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Wayne Curtis Winslow

February 14, 1922 - March 28, 2021
From: Grand Rapids, MI
Wayne Curtis Winslow

Wayne Curtis Winslow

Born: February 14, 1922
Died: March 28, 2021
Age: 99

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Wayne Winslow died March 28, 2021 in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, his home since 2013.
Wayne was born February 14, 1922, in Spencer, Iowa, the only child of C.C.N. and Tena Flaskegaard Winslow. He graduated from Spencer High School in 1939. He then attended Northwestern University, but his college career was interrupted by World War II. He was commissioned an officer in the Army Air Corps, and flew in the Pacific Theater 1943-1945. He was awarded two oak leaf clusters for merit, and the Air Medal. He graduated from Northwestern, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.                                                                             
Wayne married Mary Annette Stoner, known as Sammy, in 1944.  He and Sammy raised their four children in Spencer. Wayne and his parents operated The Beehive, a department store. After his parents’ retirement, he redesigned the store on Grand Avenue and changed its name to Winslow’s Department Store. He operated Winslow’s until he sold the business in 1983.
After Sammy’s death in 1974, Wayne met Donna Jean Stille, and they were married in 1976. They lived in Spencer, at Lake Okoboji, and in Naples, Florida during their marriage. After Donna Jean’s death in 2012, he moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he made his home for the remainder of his life.
Wayne was active in many public and civic activities throughout his life. He served on the boards of the Spencer Municipal Hospital, the Spencer Golf and Country Club (former President), the Spencer National Bank, the Y.M.C.A., the Chamber of Commerce (former Chairman of the Board of Trustees), the Kiwanis Club, and the Grace Methodist Church in Spencer; and on the board of Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Florida. He was an active supporter of the Clay County Fair, running the harness races for many years. He gave generous financial support to many non-profit and charitable organizations throughout his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents,  and his wives, Sammy and Donna Jean. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Mimi Winslow and Chris Tompkins, Tom and Mary Winslow, Charlie Winslow and Judy Sopeland, and Barbara and David Boardman, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two step-children, Steve Stille and his wife Becky, and Deb Trizilla, and their children and grandchildren. He will be remembered as a gentleman who enjoyed today and looked to the future.  He will be missed by the many friends and family with whom he shared his enjoyment of jazz, golfing, fishing, nature, Northwestern University sports, the Chicago Cubs, good food and a good laugh. He will be honored by his family for his generosity to them and his commitment to their well being.
Private Services will be held 1:00P.M., Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Due to Covid, the funeral will be a private family event but will be live streamed by Grace United Methodist Church (

The family suggests that remembrances be directed to:
Spencer Family YMCA,
1001 11 Ave W., Spencer, IA 51301

or Grace United Methodist Church
311 2nd Ave W., Spencer, IA 51301

or Beacon Hill Foundation
1919 Boston St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Pastor Paul Fredriksen
JP Greer
Bob Higgins
Chuch Pohar
Tim Steffen
Jeff Thomas
John Thomas
"Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring"
"Come Sunday"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"It's A Wonderful World"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, April 5, 2021 at 2:02 PM
“Mimi, Tom, Charlie, Barbara and families,
Sorry for your loss.
Your Dad was one of the Spencer Legends. I got to know him in 1965 and had many, many great conversations with him over the years, as his advertising Rep from KICD and as a friend. Winslows Store was a Spencer landmark and destination for shoppers for years. Red Skelton bought a big place setting of Noritake China for his wife when he was at the Clay County Fair and your Dad had it dropped shipped. I was very fortunate to know and have your Dad as a friend, and Spencer was fortunate to have. Hit em up the middle in Heaven Wayne.”
- Dave Potratz
Friday, April 2, 2021 at 8:30 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was a good friend and a fine man. He is already missed. After a long and fruitful life, may he rest in peace.”
- Gene Hall
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:55 PM
“Tom and families, Wayne will be missed by all especially by the morning coffee group, there were alot of stories told over coffee. We all send our condolences and prayers.”
- Tim Brinkley
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:55 PM
“Grandpa Wayne was a very special man in my life. He taught me how to fish, golf, and many other life long values. I enjoyed every minute i was able to share with him. I remember our early morning and evening fishing trips, the hundreds of rounds of golf on the best courses Iowa and Florida had to offer, and the many boat rides across beautiful West Okoboji to Arnolds Park to grab a dilly bar and a roller coaster ride. He was a wonderful man and i will miss him dearly. Rest in Peace Grandpa, i will cherish the wonderful memories we shared together. ”
- Chad Felix
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:55 PM
“Tom and family, we are so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing, he will be missed by the morning coffee group at Main Street. There were always lots of laughts and problem solveing, please except our condolences, and prayers.”
- Tim Brinkley
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:55 PM
“ To the Winslow family...Wayne was a kind and enduring part of my life. When he married my mom he inherited my brother & I as well ! He was the best “stepdad” we could have hoped for. I will miss him ! ”
- Deb Trizila
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:55 PM
“My Sympathy to Wayne's family. He was a kind man and always a pleasure to talk with.”
- Diane Fitzgerald Mozena
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“To all in Wayne's family, I extend to you my deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Cherish your memories of him as will all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Rest in Peace Wayne. Get a hole in one in heaven for me and enjoy the 19th hole for me.”
- Mari Lu Larson
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“I have known Wayne my entire life since Barbara and I were good friends and were involved in many activities together. I loved seeing him at the Beehive and later Winslow’s because he was always so welcoming and always had a smile on his face. I admired Wayne for his zest for life, especially in his retirement days. He was indeed an inspiration! His commitment to his family, business and community was unparalleled. His was a life embraced and well lived. My deepest sympathy to all of you at this time. Cherish those many happy memories!”
- Patty Mallory Robidoux
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5:11 PM
“To the Winslow family. I played alot of golf with Wayne at the sgcc. And i always said if you look up the word gentleman there would be Waynes picture. He was a good friend. RIP Wayne”
- Larry Rupert
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5:11 PM
“Barbara and family ... your Dad was one of my favorite pie customers at Julie's Diner at the Clay County Fair .... after our first meeting when I mentioned he looked just like my Uncle Charlie ... he referred to himself as Uncle Charlie year after year .... and was always fun to run into him at the Spencer YMCA - what a GREAT guy! He will be missed!”
- Virginia Bubke
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 8:29 AM
“When Wayne was living here in Spencer, IA, I enjoyed many early mornings doing laps in the YMCA pool alongside Wayne. He was always friendly & a pleasure to be around. I will treasure memories of chatting with Wayne & will pay my respects at his gravesite here at Riverside Cemetery.”
- Richard Bailey
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