee Winters, 82, formerly of Cogan Station, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 at his home in Stockbridge, Ga., where he and his late wife Genevieve (Jenny) had lived for the past 8 years.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1939, a son of the late Russell A. Winters and Grace (Briggs) Winters.

Richard (Dick) always was a hardworking provider for his family and had many places of employment throughout his lifetime where he met many great people. He drilled wells for Germania Well Drilling. He was a Warehouse Manager for Stroehmann Brothers, KB Frozen Foods, and L.L. Stearns & Sons. He was the Manager of a horse boarding stable. He was also a self- employed construction contractor. His last place of employment was Brodart Co., as a team member in the Maintenance Department.

Dick always said that one of the most fun and rewarding jobs was managing the horse boarding stable. He and his family had horses of their own at the stable, although he never rode them. He loved all of the horses and always took great care of them. He enjoyed all of the people who boarded their horses at the barn, and treated everyone there like family.

During Dick’s retired years, he spent his winters in Ga. staying warm and spending good times with his eldest daughter’s family (Shelly) and his great grandson. He spent his summers in N.Y., with his youngest daughter’s family (Sherry), at their family owned campground. He was out every day in the summer, travelling in his golf cart around camp to trim tree branches, fill pot holes, or clean out fire rings. He enjoyed being outside and being busy. But the best part for him was stopping the cart, and having a friendly chat with the campers.

Dick was the ultimate caretaker. Not only did he take care of his family, he always had time to help take care of others. If you needed a hand, he was there to help. His long steady-paced stride was a symbol of how he just kept on going, no matter what might try to block the way. And his sense of humor prevailed through it all. He seemed to be able to find a way to make others smile even when they felt low. He had an unforgettable chuckle, with a slanted little grin, and that twinkle in his eyes.

Surviving is a daughter Shelly (James) Zvikas, of Stockbridge, Ga., a daughter Sherry (Ron) VanFleet of Averill Park, N.Y., five grandchildren; Amanda, Andrea, Evan and Ashley Zvikas, and Kelsey VanFleet, and one great grandson Jaxon Ridgeway. A Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org.