Lance Alexander Winkler, age 64, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 25, 2021. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Lance moved with his family to Dayton at age four. He went to Smith School in Oakwood, Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania and graduated with the Oakwood High School Class of ’76. After high school he attended Maharishi International University in Iowa for several years and returned to Ohio to complete a B. A. in Communications at Wright State University. After graduation, Lance joined the family business, The Winkler Company, and was the editor of The Oakwood Register.
Lance enjoyed reading about esoteric topics and had many books on UFOs and various religions. He was most moved by the spiritual teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Lance enjoyed a good movie, listening to his old 60’s rock albums at full blast, playing his base guitar, playing tennis, skiing, riding his motorcycle and concocting original recipes on occasion. Later in life Lance could be found in his living room holding court and watching the news. He greeted everyone with an open heart and had his own unique brand of satirical humor that allowed him to put a person or situation in perspective. Lance will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Lance was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Homer Winkler and mother, Dolores Emrod Winkler and his infant daughter, Sonja Winkler. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 20 years, Lidiya Rasskazova Winkler; sons, Ralph Alexander Winkler, Alfred James (Jennelle) Winkler, and Yevgeny (Lily) Maksimov; grandson, Jasper Ray Winkler; sister, Dana (Mark) Winkler Whitney-Steinke; aunt, Phyllis Emrod Bomas; uncle, Herbert Alex Emrod; niece, Emma Whitney; and numerous extended family members.
A private celebration of life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or the Arbor Day Foundation in memory of Lance.