Robert “Bob” Winckler

Bob Winckler

Robert “Bob” Winckler, age 61, passed away on August 16, 2022, after a two-year battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Sue. Loving father of Kelly, Matt (Hannah), and Leah. Proud new grandpa to Lydia Winckler.

Bob was born to George and Martina (Gau) Winckler and raised in West Bend, WI, along with his siblings Kathleen (James) Fritz, Carol (Bill) Osborne, and John (Kate) Winckler. He attended UW-Madison, where he was a 4-year starting offensive lineman for the Badgers, and where he met, and fell in love with Sue.

After settling in DeForest, Bob’s greatest accomplishment was raising his children. He gave them unconditional love, taught them discipline, and was a lasting picture of strength. Nothing brought him more joy than watching his kids grow, coaching Matt in youth football, basketball, and baseball, or watching his daughters compete in swimming. He also assisted in coaching the Norski Football Team for many years. Bob also enjoyed fishing, hiking out west, and keeping things light through humor.

Bob is survived by his wife of 36 years, his children, and siblings. He is also survived by Sue’s siblings, Peggy (Ken) Nowak, Christine (Charles) Jaskowiak, Amy (Trent) Nelson, and Tom (Carrianne) Spaltholz, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, William and Nancy Spaltholz.
The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to the staff at UW Carbone Cancer Center, UW Hospital, the wonderful team at Agrace Hospice. We are grateful for Bob’s football brothers and our community of friends for their loving support.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at Ryan Funeral Home, 6924 Lake Rd. DeForest, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Monday, August 22, 2022, at Door Creek Church (Sprecher Road Campus), 6602 Dominion Drive, Madison, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name may be given to UW Carbone Cancer Center. A fund is also being set up for a DeForest Youth Football Scholarship and a Yahara River Trail memorial.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Windsor/DeForest Chapel
6924 Lake Road