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Charles R. Winter III '64

Charles R. Winter III, 65, of Williamsport, PA, died May 9, 2011 of pancreatic cancer at the Gatehouse Hospice. He was born April 18, 1946, in Williamsport, PA, the son of Charles R. and Barbara C. (Harbison) Winter II. 

Charles was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Era, serving in the Middle East. He retired from the National Security Agency in 2005 after 30 years of service as a Linguist Specialist. He attended USAF Language School at Syracuse University, spoke seven languages and was a member of the Air Force Alumni Group and Phoenix Society. 

Charles was a double-decker tour bus driver for George Washington University, at one time conducting a tour of Washington, DC for a bus load of Medal of Honor winners. He was also a limousine driver for over 25 years for graduating school students, bachelor and bachelorette parties, etc. In his off time, Charles would conduct tours of the Washington, DC area for the visiting friends and relatives of the people he worked with free of charge. He created a lot of unforgettable memories for many people. 

Charles was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Ivy Lodge No. 397 F. & A.M., a 32nd degree Mason and an officer of the Eastern Star. Charles enjoyed model railroads and cars. He was a member of the Meade Area Railroad Society (M.A.R.R.S.), often representing the Society at its Timonium Fairgrounds display. Charles was also a member of the Keystone Cruisers, the North Central Mustang Club, S.C.C.A. and was a world traveler. 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Marc Winter. He is survived by three daughters, Kirsten A. (Tyrone Wills) Winter of Williamsport, PA, and Katrina C. (Glenn) Webster and Kendra F. Winter, both of Baltimore; and five grandchildren, James R., Nicholas V. and Kira M. Winter, and James I. and Ariel N. Webster. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16 at the Knight-Confer Funeral Home, Inc., 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport, PA, with Rev. David Shaheen officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 10:50 a.m. with a Masonic service at 10:50 a.m. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland, PA. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2233 Linn St., Williamsport, PA 17701. www.knightconferfuneralhome.com


Published in The Capital on May 15, 2011