Jerry Winkler

Jerry Don Winkler

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
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Jerry Don Winkler (August 21,1942 - June 2, 2020), went to be with his Father the Lord in Heaven. "The kindest human I ever met" passed away in Bakersfield, California, with all his family by his side. Jerry was born in Tishomingo, Oklahoma to parents Bert and Lillian Winkler. He was the third of six children. Jerry completed elementary school in Tishomingo before the family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1956. He attended junior high and high school in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1961, Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Carylon Jordan quickly re-defining devotion and unconditional love. Jerry and Carol started a family when first born, Nicky was born in Texas. Shortly after the birth of Nick, he moved the family to Bakersfield, California in search of greater opportunities and a better life for his family.
Once they arrived in Bakersfield, he attended and completed Bakersfield Adult
School followed by Bakersfield College. Finding a job at McCullough Oil, Jerry and Carol met two couples that became special, lifelong friends in Harold & Donna Eggers and Doug & June Kaiser. Their families became surrogate relatives for all their children, and he remained best friends with Harold and Doug until he passed, having weekly coffee outings. The family grew to four when favorite son, Scott was born. He soon began his career job with Colgate Palmolive as a sales representative until he retired after suffering a serious stroke. He received several accolades as a salesman for Colgate-Palmolive culminated by being inducted into the Colgate-Palmolive Hall of Fame. His indelible personality was most evident after his stroke, despite doctors "projected quality of life", with unabridged determination, an inexplicable perseverance, the loss of his right side could not slow this man. After his stroke and ensuing rehabilitation, he established a perfect , attendance record, as he never missed one single sporting event of his grandbabies who all played no less than three sports from little league to high school, with their grandpa in the stands. Twelve months after his stroke his patient demeanor allowed him to do with one hand, what most cannot do with two

In 1993, Jerry became a grandfather and within a few years, he had three grandbabies that quickly became the apple of his eye. Conrad, Clayton, and Calvin Winkler shared the joy of having "The worlds greatest Grandpa". When Carol retired, they began traveling the globe, enjoying several cruises, spending time at the coast, and becoming heavily involved with their church, Valley Bible Fellowship.

After making Valley Bible Fellowship their church home, he became "the beloved greeter" for the church, welcoming each guest and giving numerous kids "the fist-bump" as they would run towards him. Whether it was his kind heart, bright smile and beautiful blue eyes, children would naturally gravitate to him.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild Carter Winkler, and two siblings (Bob & Mike). He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Carylon; two sons Nick Winkler (Coral & son Tyler) and Scott Winkler (Susie Winkler); grandchildren Conrad, Clayton, and Calvin Winkler. He was also blessed with his special granddaughters, Hannah & Sarah Aurin and Necole Dominguez (Saint). Jerry has three siblings still residing in Texas (Ricky, JoAnn & Brenda).

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting all donations be made to Valley Bible Fellowship ( or P.O. Box 6266, Bakersfield, CA 93386) and thanks to Teri and all the staff at Hoffman Hospice for their assistance.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest - Celebration of Life Center
  • Service

    Thursday, June 11th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, June 11th, 2020 10:00am
    Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest - Celebration of Life Center


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Dennis Dilley

Posted at 05:32pm
Winkler Family, I am so sad to hear of Jerry's passing,I can't think of a greater person I have ever known and worked with in sales in Bakersfield. A family loving man and Jerry loved God. Carol if you or the boys EVER need anything Please call me. I looked at my calendar and saw my message to call Jerry on his birthday of which I did every year..missing only 1 in 12 years. I LOVE THE WINKLER FAMILY.


I will keep Jerry and The Winkler Family in my thoughts and prayers.
Dennis Dilley

Jeff Fox

Posted at 05:24pm
I have never forgotten the time Jerry brought me home from the Winkler reunion and let me run around with Scott. I know he will be missed by all.
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Posted at 08:58am
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. He will be missed. Xxxxxx
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Glenn and Kelle Black.

Posted at 03:24pm
Lover of God! Lover of Carol! Lover of All! Until we meet again. Prayers for all who were left behind.
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