Gerald J. Winchell Col USAF (Ret)

Gerald J. Winchell Col USAF (Ret)

March 21, 1929 – April 19, 2022

Age 93

Gerald was raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the son of Agnes and Paul E. Winchell.  He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and Case Institute of Technology, where he was a member of Zeta Psi and Theta Tau Fraternities.

In 1952 he married his high school sweetheart, Betty M. Pickford, and entered the U.S. Air Force as a Second Lieutenant.  He served at bases within the United States, Grand Bahama Island, Germany, Libya, and Australia.  He was a pioneer in Guided Missile, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and Military Space Operations.

His assignments were in units which operated the Matador Intermediate Range Missile, Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, and several military space systems.  He served a total of 27 years, with nine years in unit command positions. His decorations include:  two Legion of Merit medals, one Meritorious Service Medal, and four Air Force Commendation medals.

Gerald was an active adult volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America for 15 years, and was awarded the Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor.  He treasured his family, and loved adventures in far off places around the world and in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Preceded in death by his wife Betty; daughter Donna Gullickson; brothers Robert W. and Donald E. Winchell; sister-in-law Myrbeth Pickford.

Survived by his children Steven Winchell; Kathie Haskins (Joel); Glenn Winchell  (Kris); grandchildren Adam Gullickson (Courtney), Kevin Gullickson (Zoe), Heather Haskins, Jay Haskins, Kyle Winchell (Kaitlyn), Jason Winchell, six great-grandchildren; son-in-law Dale Gullickson; brother-in-law Bruce Pickford.

Visitation: Friday, April 29, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel.

Funeral Service: Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m., Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel.

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Interment: Cedar Dale Cemetery

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Military Honors:  Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard

Memorials: Mid America Council Boy Scouts of America or Open Door Mission.


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