Mark Leonard Winkler

Mark Leonard Winkler

Nov 26, 1954 – Dec 28, 2017

Preceded in death by, parents, Leonard and Skeets Winkler.  Survived by wife, Lori; children: Liz Tipton (Daniel), Kara Pella (Clint), and Eric Winkler; grandson, Henry Pella; many, many other loving family members.

Mark was born in Wichita, KS.  He was a proud alumnus of Wichita State University, served on the National Advisory Council, and was a loyal Shocker fan.

Mark recently retired as an executive of Union Pacific Railroad after 38 years of service. He was dedicated to his profession as an economist and to improving the lives of others through economic literacy as an educator at UNO and as Chairman for the Nebraska Council on Economic Education.  He was a mentor, confidant, and friend to his many colleagues in all his personal and professional endeavors.

Above all Mark loved his family. He is deeply missed as a husband, father and grandfather.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd at 11:15am at St. Cecilia Cathedral.  Private Interment.  Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Council on Economic Education or Wichita State University Foundation.




  • Corinne Dougherty Posted December 29, 2017 8:59 am

    Deepest sympathy on your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Mark will be remembered??

  • Bill Pemberton & Liz Pemberton Posted December 29, 2017 11:28 am

    Mark was such a caring friend to so many, a gentle and wise spirit and someone we will always be proud to call our friend. Even as he struggled with his Cancer he stayed upbeat and tried so hard to keep the mood light and hopeful with his friends and family. The loss of having Mark on this Earth is tough for all ( family , friends, co-workers ) ,but we are all better for knowing him and we know his spirit will abide in many of us well into the future. God Bless his beautiful wife and family , Mark is one we all have no doubt is sitting at the feet of our Lord.

  • Julie Zabrowski Posted December 29, 2017 11:39 am

    Lori, I am so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. It was a pleasure working with Mark in HR. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Greg Dickinson Posted December 29, 2017 12:29 pm

    Mark was one of the finest and nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know and work with. His pleasant personality and eagerness to help others at any time made him special. It truly was a privilege to be his friend and colleague. I want to express my deepest sympathy to Lori and their children — Mark was always so proud of all of you!

  • Marsha Woodard Posted December 29, 2017 2:30 pm

    Lori, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Paul Berg Posted December 29, 2017 4:31 pm

    Lori, Julia and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I have many good memories of both you and Mark from the time we worked together at Union Pacific.

    With deepest sympathy,


  • Michael Brazytis Posted December 29, 2017 5:25 pm

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for Mark and the family.

  • Ruth and Stan Zbylut Posted December 29, 2017 9:55 pm

    Lori and family, we were so saddened to learn of Mark’s passing today. He was a dedicated man – both professionally and personally. He was a wonderful husband and a loving father and now will be your guardian angel. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. God Bless, Ruthie and Stan

  • Maureen Graziano Posted December 30, 2017 11:10 pm

    Lori, Liz, Kara & Eric,
    My love to your beautiful family. Beautiful defines the Winkler family. Hugs and prayers.

  • Cindy Overhue Posted December 31, 2017 11:10 am

    Lori, so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He was a true role model on integrity and optimism. I greatly treasured the opportunity to work with him and send prayers for your family.

  • Karen Yingst Posted January 1, 2018 11:18 am

    My Dear Lori and family. I am sorry and sad to hear about Mark. Had no idea about is illness. I still remember his warm smile and friendliness every time I saw him at work. A very gentle and kind man. I know that out of great sadness comes great love. My love I send to you and yours. May the Lord comfort and bless you, Lori and Your Family. Love you, Karen.

  • Nadine Johnson Posted January 1, 2018 11:22 pm

    Lori my heart goes out to you and your family during this very dark time. Mark was such a special, person and will be sorely missed by many. I loved his wit, kindness, passion and uncompromising integrity. I remember with fondest our early days together in Finance and cherish the friendship that grew through the many years that followed. Yes, Mark was very special and I will miss him. My deepest condolences to the Winkler family

  • John & Lori Allberry Posted January 2, 2018 9:52 am

    Lori and Family: Our hearts go out to you. Mark was a great man. The UP family lost one of the best. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Doug and Nancy Glass Posted January 2, 2018 11:27 am

    Dear Lori and Family, we were surprised and saddened to learn of Mark’s passing. We fondly remember our early years in Union Pacific’s Finance Department, our friendships and your wonderful wedding in Kansas City. We will always remember Mark as one of the finest individuals we have known. Mark was never rattled, always calm and steady under pressure. He was proud of his wife and daughters and grandson. Mark had this amazing dry wit that made you smile. That is how we will remember Mark! Our thoughts, prayers and love, Doug and Nancy

  • Carolyn Meeks Posted January 2, 2018 8:46 pm

    Remembering Mark as a dedicated father to Liz and a wonderfully affirming man to anyone he encountered. My prayers are with Lori and all his wonderful family. May Mark’s gentle strength continue to be a presence in your lives.

  • Chuck Lenosky Posted January 3, 2018 6:39 pm

    I just learned the news of Mark’s passing just today. He was a wonderful man, loving husband, and father. My heartfelt condolences to Lori, Liz, Kara and Eric. Im in shock.

  • Mark Rowe Posted January 4, 2018 8:08 am

    So sorry for your loss, deepest sympathies and comforting thoughts for all the family during this difficult time.
    Mark, Jody and family.

  • Stephen Beer Posted January 5, 2018 2:36 pm

    Lori and Family,

    It was sad to hear of Mark’s passing. While it has been many years, I remember the wonderful times with you and Mark, then Liz and then Kara. Mark was a great dad and loving husband. He always had a smile, but had a calm demeanor about him. Please know that you are all in my prayers.

    Stephen Beer

  • Beth Olson Posted January 9, 2018 5:03 pm

    Lori and family,
    It’s been many years since I worked at Union Pacific, but I remember Mark very fondly. He was such a kind and good man who always seemed to have a smile. I am very sorry for your loss.

    Beth Olson

  • Melissa Piennett Posted January 10, 2018 12:09 pm

    Lori and family,
    It’s been many years, but I remember Mark’s calm economist demeanor well. Lori I am so sorry for your loss. Please know my prayers are with you and your family.
    Melissa Piennett

  • Vince Shay Posted January 13, 2018 5:21 pm

    Cathy and Vince Shay send our condolences on your loss of husband, father & friend. Peace be with you.

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