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James Keith Wineinger
  • 79 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 21, 1936
  • Place of birth:
    French Lick, Indiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 11, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Indian Land, South Carolina, United States
Let the memory of Keith be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, James Wineinger, 79, born on August 21, 1936 and passed away on January 11, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Debby Poulsen on 24th November 2016

"Dad
We are all having our own memories of you on this Thanksgiving Day. What I'm most Thanful for today is that you gave your life to Jesus, and I will get to spend Eternity with you. I cannot wait until that day arrives.
I Love You Dad
Debby"

This tribute was added by Brian Wineinger on 11th November 2016

"Happy Veteran's Day Dad you are a true hero to all of us who know and love you. Love you Dad, be seeing you down the road. Your son Brian"

This tribute was added by Elle Peterson on 23rd August 2016

"Happy Birthday, Keith.  You were missed at Longhorn but there were chicken tenders and even Betty telling jokes, so you would have approved.  I really wish you would have been there.  Love, Ellen"

This tribute was added by Chad Wineinger on 21st August 2016

"Happy 80th Birthday Dad!  While everyday has been tough, some are more difficult than others.  Today was one of those days.  I thought about you all day and while reflecting on some of the many great memories it brought laughter and a smile to face.  Wish you were here so I could express my love and gratitude.  So fortunate to have had you as my dad.  I love you and I miss you!"

This tribute was added by Pamela Byard on 21st August 2016

"Dad, we know that today would've been your 80th birthday and you really wanted to make it at least that long but God had different plans for you!  We've thought about you a lot today and even attended the state fair which you enjoyed greatly with the family for many years. We sure had a lot of laughs and great  memories of wonderful times there.  Although you are missed dearly, we know that heaven is your eternal home now and we look  forward to joining you when our days on earth are done! We love Dad, Pam & Dick"

This tribute was added by James Wineinger on 21st August 2016

"Happy 80th Birthday Dad. Iove  and miss you always and forever"

This tribute was added by Debby Poulsen on 21st August 2016

"Happy Heavenly 80th Birthday Dad
We all have a heavy heart today and tears are flowing. Dad I choose to know that today is the Best Birthday you have ever known, a Birthday only Our Lord and Savior can pull off. It however does not ease the earthly pain I have or Mom, Chad and the entire family will experience today.
I love you Dad
Debby"

This tribute was added by Debby Poulsen on 21st August 2016

"From Your wife Betty:
My Love
I wish you a very Happy 80th Birthday. This is not the way I had hoped and prayed for this day to be. This is a very sad day for us all, without you here. You and I have talked many times about you turning 80, but never knew you would not be here with us on this Special Day. I had planned for a long time to have a big celebration but God had another plan for this day which I do not understand, but I am keeping the faith and know his plan took you from your pain to a much better place.
I pray today for the strength to get me through this sad time.
You are and always will be the Love of my Life. The best part of me left Jan. 11th, 2016.
May you rest in peace on this special day and always until we are together again.
I love you so much and miss you everyday of my life.
All my LOVE
Betty"

This tribute was added by Mark Wineinger on 21st August 2016

"Happy Heavenly 80th Birthday Dad.  We know he is having a grand day celebrating with Jesus."

This tribute was added by Brian Wineinger on 21st August 2016

"Happy 80th Birthday Dad miss you and the celebration we all would of had for you today, not a day goes by without you in my heart. We all have our special memories of days gone by with you that can never be taken away from us. Happy Birthday Dad your son Brian. Love you Cannonball number 1 Driver"

This tribute was added by Chad Wineinger on 15th July 2016

"I miss you so much Dad.  There's such a void without you here."

This tribute was added by Debby Poulsen on 4th July 2016

"From Betty

I'm thinking back today with many memories of the July 4th's we celebrated with our families. The cookouts, the fireworks and what fun we had together. I remember the 4th of July we spent at your sister Evelyn's in Gary, Indiana, and at the end of the fireworks show the last firework was an Anerican Flag all lite up in Red, White and Blue...Truely Amazing, and we've never seen one like it again anywhere.
I miss you so very much on this Special day that we honor our countries Independence Day.
Love FOREVER Betty"

This tribute was added by Nancy Bruce on 21st June 2016

"Gary and I lost a great friend when we heard of Keith's passing.  We feel very blessed and honored to say our long time friend was Keith Wineinger.
I met him through my sister Marcia in the early 70's, immediately I could tell he was a special person and would be a forever friend. We shared many experiences together with he and Betty.  Life is not always easy, however, Keith had a way to always lighten things up!!  At one point in my life I had inherited a pick up truck.  I ask Keith, how am I going to sell this truck?  He responded, no problem, I'll take it down to Yellow Freight and park it in the lot and place a sign in it, "FOR SALE."  Well as you know the rest of that story was history in about two day's the truck was sold.
While it's been difficult to revisit the many memories we have of Keith it's also been fun to reminisce of all the good times we had together with he and Betty  their family.  We've laughed and we've cried through them all.  Keith was a unique person.  He was one of kind.  He had all the characteristics of someone you could trust, help you when in need, he was fun..loved to laugh and at times we would laugh until we cried.  We had mamy serious conversations and he was always full of wisdom. He loved telling jokes and in reality no one could tell them like he could.   Some you could repeat and other's you tried to forget.   He could recite poems and not skip a beat.  His laugh was infectious to all who knew him.  Once he and Betty & Chad moved to North Carolina, we always planned our vacations around trying to visit with them at least a couple of day's & nights.  He always made us feel welcome and relaxed.  He loved to reminisce and along with that he loved to philosophize, Some we could agree with and some was questionable.   He was funny, humorous,& always seemed happy and full of life even during difficult times  when life wasn't so great.  He could light up a room very quickly.  
Gary remembers one year probably in the 90's we came back from Florida to stop by their house and we had a couple of friends with us and they all took off and went to a race and Gary said, they laughed the entire time. In our younger years he loved to dance and we loved watching he & Betty do the twist. What fun times!!!  
While it's been difficult to revisit the many memories we have of Keith it's also been fun to reminisce of all the good times we had together with he and Betty & their family.  We've laughed and we've cried through them all.  Keith was a unique person.  He was one of kind.  He had all the characteristics of someone you could trust, help you when in need, he was fun..loved to laugh. At times we would laugh until we cried.  We had serious conversations and he was always full of wisdom and jokes. Some you could repeat and other's you tried to forget.   He could recite poems and not skip a beat.  His laugh was infectious to all who knew him.  Once he and Betty & Chad moved to North Carolina, we always planned our vacations around trying to visit with them at least a couple of day's & nights.  He always made us feel welcome and relaxed.  He loved to reminisce and along with that he loved to philosophize, Some we could agree with and some was questionable.   He was funny, humorous,& always seemed happy and full of life even during times weren't so good. He could light up a room very quickly.  
Gary remembers one year probably in the 90's we came back from Florida to stop by their house and we had a couple of friends with us and they all took off and went to a race and Gary said, they laughed the entire time.  
We had great times together throughout all the years we had the pleasure of being together or just talking on the phone. We could talk on the phone for hours.  
We know Death leaves a heartache, only God can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steel...We will forever be inspired by his perseverance, determination, intellect and his heart.
Gary & I share with Betty and your entire beautiful family the grief and the loss of someone so dear to everyone that we all loved.  Keith's significant legacy will live on until we meet again in heaven w/Jesus.  That gives us hope and Peace!! Keith will be missed by many!  
With our love and prayer's, Gary & Nancy Bruce"

This tribute was added by Pamela Byard on 19th June 2016

"Dad, it's still so hard to believe you are gone but reality is, you are gone but very much alive and cancer free! Dick & I often reminisce about the good times and that always leads to many laughs. We are sure looking forward to the trumpet sound when we will be gathered  together  forever!  Get familiar with the surroundings up there so you can be our tour guide when we join you for the glorious reunion!  We love you Dad and wish you a wonderful heavenly Father's Day. Pam & Dick"

This tribute was added by Brian Wineinger on 19th June 2016

"I remember the first time I met Keith and he told me to give Brian a little cuff in the back of the head to keep him in line every now and then, and I do and Brian and I just laugh every time at it. You will be forever missed Keith. Love Kristin Wineinger"

This tribute was added by Brian Wineinger on 19th June 2016

"Well dad this is the first Fathers Day without you,  Got up this morning and couldn't make my call to you so I looked up at the sky and I seen your face smiling down, I could not hold back the tears and it felt good to cry because I felt you in my heart. We all miss you so much. I think back at all the good times we had and will forever be in my heart. Some day I will be able to put my arms around you and tell you how much I love you and give you that kiss we get from you. Your sparkling personality will be forever missed by family and friends and all that have crossed your path. Happy Fathers Day Dad you will be forever missed.
Love your son Brian"

This tribute was added by Chad Wineinger on 19th June 2016

"Happy Father's Day Dad!  I miss you everyday and a little more so today.  I remember where we took you last year for Father's Day dinner.  Mom and I just had a good laugh since you weren't very impressed.  We tried but should have stuck with Longhorn or Outback.  In a way it doesn't seem like a year has passed but then again so much has changed.  I wish you were still here!  I Love You Dad!"

This tribute was added by Mark Wineinger on 19th June 2016

"Happy Heavenly Father's Day Dad.  So many special memories of you will always bring a smile.  If only I could have you back for just a little while - we'd sit and talk again just like we used to do.  You always meant so very much and always will!!  The fact that you are no longer here will always cause me pain - but you will forever live on in my heart!!  I love and miss you Dad."

This tribute was added by Debby Poulsen on 18th June 2016

"Dad
Tomorrow on Fathers Day as I always have, tons of memories will flood my mind and my heart. Our time here on earth is so very short, and in this short time you have left so many great memories for so many people to treasure. Speaking of short... I'll be giggling tomorrow when you told me to get my bangs out of my eyes..of course I didn't listen, so you cut them and they were about 1/8 of a inch long. I imagine that Fathers Day Year I wasn't very happy with you..now as an adult we have laughed a lot about it.
I Love You Dad
Happy Heavenly Fathers Day
Debby"

This tribute was added by Debby Poulsen on 18th June 2016

"Happy Fathers Day Keith
We all Love and Miss you so much on this Special day.
I LOVE YOU
From your wife
Betty"

This tribute was added by James Wineinger on 17th June 2016

"Dear Dad I wish you were here to tell you Happy Fathers one more time   and to tell you how much i love and appreciate you. I will forever hold on to the wonderful childhood memories we shared without you and mom i wouldn,t be the man i am today and for that i am grateful. I LOVE YOU DAD; MAY YOU REST IN PEACE HAPPY FATHERS DAY.  DOOB(james)"

This tribute was added by Chad Wineinger on 29th May 2016

"From Betty,
Happy 62nd Anniversary My Love!  Today is a very sad day for me without you but I have many good memories of our past anniversaries.  I'm so thankful & grateful for the love we shared.  I will always love you and keep you in my heart.  My love to you!
Forever Betty"

This tribute was added by Bishop H. Clemon Smith, II on 5th May 2016

"Greetings to All!  

On behalf of my wife and family, I wish to take this means to express my heartfelt condolence to the entire Wineinger Family and friends with regard to the loss of your husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.  Kieth was affectionately known to me as "Pop," because in many ways he was just that. I loved him very much and was devastated to hear of his transition when mom Betty told me.

Now, we will live on to celebrate his life by remembering the best of him. Thank you Chad for giving us a means to reflect and celebrate Pop!

Family, be strong, be courageous and be assured of our prayers.

+ H. Clemon Smith, II"

This tribute was added by Alicia McCall on 29th April 2016

"I would like to express my condolences to the Wineinger family.  I hate that I am just understanding of Keith's passing, he was an unforgettable man!  It has been a few years since I have been in touch, I am so sorry for your loss. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.  God Bless"

This tribute was added by charles larson on 10th April 2016

"I miss you keith....."

This tribute was added by Georgia Marson on 13th February 2016

"These beautifully inspiring words, taken from a card, touched me deeply. I pray they will help many others too.  They express so well how Keith lived his life.  "Just as the sun will set then rise with each and every dawn, the souls of those who lived life will eternally live on...Now that the sun has seemed to set on one so dear, please know a soul who lived so well remains forever near."  There is a missing spot in my heart for Keith; but I know God has a better place with Him than here on earth!  Absent in the body present with the Lord.  2 Corinthians 5:6-8  Loving sister, Georgia"

This tribute was added by Ed Wineinger on 8th February 2016

"I knew Keith back in the mid '40's when we were a part of the 'Waleshaven Farms near Cuzco.  Keith and his siblings were very good friends and we played a lot during our spare time. We were out of touch for about 50 years and then an event that became known as 'the Waleshaven Kids get-together' happened.  What fun days those were!!  We shall always remember Keith and send our sympathy to all of his family. Shared by Ken Hunter"

This tribute was added by Chad Wineinger on 6th February 2016

"Clayton King Chad.....I can't even explain how sorry I am to hear about the passing of your dad. Mr. Wineinger was certainly one of a kind. He is definitely one of the greatest men I had the pleasure of knowing. I really regret not keeping up with him over the years. Please know I am just a phone call away. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. Please give Mrs. Wineinger my best. Love ya brother."

This tribute was added by Frank & Devery Peterson on 3rd February 2016

"We were saddened to learn of the loss of your father. Keith was such an extraordinary person. He was one of a kind! Frank and I both know and share in your loss of a parent, as sadly we both have experienced the loss of one of our parents in the past year. Cherish the memories. Little things will bring back memories shared. We were fortunate to have Keith, Betty and Chad as our next door neighbors at Carronbridge many years ago. I still remember the first day I met "Bunker" he was sitting at the edge of the yard inspecting who was looking at the house next to his. Keith had him so well trained he never left the yard. Although, I was not to sure what to think he first time we looked at the house. Many memories were shared "in the garage" telling stories. Keith could certainly tell a story!  Keith's love of NASCAR led to our interest in the sport and was the topic of many conversations over who was the best driver. As is the case, we moved and lost touch over the years, Our faith gives us strength to see us through times such as this. Keith was blessed with many years and now he has found rest and peace with the Lord.
Sincerely,
Frank & Devery Peterson"

This tribute was added by Chad Wineinger on 31st January 2016

"On January 11th 2016 I lost the love of my life. It was the saddest day of my life. During his illness I was so blessed to have my six wonderful children and other family for comfort and support by my side. We shed many tears, grieved and even laughed reminiscing on precious cherished memories. The outpour of love and support from friends was truly overwhelming and so greatly appreciated. All had stories they told of Keith and how he affected their lives and touched them in such a positive and unique way. He loved telling stories and jokes. He would say "Betty I have something to tell you" and I knew a joke or story was coming. No one enjoyed laughing more than he did. He kept our home filled with laughter and I will miss that more than words can express. He loved to entertain. He loved giving valuable advice. So many of Chad’s friends he grew up with have referred to Keith as their second Dad. He simply stood out and made this world a better place. Keith will forever live in my heart and the memories will forever be with me. I pray for the strength to get me through each day until I see him again with our Heavenly Father. I Will Always Love You!  Betty"

This tribute was added by Andrea Cockerham on 26th January 2016

"I'm thinking of you all in your time of loss. I am so sad that your dad is gone. He was like a second dad to me and I loved him like a dad. I have so many great memories with our families sharing vacations and holidays. I always loved the summers I spent with you all in in North Carolina; those were some of my fondest memories. Your dad loved to tease me and I loved to tease him back. He was such a good friend to my mom and dad and for that I am forever grateful! Theirs was a friendship that will never ever be replaced. I'm sorry he had to suffer in the last days but I know now is out of pain and in a much better place. Love to you all!!"

This tribute was added by Debby Poulsen on 19th January 2016

"I along with many others will miss you. Thank you dad for the awesome message you gave me about Forgiveness.
What a wonderful memory that I will always Cherish. I was Blessed to be by your side when you took your last breath and started your journey to Heaven.
I Love You Dad
Forever In Heaven
Debby"

This tribute was added by James Wineinger on 18th January 2016

"DAD I MISS YOU  MORE THAN EVER"

This tribute was added by Pamela Byard on 18th January 2016

"While I never had the opportunity to know your Dad very well......what I did know and respect about him was that he projected to me...the image of a REAL MAN !   May God continue to Bless you all, as you go through this tough time of loss.

Sincerely,

Randy Webber"

This tribute was added by Pam Byard on 17th January 2016

"I think one of the things I will miss most about my Dad was his infectious laugh. No one could even come close to telling a joke like Dad and he loved laughing at his own jokes, which made it even more laughable! When I was a kid we grew up in a small house in Eagledale and all 3 bedrooms were right next to each other. When the lights went out Dad would occasionally tell us a joke before going off to sleep. One particular night the joke was so funny we kept the laughing going on for quite some time. Great memories! After Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer I had called to talk to him and we had a 45 minute conversation about the Bible that I will forever cherish! I think this was the only time he did not have a joke or even a laugh in that 45 min exchange. Dad was not a believer a big part of his life, he did get it right and accepted Christ as his Savior in the last year or so, what a blessing! I am sure he is in heaven and probably making a few family members and friends smile and probably laughing as well! I love you Dad and I can't wait till we have that glorious family reunion one day, hopefully sooner than later. Pam"

This tribute was added by Shon King on 17th January 2016

"Chad words can not express how sorry I am to hear about your loss.  As you know a couple of years ago I loss my father and I know the ups and downs you will encounter.  Always remember you will not go through this alone I will always remain a phone call away.  Time goes by so fast that we never sit back and cherish the moments, until you no longer have them.  Mr. Wineinger meant so much to me a father figure, a great friend, and an awesome teacher.  What I would do to have just one more day sitting with him inside his garage listening to his great stories, learning something new such as how to change brakes, listening to his wisdom that if we lived two life times we would never reach his level.  I still find myself telling my family or friends funny stories he told me back in the early 90's. He was always there for me and I will never forget that. When I got married, built my first house, whenever I needed someone to talk to about working and driving trucks for UPS, training boxers, and everything in between he was there to lend a hand or give great advice. I so appreciate everything that he did for me.  I will always love him for all that he has done to help me be the man I am today. He will always live on in my mind, heart, and dreams.  He was a great father, husband, friend, teacher and Teamster.   You should never question God's work but this one has me scratching my head we loss a great man on January 11th.  Chad this year marks our 31st year of friendship and I hope that we can remain in contact so we won't look back and wish we could have just one more day. Cherish the moment.  I will always love you and your mom. God bless you and your family."

This tribute was added by Jennie Harper on 16th January 2016

"Our condolences to you and your family.  Y'all are in our thoughts."

This tribute was added by Chad Wineinger on 16th January 2016

"The following condolences were previously posted on the mortuary website, we have included them here to be part of Keith's Forever Memorial page.

Vicki Miller   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
Betty and Family, Thinking of you all and feeling your broken hearts. Sending prayers for God to give you strength and peace thru this difficult time. Thankful for Keith's healing and God taking him into his arms. Love to All <3 Vicki and Ron Miller


Bob & Pat Nicholson    Posted Tue January 12, 2016
Brian, Uncle Bob and I are sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Aunt Patty


Perry C Martin    Posted Tue January 12, 2016
Prayers to all


Michele Rees and Fernrose Altum    Posted Tue January 12, 2016
Brian,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
God Bless,
Michele and Fernrose


Neal Crites    Posted Wed January 13, 2016
Dear Betty, Chad and the rest of the family: First of all let me say how sorry I am to hear of Keith's passing. Although I didn't know him well, I felt as though I did because of our friendship. I've known you for 38 years and we've shared many, many great times (stories!) and sorrows on both sides. Overall, Betty, I consider you as a wonderful friend and and one who has given me more support over the years than you will ever know. Even to the extent of my immediate family, and, I believe you've met them all, they also think the world of you and their prayer's have been, and will continue to be with you as things adjust. One thing I do know, is how fortunate you are to have such a wonderful and caring family. Let them help guide you through this process by providing you love and support. Neal


Beau Bizri    Posted Thu January 14, 2016
Keith was such a great person . He had a big smile everytime I was around him . He always had some sort of funny joke or story to tell . He always had such great advice to any problem or issue you talked to him about and was always there if you needed anything . As we grow from young men trying to find our way to mature responsible men there are always outside influences in your life not just from you Father but from other men in the community. I am proud to say that Keith was one of the men that influenced me and had an impact on my life . I am sure many other people have been influenced and touched by this great man . I want all of his family to know that I am sure he has in some way shape or form left a mark and has influenced so many more lives than any of you could imagine . Thank you Keith for all you have done and I know we will see you again . You had such a great life and I hope that you knew how loved you are by so many of us ! Most of all thank you for being my friend !


Stephen Moody    Posted Thu January 14, 2016
Chad.. After we met at ECU orientation back in 1991, I remember your father & my father chatting it up like old buddies. He was just as you said.... It was if they had known each other for years, not minutes. Time moves too fast old friend. My thoughts & prayers are with you, your mother and your entire family. Moody


Joel Blackwelder    Posted Thu January 14, 2016
I am truly sorry for your loss and know that he will be greatly missed. Keith was like a second dad to me through high school. He had a way of gaining and holding your attention. Nobody could tell stories like him. He was also a positive inspiration to me and I will never forget that. Keith you were one of a kind. God speed


mary pitzulo    Posted Fri January 15, 2016
Betty and family,
my deepest condolences to all of you. Keith was such a wonderful neighbor. I will miss seeing him sit in his garage or on the chair in front, walking in the neighborhood. we had some little chats and I got to hear some of his stories and jokes. know that he is probably doing the same in the heavens above but mostly watching over all you. he left you all with so many great memories. love to you of you.


John Tsumas    Posted Fri January 15, 2016
Chad, and your family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences from Amber and I. May his memory be eternal."

This tribute was added by Chad Wineinger on 16th January 2016

"I write this with a very heavy heart. This will not be my only post, just my first. I will visit this site to honor and remember my dad and read what others have written. I want to start by thanking family & friends for their sincere love and support for dad, mom and our entire family. It has been overwhelming and truly remarkable. It speaks volumes to how he touched so many and the extent at which he did so. I thought I knew how well liked and loved he was but I've been amazed with the outpouring of love he and our family has received. Dad never met a stranger and had such a unique personality that made him irresistible. There is a void now that will forever be and things are different. The world is a lesser place with his passing. I am thankful the suffering is over and he has moved on to a better place and they are so lucky to have James Keith Wineinger among them. I simply couldn't have had a better dad and mom. Dad's biggest concern over the past few months was leaving mom behind. There is no one that is hurting more than her. We as a family promise we will do our very best taking care of her. No one can do it like he did for 61 plus years but we will comfort her, love her and take care of her in a way that would make him proud. Words can't begin to express my feelings. He was the best dad I could have ever had. He was the best man I have ever known. I miss you so much dad!

I love you,
Chad"


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