W. Clinton Winders, age 76, of Vandalia, passed away at 2:40 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Services are set for Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
Officiating will be Pastor Helen McFarland.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Warren Winders, Alan Winders, Nicholas James, Andrew Winders, Tyler Winders, Tanner Schuckenbrock, Terry Newland, and Wesley Newland.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ethan Winders, Trevor Winders, and Alan James.
W. Clinton Winders was born on October 16, 1938 in Hannibal, Missouri, the son of George Wesley and Lila Mae (Wilkinson) Winders.
Upon the untimely death of Lila Mae, Wesley felt he was unable to raise the five children.
He asked Paul W. and Ada F. Bennett if they would look after and take care of Clinton.
The Bennetts raised him as if he were their son from the age of 7.
He married Wanda Faye Cheney in Vandalia on April 29, 1962; she survives at the home.
He was a 1956 graduate of Vandalia High School and lived most of his life in the Vandalia area.
After school, he began the work he enjoyed the most, farming, and his livestock.
For a few years, he worked at North American Refractories in Farber and from 1996 until 2006 he worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church and enjoyed several hobbies. Clinton loved playing slow-pitch softball and did so for many years.
He also enjoyed attending any sporting event in which his grandchildren participated.
Survivors include his wife Wanda, of Vandalia; two sons Alan and wife Teresa Winders, of rural Vandalia and Warren and wife Claire Winders, of Vandalia; one daughter Paula and husband Alan James, or rural Vandalia; one brother Gaylord and wife Bobbie Winders, of New London; seven grandchildren Tyler, Alexandra, Andrew, Ethan, and Trevor Winders; Jessica and Nicholas James; two great-grandchildren Rylee Sue VanBoening and Maxx Winders; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Ada Bennett; on brother George Winders; two sisters Carol Jean Burnett and Doris Van Blevins.
Memorials are encouraged to the United Methodist Church in Vandalia.