Tom Winger, 72, of Decorah, died Wednesday, March 26, at the Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah. Services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 29, at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Mark Kvale officiating. Organist was Paul Bruvold. Hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “Beautiful Savior “ and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was at Washington Prairie Cemetery in Decorah. Casket bearers were Jon Burreson, Jan Burreson, Harlan Sande, Lee Sande, Chris Holthaus and Cody Balk. Military rites at graveside were by Helof Holm VFW Chapter No. 1977, Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.
Thomas Leonard “Tom” Winger was born October 26, 1941, the son of Leonard Kenwick and Esther Olivia (Haugen) Winger in Decorah. Tom was baptized Nov. 16, 1941, and confirmed May 27, 1956, at the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church. Tom graduated from Decorah High School in 1960, and attended Luther College. He was drafted into the US Army and served for two years in Germany. He returned and farmed south of Decorah. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Balk March 15, 1982, in Waukon. Tom farmed until 2001 and then after retirement from the farm he worked at Walmart as a night stocker for five years. Tom enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge and attending all sporting events, including his children’s activities. Tom was a member of the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church and the Helof Holm VFW Chapter No. 1977.
Tom is survived by his wife, Marilyn Winger, Decorah; two children, Jerad (Kaia Humpal) Winger, Decorah and Emily (Adam) Wygle, Ionia, with a little Wygle baby due in June; one brother, Jerry (Brinda) Winger, Sterling, Ill.; two sisters, Lorraine Burreson, Loveland, Colo. and Lorna (Howard) Sande, Decorah; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Roger (Carol) Balk, Decorah; Joe (Gwen) Balk, Frankville; David Balk, Waterloo; Donna Balk, Waterloo; Phyllis (Jerry) Kapler, Waverly; Betty (Jerry) Hebrink, Cresco; Bernice Holthaus, West Union; and Dan Schwickerath, Applington; along with several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and –nephews; aunts and uncles: Delores (Vernon) Rovang of Decorah; Elsie Haugen, Decorah; and Donald Rudolph, Arlington, Texas; and several cousins.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard (1991) and Esther (Haugen) Winger (2008); his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Theodore “Ted” (1997) and Leona (Bodensteiner) Balk (2007); brothers- and sisters-in-law: Gary Burreson, Roger Holthaus, Carroll Balk, Elaine Schwickerath, Edna (Dave) Borlaug and Dale Nierling; aunts and uncles: Edna (Andrew) Spilde, Genevieve (Edward) Omdahl, Adeline (Orville) Bergan, Marian (Norman) Gjevre, Ivan Haugen, Vernon Haugen, Elenore Haugen, Donald Haugen, Leonard Haugen, Elsie (Art) Branhagen, Telford (Tevaleen) Winger, Idella (Ove)  Melaas,  Eline (Paul) Wiedeman and Lucille Rudolph.