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Daniel Martin Wininger

Daniel Martin Wininger, 88, a resident of the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at his residence.

He was born April 13, 1925, in Vincennes, to Daniel and Ora (Small) Wininger.

He married Kathleen (Horn) Wininger, and she preceded him in death. He then married Virginia “Ginny” (Ford) Wininger on April 13, 2005, at the Ransford Chapel of the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin; she survives.

He started serving in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 1, 1942, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II. He served on the USS Warden, USS Bull, USS Waller, USS Ammen, USS Forrest Royal, USS Daly, USS Preston, USS Beale, USS Soley and served in the Surface Antisubmarine Development Detachment in Key West, Fla., retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1966 as leading sonar technician and senior chief petty officer.

After his retirement, he worked at Naval Avionics in Indianapolis where he wrote technical manuals for the U.S. Navy.

He enjoyed giving and being generous to others, remembering his humble beginnings.

He was a member of Monument Masonic Lodge No. 657 now with Centre Lodge No. 23, Devol Masonic Lodge No. 766, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and Johnson County Shrine Club, and attended Mount Carmel Christian Church in Trafalgar.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia “Ginny” (Ford) Wininger of Franklin; several nieces, including Vicki George of White Bluff, Tenn., several nephews, including Tom George of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; several cousins, including Rita Bowlin of Edwardsport, Janet Memering and Mike Trubac, both of Bicknell; two sisters-in-law, Jo Ann (Ben) Rouse and Mary Ellen Schmidt, both of Greenwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathleen (Horn) Wininger; four sisters, Thelma Smith, Glenn Davisson, Cora Cooper and Eileen George; and first cousin, Joseph Trubac.

The Revs. Cleon Wright and Charles Stanley will conduct a service at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ransford Chapel at the Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State St., Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 U.S. 31 South (South Morton Street) in Franklin where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday. Additional visitation will be 10 a.m. until the service time on Tuesday at the Ransford Chapel at the Indiana Masonic Home. A graveside service with full military honors will be at noon Wednesday at Asbury Chapel Cemetery near Bicknell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Carmel Christian Church, 2013 W. County Road 750S, Trafalgar, IN 46181; Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, P.O. Box 44210, 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46244-0210; or Asbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 113 Bicknell, IN 47512.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 738-0202

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