A graveside service for Kenneth Francis Winchenbach, 86, who died March 3, 2021, will be held Friday, May 14, 2021, at 2 p.m., at Rockville Cemetery, Rt. 17, Rockport.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.
ROCKPORT — Kenneth Francis Winchenbach, 86, the fourth of eight children born to Maude (Leach) and Frank T. Winchenbach, Jr., formerly of Rockland, died March 3, 2021 at Windward Gardens after an extended illness of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Kenneth, known to many as Bo or Wink, was born on April 24, 1934 and was a 1954 graduate of Rockland District High School. As a teenager he worked, saved money and paid the down payment on a home for his mother, father and family. He met and married the love of his life of 65 years, Marilyn Jones, while working in the blueberry fields. Living in Rockport with their four children he worked as an auto mechanic and there was not much he could not fix. Never one to sit still and the first to lend a hand, Wink could often be found in the barn working on anything that ran or did not run. He also enjoyed working on wood projects.
Kenneth enjoyed the outdoors while hunting around the local area with his brothers-in-law and later with his sons. His favorite pass time was fishing with his dad, sons, and his grandchildren, trolling for fish in their boats, either on fresh or salt water. Most of all he loved spending time with his wife Marilyn and will be missed for his quick wit and humor.
Kenneth was a mechanic for 17 years at Ellery T. Nelson’s, receiving master mechanic awards from Chrysler Corporation. In June of 1976, he went to work at the Maine State Prison as a mechanic supervisor working there for 37 years. Kenneth oversaw the maintenance on their fleet of 30 security and fire trucks at the Bolduc Facility in Warren. He was dedicated to fighting forest fires, and joined the State Prison’s Hot Shot Crew, traveling throughout Maine putting out forest fires, especially in unorganized territories, retiring after 25 years, as a Captain.
Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn (Jones); his children, David (Valerie) Winchenbach, Craig (Tanya) Winchenbach, Marilyn (Kirk) MacDonald, Glenn (Shelley) Winchenbach; his grandchildren, Josiah (Molly) Winchenbach, Carrie (Casey) O’Hara, Max Winchenbach, Sarah (William) Marquis, Leah (Alex) Adolphsen, Hannah Winchenbach, Alexandra MacDonald, Jaret Winchenbach; great-grandchildren, Halie and David Winchenbach II, Kenneth and Aiden O’Hara; sisters Lois (Gerry) Spooner, Mary Ann Bonner; brothers Dana (Ruthie) Winchenbach, Ronald (Norma) Winchenbach; sisters-in-law, Carol (Mac) Knapp, Joan and Maude Winchenbach, Gerry Hanley; brother-in-law Roger Jones; and many nieces and nephews.
Kenneth is predeceased by his sister Barbara and her husband Bill Nystrom; his brothers, Clayton and Gerald Winchenbach; sister-in-law Joanne Jones; brothers-in-law James Bonner, Allan and Lowell Jones.
Kenneth’s family would like to thank all the friends and family who cared for him during his illness, especially his care giver Julie Pease, and the Windward Gardens staff who provided loving care. May we all enjoy the simple pleasures of life with the ones we love, sharing a smile, enjoying laughter and spending quality time.
Due to the time of year, a burial and memorial services will be announced this spring. To share a memory or story with Kenneth’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories, bchfh.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.