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Dean Robert Winkelhaus died on December 8, 2007, after battling a long illness that finally took his life. He was 54 years old.

Born June 13, 1953, in Eureka, California, to the proud parents of Robert Louis and MaryEllen (Jones) Winkelhaus, Dean was the first born son of Robert and MaryEllen. Dean had five siblings: Marlys, Kristy, Susan, Robert, and Roy. Dean was preceded in death by his brother Robert and mother MaryEllen.

When he was a young boy he lived in various locations in Eureka and Fortuna, and then in Hydesville where he attended elementary school and graduated from Fortuna Union High School in 1971.

Dean enlisted in the United States Navy after graduating, where he served in the Nuclear Submarine Program for six years. Active duty took him on secret missions in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and all around the world.

After his service in the Navy, Dean returned home to Fortuna where he worked with his father in the Engineering Business. Dean eventually went on to become a Realtor earning his Broker’s license. Dean lived and worked in Fortuna. He was active in the community, often times involved in city council and planning meetings. Dean enjoyed playing golf in his free time and loved to play in tournaments. He spent hours at Redwood Empire Golf and Country Club with his brother Roy and many friends.

Dean is survived by his father, Robert Winkelhaus; brother, Roy Winkelhaus (Denise); sisters, Marlys Adams (Wayne), Kristy Winkelhaus (Wilhelm Weiss), and Susan Townsend (Art); nieces and nephews, Cary, Kelli, and Kaylee Townsend, Keith, Rodney, and Laurie Adams, and Michael Cataldi; aunt and uncle, Betty and Wyman Ender of Wisconsin; cousins, Keith, Douglas, Ralph and Carl Ender.

Arrangements are under the care of Gobles Mortuary in Fortuna. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 13, at Gobles Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Redwood Empire Golf and C.C. in memory of Dean.

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December, 2011 Eureka Times-Standard

 

 

 

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