Byron  Winston


Byron H. Winston, 80, of Ottumwa, died at 12:25 p.m. April 6, 2019 at Bloomfield Care Center in Bloomfield.
He was born June 1, 1938 in Ottumwa to Clyde Melvin and Ivory W. Green Winston. Byron married Geraldine Spillman and they were married for 56 years.
A 1956 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Byron worked at John Morrell & Co. where he was a superintendent. He worked at John Deere Ottumwa Works retiring as supervisor in 1995. Byron was an entrepreneur, building and managing several rental properties.
He was a member of and served as a Deacon at Second Baptist Church.
Surviving are his children, Victor B. (Donna Jo) Winston of North Chesterfield, VA, Eric Winston of Ottumwa and Angela (Anthony) Hebert of Minneapolis, MN; 5 grandchildren, Jocelyn, Kalynn, Jasmine, Violet and Rion (Rachelle); 2 step-grandchildren, Lauren and Colin; 2 great-grandchildren, Ella and McKenna.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Berta Lou Winston.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church with Rev. Diane Koger officiating. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home. A prayer service will be 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Hendred officiating. The family will be present following the prayer service until 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church.
Published on April 9, 2019
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13 posts

Ken Rusch
Apr 15, 2019
A sad day for all the people whose lives Byron touched. Byron was my friend! With God's blessing I will someday be his friend in heaven. What a joy that will be.
Gregg Horsman
Apr 12, 2019
Vic & family:
So sorry for your loss. Your folks were always kind to me and the world is a little less without Byron.
Kathy Bailey
Apr 12, 2019
So sorry for the passing of Byron he was a very kind and respected man. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you for strength to get through this loss.
Larnette Winston
Apr 12, 2019
My heart breaks for our family in losing such an amazing man who inspired so many of us to be great, to be somebody, to be a WINSTON!
My deepest condolences in your loss and I pray for the comfort of God's love & grace to embrace you during this difficult time.
Alma Warden and the Warden Family
Apr 11, 2019
One day at a time sweet Jesus!
Bob & Lynda Moreland
Apr 10, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about Byron’s passing. He was a good man. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Elaine Johnson
Apr 10, 2019
So sorry for your family's loss...he is resting and at peace . .
Kim Winston
Apr 10, 2019
Byron was a tireless advocate for all that is good in this universe. His spirit and leadership will be missed. Our blessings are with Geri, Victor, Eric, Angie and their loved ones. Peace be with you all. A link to some lovely images of Byron with his beloved mother, Ivory, and his sister, Berta Lou.
Bob Soots
Apr 10, 2019
Geri, I am so very, very sorry to learn of Byron's passing. Byron and I first met in 1955 at OHS on the basketball court, and we remained very close friends all of our lives. We enjoyed my good rounds of golf at the Munie, and many good times in your home. I have never forgotten the "bump," at our 56 class reunion. My prayers, my thoughts, and my sympathy go out to you and your entire family. May God bless you and be with you during this sad time.
Michael D. McClure
Apr 10, 2019
Vic and family:
I check the Ottumwa obituaries online from time to time, and saw today of your dad's death. Though it's been a long time since high school and we've had no contact, you (and your family) are being thought of this morning, and will be in the days ahead as well, Sending condolences and the hope that you will find comfort in all of the good memories you have of your father.

Michael D. McClure
Muncie, IN
Richard Hayman
Apr 09, 2019
Geri, Victor, Eric, and Angela, cousins all, I was sorry to hear about Byron’s passing, and I am keeping you in prayer. Rest assured, He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it.
Willa Klampe-Carrillo
Apr 09, 2019
To Ms. Jerri, Victor, Eric and Angela may the Lord bless you and provide His love to you all during this season of remembrance. May Deacon Byron rest in Heavenly peace forever.
Larry Cline
Apr 09, 2019
May the grace of our Lord be with you all and may the fond memories of Byron be forever in your hearts. I grew on Jefferson Street and Byron lived near there.