Friday, March 19, 2010

OBTL Bert Winston

Bert F. Winston Jr.

services today at 2 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Home in Kerrville . . .

DENVER — Bert F. Winston Jr., husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, age 76, died in a Denver hospital on March 7, 2010.

Memorial services will be on Friday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville.
Bert was born on Nov. 2, 1933, in Houston to Carroll Sterling Masterson and Bert Farmer Winston Sr. A fifth-generation Texan, Bert was proud of his Texas heritage as well as the years that he lived in Mexico City. As a child, the family moved to Mexico City, where his stepfather, Jack Cowan, was in charge of Westinghouse Mexico. Bert loved Mexico and, to this day, owned a ranch outside of Uruapan and had many lifelong friends from there.

Upon Mr. Cowan’s death in a tragic plane crash, the family moved to Kansas and then eventually back to Houston, where his mother later married Harris Masterson III. Bert attended The Kinkaid School, The American School in Mexico City, Culver Military Academy, Lamar High School and the University of Houston before entering the U.S. Army.

He married Lynda Hepinstall, began his family and then joined the Army Reserves before going into investments and real estate. When Lynda died unexpectedly, he married Barbara Wallace, and they had four more children. He married Deborah Dieringer Turner in 1993.

Bert loved the Houston Cougars and was an avid supporter of the university where he and his wife set up The Bert and Deborah Winston Scholarship Endowment for athletes at the school. He also was a member of the International Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for many years. In 1978, Bert moved to Hunt, Texas, where his grandmother had a summer home, which the family enjoyed for vacations and during the summers. He lived there until he moved to Segovia, Texas, about a year and half ago.

Bert owned and operated The Hunt Store for several years in the early 1980s, served on the boards for the Sterling-Turner Foundation and the Hill Country Youth Ranch and was a supporter of Schreiner University, the new Peterson Regional Medical Center, Friends and Faculty of Ingram Tom Moore High School, the Hunt VFD, as well as many other charities throughout the state.

Everyone who knew Bert knew what a wonderful sense of humor he had and how much he enjoyed having a good time. Some of his favorite things were collecting and showing classic cars, country swing music, good friends, watching sports, cold beer and Rush Limbaugh. He loved to laugh and always had a twinkle in his eye. Bert was known for being a kind and generous man, music producer, drummer, rancher, investor, philanthropist and genuine human being. What you saw was who he was. Bert’s legacy will go on and will carry on his spirit of generosity, sense of humor and love for life.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Deborah Winston; his children, Chaille Hawkins and husband, Freddie, David Winston and wife, Larilyn, Bert Winston, III and wife, Pauline, Rosalind Newton, Blake Winston and Phillip Winston; and his stepson, Tyler Turner.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Carroll Schuler and her husband, Zach, Michael Hawkins and wife, Elizabeth, Rocky Winston, Cadi Hawkins, Braylon Winston, Jacob Newton, Erin Newton, Max Winston, Daniel Winston, Sterling Winston and his newest granddaughter born this week, Lilah Elizabeth Winston; as well as a great-grandson, Cole Schuler. Bert’s sister, Isla Reckling and her husband, Tommy, also survive, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bert was preceded in death by his parents, stepfathers and first wife, Lynda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any of the charities Bert supported or to the charity of your choice.

The family invites you to send condolences at by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

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At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss my dad.I think of him every day.


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