May 6, 1964 - September 10, 2016

 

Kelly Winkelman, age 52, of Foley, died of natural causes Saturday, September 10, 2016 while hunting prairie dogs in Isabel, South Dakota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm. The Rev. Virgil Helmin will officiate. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Tuesday at the church and after 8:30 AM Wednesday at the church. Parish Prayers will be held at 8:00 PM Tuesday.

Kelly Clifford Winkelman was born May 6, 1964 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Peter and Kathleen (Balder) Winkelman and was proud of his Irish heritage. He graduated from Foley High School in 1982. Kelly, along with his parents and brothers: Gary, Kevin and Tom farmed Winkelman Farms Partnership, LLLP which was purchased in 1948. He loved farming and while feeding his 900 head of cattle, was famous for saying that he was "feeding the world." He was an authorized Federal Firearms dealer and co-owned and operated Pistol Pete's Gun Shop. An avid outdoors man, Kelly enjoyed hunting and 4-wheeling at the deer shack. He held membership in many organizations including: the National Wild Turkey Federation, Minnesota Whitetail Deer Hunters, MN Deer Hunters Association, Ducks Unlimited, and was a Life Member of the NRA. A staunch supporter of the Republican Party, Kelly was a delegate for Glendorado Township. He honored our Service Members and the American Flag and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion for 15 years. He was a member of the Gilman Creamery Coop Board and St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Kelly had great times playing softball and baseball and also played racquetball. Over the years, he played on teams for: Foley High School & Foley American Legion baseball teams and the A&W, Foley Produce and Arnold's Equipment softball teams. Kelly was a history buff and loved socializing with people at the gun shop and the many banquets he worked at.

He is survived by his significant other, Melissa Christensen of Foley; dogs, Bo & Patton; siblings: Larry (Joyce) of Foley, Jane (Gary) Swanson of Foley, Janet (Bob) Abfalter of Foley, Duane (Lesley) of Foley, Kevin (JoAnn) of Foley, Mary Kay (Steve Fleace) of Grand Marais and Lynn Marie (Tim Kampa) of Foley; 20 nieces and nephews; 22 great nieces and nephews as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter (August 27, 2005) and Kathleen (March 11, 2008), brothers, Gary (January 26, 2000) and Tom (November 9, 2015).