Richard F. Winstel

June 14, 1949 - July 4, 2009

06/14/1949 - 07/04/2009

Past Services

Service
Monday July 06, 2009
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions
Visitation
Monday July 06, 2009
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions

Winstel, Richard F. of Wheeling, WV died July 4, 2009 at the age of 60. He was born June 14, 1949 in Martins Ferry, OH, the son of Maxine Winstel of Wheeling and the late Allan Winstel. Richard is survived by his four brothers, Mark Jo of Waynesville, NC, Thomas Debra of Beavercreek, OH, David Lee Ann of Wheeling, WV, and Daniel of San Diego, CA. Other surviving family includes nieces Jennifer, Jill, and Kira; nephews Jeremy and Greg; and numerous great nieces and nephews. Rich worked as a mechanic of small engines in his latter years, and as a logger in the northern forests of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in his earlier years. An avid pool player, he was a member of the Ohio Valley BCA Pool League. He loved music, hunting and fishing, and was a true outdoorsman and rugged individualist. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcomed at Wheeling Health Right, 61-29th St, Wheeling, WV 26003, or online at wheelinghealthright.com.

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Missy Whiteman Gadient
7 years ago

Dave and Family

Sorry to hear of the passing of your brother

You are in our thoughts and prayers

Missy

Diane Blazier Baker
7 years ago

Dear Dan and family,

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. May your wonderful memories of good times be a comfort to you now.

Missi Braun
7 years ago

Dear Dave and Family,

We are deeply saddened by Rich’s passing. He was a very good friend who touched all of our lives. Rich will be greatly missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rob & Ron Rogerson and Missi Braun

Becky Carroll
7 years ago

Dear David and Family,

My Deepest Sympathy. Such a great guy. So sad to know that you lost your brother and friend so soon.

You, Kira, your Mother, Brothers and families will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Take Good Care,

xo

Becky

Donna Craig
7 years ago

Dear Maxine, Max told us of Richard’s passing. Just wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Adriana
7 years ago

Dear Winstel Family,

I am so sorry on the passing of your son, brother, uncle. May his soul rest in peace. Dan, my most sincere condolences to you, your family, and specially your mom. I extend my prayers to you. AP

Jeff and Shelly
7 years ago

Dear Winstel Family,

We are so sad to hear of Rich’s passing. We will always remember the good times and stories at the tavern. We’ll miss watching Ax Men on television together, singing Happy Birthday Mr. President in a Marilyn Monroe voice, and watching him shoot pool. He will be greatly missed.

Bunny Green
7 years ago

Dear Winstel Family,

You nave my deepest sympathies for the loss of Richard. God Bless you all and Richard. You all will be in my prayers.

Sincere Blessings, Bunny Green

Christie Hall
7 years ago

Dear Winstel Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. Words can’t explain the sadness I feel. Rich will forever be in my heart. May you rest in peace my dear friend. God has another Angel now. Love Chrissy.

Diana Dawson Buzzard
7 years ago

Dear Winstel Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I knew Rich back in the 1960’s when I was a student at West Liberty. I remember being at your house on Edgington Lane. I saw Rich last month at the Alpha and that is a good memory. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kristin, Greg and Nathan Keast
7 years ago

Dearest Daniel and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Kristin, Greg and Nathan

Jerry & Leslie McGlumphy
7 years ago

Dearest David and Family.

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We hope and pray that the fond memories of your loving Rich bring you some comfort at this sad time. God’s Speed!

PS. I still remember the time when Rich came to mine and Benji’s aid after we spilled Benj’s dads Honda 65 on Edgington Lane near the Good Shephard Nursing Home. We kinda “borrowed” the bike while Benj’s dad was away. I think we were 16 or 17 at the time

Michael Johnson
7 years ago

Few weeks ago Rich sent Pam and I a thank-you card. In the card he said, “Thanks for all you both have done for me over the last few years”. Today, I am the one saying thank-you! Thanks Rich for the memories that I have of the friendship, the laughter we shared, the 1000000000+ of pool games, the friendship you extend to me when I 1st move to the valley from NC, the long talks we shared as buddy. To the family I am truly sorry for your loss. Rich was one of a kind, and he’ll be missed a lot….!!

Lori Lester
7 years ago

I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sincerely,

Lori Lester

Mike
7 years ago

I remember meeting Rich while I was out cruising around in my boat one spring morning in 1973, at the time Rich was living in small old cabin which he had fixed while he was building a nice 2 story A frame cabin which was nestled in a small cove on the beautiful Quatsino sound near Port Alice on Northern Vancouver Island, BC.

Rich was one of those persons who you instantly formed a great connection with, a life time bond as his friendly outgoing nature always welcomed you, his smile would light up any room. His laid back nature and vast worldly knowledge combined with his great sense of humor would keep us intrigued or laughing till the wee hours.

His Marilyn Monroeís Mr. President was a classic as was his talent at playing Yankee Doodle on his crow call, it was totally amazing how many crows flocked over to check out the tune..

I recall one scorching August afternoon being out fishing and catching 2 nice Ling Cod not far from Richís cabin where he was living with his girlfriend Karin. I knew they would be delighted to have one of these beautiful fish for dinner so I stopped by to share my catch with them. As no one was around, I cut off two nice 15 pound fillets and left them in the kitchen sink, as they had no fridge. I knew the next time I saw Rich, he would pass on their appreciation for the fish. Sure enough, I saw him in town about 2 weeks later and he called out to me.. ìSpikeî as he waves me over and asks, ìSpike did you drop off a couple of fish at the cabin a few weeks backî Yes, I sure did!! Thinking to myself, here comes my big thank you, Ö Rich says, ìFor Christ sakes Spike, we were in Vancouver for a week, we got home the whole place was so full of flies, we couldnít get in the door and the cabin smelled so bad we had to sleep under the cabin porch for the night! Ohhh not good, I thought! I always learned something of value when I was around Rich and this one was, the best of intentions do not always go as planned Ö.

Rich was the kind of guy who you could always count on to be there for you. My brother was lost at sea when his salvage boat sank off the BC Coast in 1985. Rich was the first person I called to meet me at the helicopter and start searching the shoreline in hopes he had survived. There was Rich at first light waiting at the pad, he had packed a lunch for both of us, little things like this show the thoughtfulness and compassion of Rich.

Its hard to see the good people pass on who have made a positive impact on our lives.

My thoughts and memories of Rich will live on until the path I walk ends and a new chapter begins where we are reunited with the ones we hold so close in our hearts.

I thank the Winstel family for haven given me the opportunity to share a part of Richís life and to have met such an awesome person, take care my friend.

Cindy Lutz Hill
7 years ago

I was sorry to hear about Rich’s passing. I remember him as a funny, fun-loving person. Although I graduated high school with him, I never got to know him until our college years. I was so glad to see him again a few times when I visited Wheeling after all his years away. My condolences to his friends and family.

The other half of the Johnson Clan
7 years ago

I’ve been wanting to send this for a while but my words were garbled in my head as to what I’d say…so many memories that make me laugh, and cry at the same time. I love you Rich. I will miss you terribly. I’ll miss all the fun we always had and smile when I think of all the ornery things you used to do…ok we both used to do. But Michael never got jealous. I loved all the time I spent with you and loved spending your birthday with you when you were feeling better and taught me how to play golf the one and only time I’ve ever played. I will always miss our talks and will hold in my heart the sound of your voice and your laughter. My eyes will tear up when I think of that beautiful smile of yours and know that someday I will finally get to see it again. You were a great person and moreover, a great friend. We love you and will miss you my friend. We had a drink for you the other night. How did you ever drink that crap???? LOL

God took a good one home in you and though I’ll miss you terribly, I can’t be sad because at least you’re not struggling to breathe anymore. There is nothing worse than that. Rest in peace my friend until we meet again.

Shirley Oldenburg
7 years ago

Just want to send my condolences to the family. Rich was a wonderful person and will be missed by all his friends. I was amazed by how determined he was to keep going and how compassionate he was towards others. Love you Rich. You left us too soon.

Raenel Edge
7 years ago

Mrs.Winstel and Family I will miss Rich alot. He and I were really good friends and his presence will be greatly missed at the Tavern. He entertained us with some very wild stories that keep us laughing every time we talk about it.It seems quiet without him. Rest in peace Rich no more pain. Raenel Edge

Bruce Gordon
7 years ago

My sincere condolences to the Winstel family on Richard’s passing. He was a nice easy going guy who never complained. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.

Bruce Gordon

Ursula Holden
7 years ago

Rich will be missed. He was a great guy. We went on a date once a long time ago. I think I scared him off when I played my Tom Jones sings the Beatles album. I still laugh when I remember it. My deepest sympathy to his family. Urs

John McGee
7 years ago

Thank you Daniel, for including Jane and me. I am sorry for your loss and I wish I had met him. Peace, Brother…I love you Daniel. John

Kitty Carpenter
7 years ago

To the Winstel Family;

I am so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. It was such a shock!

I can remember all of the fun we all had at Grubro’s, with Rich being one of the instigators! He definitely didn’t mind keeping it going! Still makes me chuckle!

It was during the 2004 presidential election that we decided Rich was going to run for president. He was called Mr. President for quite a while. We thought he’d look good dressed up as Uncle Sam. And no, the campaign didn’t improve much from that point on! It was fun though!

Well Rich, old buddy, old pal,,,I know your up there in heaven feeling sooo much better, and probably shooting that perfect game.

Have a couple rum and cokes for us poor folks who can’t even spell “pul” pool and may God Bless You!

Thank You Mr. President.

Love,

Kitty

Lisa & Rick
7 years ago

We will greatly miss Rich. He was such a wonderful guy. Rich was always up for great conversation. He had such a calm soul and it was easy to talk with him. We’ll also always remember watching all the travel shows with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

God Bless You,

Lisa & Rick W.

Rick & Sandy
7 years ago

Words cannot express the sadness of Rich’s passing. So, we will remember the good times with him. Our condolences to all of his family.