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Benjamin T. Winkler

August 26, 2015

Benjamin T. Winkler, 24, of Clayton passed away at his home on August 26, 2015.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Monday, August 31, 2015, from 5 - 7PM. A memorial service will be on September 19 at Whiting United Methodist Church. Visitation at 11:00 am and service at 12:00. Burial will be in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA.

Ben was born in Richmond, VA on December 19, 1990, son of Donald T. Winkler and Lisa M.Cheney (Winkler). He graduated from Freehold Township (N. J.) High School and received his associates degree from Brookdale Community College.

He entered the US Navy on February 22, 2011. He received several medals and citations and was honorably discharged as an Avionics Technician 3rd Grade on February 21, 2015.

On February 19, 2012 he married Sarah A. Faust in California.

Ben very much enjoyed anything to do with cars, including working on and driving them. He also enjoyed hiking and traveling.

Along with his wife, Sarah, he is survived by his mother and stepfather, Lisa and Sam Cheney, Warminster, PA; father and stepmother, Donald and Amy Winkler, Chester, VA; maternal grandparents, Sarah and James Murray, Whiting, NJ; paternal grandfather, H. Donald Winkler, Gatlinburg, TN; stepbrother, Namri Vera, Chester, VA; mother-in-law, Eileen Faust and father-in-law, William Faust, both of Clayton; two aunts, four uncles, and five cousins. His paternal grandmother, Azile Winkler, died before him.

In lieu of flowers Ben's family wishes donations in his name to Samaritan Medical Center Foundation, Attn. Mental Health Services, Benjamin Winkler, 830 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#7 Mary Jane Thomson 2015-09-18 16:08
Sending love and prayers to all that loved Ben.
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#6 Jes OBrien 2015-09-17 11:07
It kills me to hear that he's gone. He was an amazing person and I cherish the time I spent with him. He always knew what to say and he always knew how to have a good time. I miss driving to his house and seeing his smile when I pulled in. He was truly one of a kind, but I'll always have a piece of him in my heart that I'll always carry. He was there for me through some of my roughest times and helped me whenever he could. He and I once had such a strong bond and I'll always love him and I will forever miss him. Rest in Peace Benny I know you're now safe and worry free.
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#5 Danny Fawcett 2015-09-11 14:07
I am a colleague of Mike Jennings who commented below. I had spoken with Ben several times in his career search and we are extremely saddened to hear the news of his passing. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time. May God bless you and be with you always.
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#4 Mike Jennings 2015-09-11 09:29
My company was working with Ben on his job search, and we were very saddened to learn of his passing last evening. We enjoyed working with Ben and the conversations we had with him. I pray the Lord will give you peace, comfort and hope in your time of grief.
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#3 don winkler jr 2015-08-31 21:00
I am very saddened by the loss on my son Ben, at such a young age but I am grateful Ben has found peace. Thoughts and prayers for all family and friends of Ben, who experienced his passion for living life to the fullest. You will be missed Ben but never forgotten
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#2 Mark Siedlecki 2015-08-31 10:49
So verysorry for your loss...Ben was a great guy who will be missed by many.
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#1 MARY CLAIBORNE 2015-08-30 21:37
May God bless and guide you Don and the entire family through the loss of Ben.
Mary Claiborne
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