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