Willis Lee “Bill” Winstrom

Willis Lee “Bill” Winstrom

April 17, 1933 – March 4, 2020


Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Wayne Dean.  Survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Sydney (Marshall); two children, Andrew Lee Winstrom (Beverly) and Claire Christine Lenz (Craig); and two grandchildren, Catherine and Jacob Lenz.

Bill was born and lived his entire life in Omaha.  He graduated from Central High School and Grinell College, Grinnell, Iowa.  It was while attending Grinnell he met his wife, Sydney.  They were married June 1955 and had two children.  He was a member of Morning Star Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and ushered for over 50 years, until walking was no longer possible.  He served on the advisory board at Wells Fargo Bank, the boards of the Salvation Army, Bridges Provident Trust, and Methodist Hospital.  Bill was owner of Pennfield Oil and Animal Health Company for many years.  He was a leader and innovator in the animal health business, with many friends in the industry all over the world.

Bill was a quiet, gentle, and modest man, never wanting to call attention to himself.  He made friends with everyone’s pet dog, and especially loved his own welsh corgi, Charlie.  He traveled for business, but still enjoyed traveling for pleasure as well.

Family will receive friends Thursday, March 12th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel.  MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, March 13th, 11am, Morning Star Lutheran Church (331 S 85th Ave.)  Private Family INTERMENT.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Morning Star Lutheran Church, Methodist Hospital or Endless Journey Hospice.





  • Tracy Mumford Posted March 7, 2020 4:03 pm

    Sydney, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill was a good man and I really enjoyed working for him.

  • Claire Woelfel Posted March 7, 2020 7:17 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Ralph D. Wilson Posted March 9, 2020 9:46 am

    I am sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was an important, good man and I was proud to work for him.

  • Barry Butterfield Posted March 11, 2020 9:47 am

    We are saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. My father knew and worked with Bill for many years, and always spoke highly of him. It meant a lot to me and our family when Bill and Sydney attended my dad’s memorial service several years ago. Thank you for the friendship you’ve shown us, and know that our prayers are with you.

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