Daryle Vernon Winder


September 1, 1934 – August 31, 2023

Daryle Vernon Winder, 88, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 31, 2023, hours before his 89th birthday. He was surrounded by family when the angels carried him to Heaven.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa on September 1, 1934, Daryle was the oldest of three children born to the late, James Henry and Echo Oliva (Horstman) Winder. He is preceded in death by his brother, James Kent Winder, and survived by his sister, Sharon Kay Winder.

Daryle graduated from North High School in Des Moines, IA in 1952. At 17, he set aside his dream to attend college to work fulltime to help support his family. Daryle’s father was paralyzed from a hunting accident, his sister disabled since birth, and younger brother still in school.

Daryle met the love of his life, Dee (Floidine) Ann Hayner, in Des Moines. They married July 12, 1956, and had two children, Kari and Kirk.

Daryle’s longstanding career with Northwestern Bell (AT & T) started in 1952. He was employed as a frameman and worked his way up to a switchman, installer, and department manager before retiring in 1987. Daryle’s employment moved him from Des Moines to Charles City, Iowa 1966-1969, Sioux City, Iowa 1968-1983, and Flanders, New Jersey, 1983-1987. Daryle moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1987, where he worked for Independent Technologies before officially retiring at age 83.

Daryle will be fondly remembered for many things. He was a man of faith, integrity, humility, gentle words, compassion, generosity, and unconditional love. Daryle was self-made, hardworking, successful, and funny. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and football. He stood by the Huskers until his last game on August 31. Daryle loved traveling with Dee, family, and friends. Memorable trips included Estes Park, Maui, New Zealand, and the Grand Cayman islands. He enjoyed celebrating with family and friends on holidays, birthdays, special days, and ordinary days.

Daryle was a 32° Mason, member of the Covert Lodge in Omaha, first initiated in 1956. He became a Shriner in 1988 and was a member of the Arab Patrol, Omaha Tangier Shrine, where he assisted with charitable fund-raising events, marched in parades, and helped transport children to Shrine Hospitals. He was a member of Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church in Omaha.

Daryle will be especially remembered for living a full, happy life. He was a dedicated and loving husband for 67 years, a devoted father, and  proud grandfather “Poppy” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Daryle cherished being an active part in the lives of his family and friends. He touched many lives in such a powerful and wonderful way that his legacy of love, goodness, and kindness will not end, but will continue through everyone who knew him. Daryle will be forever loved, and sorely missed by many.

Daryle is survived by his wife, Dee; sister, Sharon; children, Kari Winder (Carol) and Kirk Winder (Cathy); grandchildren: Joshua Winder, Sarah Pattrin (Shaun) and Allison Lee (Brenden); eight great-grandchildren; extended family, and many special friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Masonic Service Friday, September 8, 2023, 10:00 a.m. at the West Center Chapel, followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. There will be a celebration of life luncheon at the Tangier Shrine Center, 2823 South 84th Street, Omaha directly after the service. The family will receive friends one hour before the memorial service. A private internment of ashes will be at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.

To view a live broadcast of the memorial service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • Laura Wolff Posted September 5, 2023 12:31 pm

    Kari ,
    So sorry for the loss of your Father. God Bless and Keep you. Know he is resting in the arms of the Angels🙏🙏

  • Mary Ann Olig Posted September 5, 2023 12:44 pm

    I am truly heartbroken that my birthday twin and husband of precious Dee is gone. Even though I did not know him well except through Dee I will miss him. What a powerhouse he was. God speed Daryl.

  • William Jones Posted September 5, 2023 1:37 pm

    So sorry for your loss…he must have been a Great Man

  • barb Gray Posted September 5, 2023 3:20 pm

    So So sorry for your loss
    Daryl was such a nice gentleman. He will be missed by many

  • Hank Smith Posted September 7, 2023 7:17 pm

    Daryle was a great person to work with who always had a smile and a good word to start the day (usually around 6 am).. And, he always told the best jokes! Our condolences to Dee and the rest of Daryle’s wonderful family.

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