Robert Dale Wininger, 72, of McCune Kan., passed away at 2:10 a.m. on February 25, 2011 at Via Christi Medical Center in Pittsburg.

He was born May 20, 1938, the son of Ralph and Mabel (Spencer) Wininger in Carthage Mo.

In 1961, he joined the United States Army as a Medical Specialist. He served his country for 6 years before being honorably discharged.

On December 31, 1964 he was united in marriage to Patsy Eileen Faughn in Mt. Vernon Mo.

For 25 years he worked at the Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons, Kan. where he retired in 1994 due to partial closure and went on to work for Superior Industries where he fully retired in 2005.

Robert was known for his uncanny sense of humor and was a very dedicated family man who loved to garden. He believed the bigger the garden, the better. Robert was also a sports enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Ralph and Mabel Wininger; infant brother; and grandson Timothy Michael Gomez.

Survivors include his wife Patsy, of the home; five daughters, Sheila Mapes of Mulberry, Donna Miller and husband Matt of Kansas City, Kan., Sandra Gomez and husband Tim of McCune, Carla and husband Jerry Whitt of Parsons Kan., Rebecca Mengarelli and husband Darin of McCune; two brothers, Deloy Wininger and wife Jeanette of Coalgate Okla., and Stephen Wininger of Wichita Kan.; three sisters, Donna Rodgers of Moore Okla., Myra Hroch of Temecula Calif., and Shirley Showalter and husband Bill of McCune; nine grandchildren, Robert and Ryan Mapes of Pittsburg, Amber Schmidt of Kansas City Kan., Joshua and Andrew Gomez of McCune and Brittany Gomez of Pittsburg, Bryce, Logan and Lane Whitt of Parsons; four great-grandchildren, Blayde, Hayleigh, Kyree, and Zachary.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the McCune City Cemetery with Donald Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow. Friends and family are requested to meet at the cemetery for the services. Friends may call at the Bath-Naylor Funeral home in Pittsburg at their own convenience from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until Noon on Wednesday. Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Memorials may be made to help with final expenses, these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Service by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS.