Dan “Big D” Winkler Sr.

November 13, 1953 ‒ August 23, 2020

Perrysville, Ohio

The passing of an instrumental member of Eagles Aerie #2275, Trustee and Past President, Dan “Big D” Winkler Sr.  passed away peacefully at his home around 6:30 pm, Sunday, August 23, 2020. Dan’s friendly face, cheerful disposition, and dedication to the Aerie will never be forgotten. He loved the club and its members very much, and he gave so much of himself to all of us. “Big D” was the epitome of ‘Service Above Self’. He will be sorely missed.

He was born November 13, 1953, in Lodi, Ohio to parents Roy C. & Hazel (Montgomery) Winkler Sr. After he graduated from Clover Leaf High School with the class of 1972, he married a young lady named Linda Ickes on April 14, 1974. The pair have spent 46 wonderful years together.

Dan was a truck driver for 40+ years. He drove all different kinds of trucks for different companies but was mainly a long-distance driver. Most recently before retirement, Dan drove truck for White Line Transportation Company.

He was a musician for over 40 years, playing the bass guitar and lead vocals. Dan loved karaoke night with his son and daughter and picking his flat-top guitar around a campfire. In Dan’s younger years he obtained the prestigious award of becoming an Eagle Scout, which is the highest achievement of the toughest challenges in boy scouts. He was also an excellent cook, especially known for his made from scratch buttermilk biscuits. Dan enjoyed fishing with his grandson and loved his family very much.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda A. (Ickes) Winkler of Perrysville; his children Daniel R. Winkler Jr. and Angela A. Winkler both of Perrysville; grandson Korben R. Winkler of Perrysville; siblings Shirley McDougal of Seville, Donna Farner of Sterling, Bonna Gobert of Smithville, Harry (Fran) Winkler of Arlington, TX, and Roy C. (Joanie)Winkler Jr. of  Medina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dan was preceded in death by grandson Tyler J. Endsley; brothers-in-law Henry C. McDougal Sr., Randall Farner, and David Gobert; his niece Carmen Collins; father and mother-in-law John D. and Mary M. Ickes.

Dan’s family will receive friends Monday, August 31, 2020, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home Lindsey Chapel, Loudonville. A Celebration of Life honoring Dan will be held at a later date.

Contributions in Dan’s memory to the American Diabetes Association may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home-Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Dan’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com


  • I’m so sorry for your loss, God has a special place for Big D.he is loved by so many prayers for all

  • My deepest sympathies, Linda. Dan was a bigger- than- life guy. Please know I’ll be thinking of you and your family.


    • Sorry for your lost dan was a great man will always miss him God bless you all,we had some great times

  • My Dear Winkler Family….my heart is so sad and is broken for you all and us friends. I’m having a hard time thinking of a world without Big D in it. I have SO many memories I’ve made with you all…great ones for sure lol. i’m really regretting that i didn’t make it to the new year’s eve celebration but i can’t change that. Damn this getting older, i hate it. I love you all and will see you Monday. xoxoxo Yo Ho

  • What a phenomenal dedication to Big D!

    He was an amazing man, and brought smiles to the faces of so many. I have so many amazing memories at your house, and I’ll forever be grateful for the love you all have for each other and your friends.

    My heart and deepest condolences go out to the Winkler family during this difficult time. Love you all. Big D will forever be missed, but he left an amazing legacy as well. Cherish those memories right now.

  • Our deepest condolences to the whole extended Winkler family at the departure of a well loved family member. I think my wife Maud and I got to meet him last year when we came up from Tennessee for our McDougal sister’s funeral and were hosted by our brother Steve McDougal. Our condolences also go to our mother Ms Shirley McDougal, the loving sister of the deoarted. Dereck, Yvonne and family, as well as my family regret that we couldn’t be with you at this time due to the current pandemic. We however pray for Jesus, the Prince of peace to grant you uncommon peace and comfort in the hope that we will rise together with “Big D” when the final trumpet sounds.

  • My deepest sympathy to Linda, Daniel Jr, Angela and the rest of the family. I have so many wonderful memories of the times when we all lived in “Mel’s Mobile’s” so many years ago.
    May God be with your family in this time of sorrow. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Winkler family. I am so sorry to hear Big D passing away. I was the drummer from Doby Itch back when the Rattlesnake existed. He was a kind man and he always made me laugh singing the yoho song at our shows. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace my friend. Hope your playing music in heaven.