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Bradley Winter

Bradley Winter

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Bradley Ayres Dickson Winter, athlete, scholar and outdoorsman, was killed in a motorcycle crash on July 21, 2020. He was just 17 miles from home and enjoyed a beautiful ride on a beautiful day.

Brad was born on Nov. 16, 1949, to Jean Baker Dickson and Russell Dickson in Lincoln. He grew up in the family home hand-built by his grandfather and lived in a multi-generational family. He attended Prescott Elementary School, Irving Junior High School and Lincoln High School.

Brad enjoyed an active high school career, playing football, wrestling and serving as a National Honor Society member. He was an Eagle Scout.

Professionally, Brad was a registered respiratory therapist. He was pleased to be an inaugural member of the first mobile heart team in Lincoln stationed out of Bryan Memorial Hospital. His love of travel and adventure led him to move to Alaska, where he continued his respiratory therapy work. He worked at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage and specialized in neonatal care. His Alaska wilderness adventures were a bit daring. He would go camping and climbing in the winter in Denali National Park.

One of his greatest adventures was a six-week solo kayak and camping trip along the Alaskan coast. Further adventures lured him to work as a traveling registered respiratory therapist and in this role he worked from coast to coast in many hospitals.

While working at Bryan Hospital, Brad met Kristine Ina Winter, his future life partner. They parted ways and reconnected in 1993 and were married on May 31 in Hot Springs, S.D. The couple lived in Lincoln for several years before moving to Ainsworth and eventually Norfolk, as they followed Ina’s career path in civil engineering.

Both Brad and Ina were active in martial arts and established schools in Lincoln and Ainsworth.

Retirement brought them to the Black Hills in 2013, where Brad could pursue his interest in hiking, camping and the outdoors. He loved to travel and was always up for a new adventure. Other interests were reading, current affairs, fine dining and his beautiful house plants.

Brad was finally able to complete his goal of a college education while in Norfolk. He graduated from Wayne State College with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Preceding Brad in death were his parents and his four-legged companions, Susie, Gus, Duke, Cassie, Cooper and Calvin.

He is survived by his spouse of 27 years, Ina Winter; his brother, Rodman (Grace) Dickson of Castro Valley, Calif.; nephews Bradley Dickson (Anne le Gouil), and Kevin Dickson, all of northern California; his great-niece, Charlotte Nicole Dickson; his in-laws; mother Phyllis Winter of Lincoln; brothers David (Terri) Winter of Lincoln and Jim Winter of Missoula, Mont.; uncle and aunt David and Laura Batchelor of Hot Springs; nephews Tom (Amber) Winter of Lincoln; and Brian (CJ) Winter of Omaha; niece Angie Winter of Missoula; great-nieces Aubrey, Riley and Lydia Winter of Lincoln; Samantha Winter of Omaha; great-nephews Cade and Myles Fowlkes of Missoula, Travis Winter of Omaha; and loving companion Hughie.

Brad had a refined sense of justice and was keenly aware of suffering in the world and would ask all of us to do what we can to lessen suffering of any kind. Something as simple and easy as a stranger’s smile can mean a world of difference in the right situation.

We are respecting Brad’s wishes for no final service. Memorials may be directed to the Capitol Humane Society in Lincoln or to an animal shelter, rescue, or charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.

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NORFOLK — Memorial services for Henry “Huck” Starkel, 81, Mapleton, Iowa, formerly of Norfolk, will be at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk at a later date.

NORFOLK — Services for Donna M. Cox, 56, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. The Revs. David Kipp and Jacob Tuma will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Pierce.

NORFOLK — Memorial services for Douglas M. Galvin, 68, Hadar, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. The Rev. Cara Jensen will officiate. Private burial will take place at a later date. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 16, VFW P…

NORFOLK — Services for Mardell Baumann, 95, Norfolk, are pending with Home for Funerals in Norfolk. She died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Battle Creek.

BLOOMFIELD — Services for Evelyn Hammer, 98, Bloomfield, are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield. She died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in Bloomfield.

ALOYS — Services for Leonard Neesen, 88, West Point, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Aloys near West Point. The Rev. Steve Emanuel will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in the parish cemetery.

AINSWORTH — Graveside services for Ruth E. O’Hare, 94, of Ainsworth will be Friday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She died Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at the Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth.

ELGIN — Charlotte M. Hoefer, 85, of Elgin, died Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Heritage of Bel-Air in Norfolk.

NORFOLK — A celebration of life for Joyce F. Gansebom, 76, Norfolk, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Grace Lutheran Church in Norfolk.

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