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William “Bill” Davis Wintz, of Nitro and St. Albans, WV, died at the age of 95 on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Thomas Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Wintz was a direct descendant of the first permanent settler in the Kanawha Valley, William Levi Morris. He graduated from Nitro High School in 1936. He was a WWII Veteran serving his country at Omaha Beach and The Battle of The Bulge. Among his cherished WWII medals, he received the Bronze Star in 1945 in Germany at the end of the War. Mr. Wintz was a retired engineering technician for Union Carbide Corporation. He was one of the founders of The Kanawha Valley Historical and Preservation Society, The Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society, the co-founder in 1961 of The Upper Vandalia Historical Society of Putnam County. He was vice president of the West Virginia Historical Society, and was on the Editorial Advisory Board for the West Virginia History publications. He authored Nitro The WWI Boomtown, Annals of the Great Kanawha, Recollections and Reflections of Molly Hansford, Civil War Memoirs of Two Rebel Sisters, Bullets and Steel, The History of Putnam County, All The Way from Omaha Beach to the Czech Republic, and Echoes From the Past. He was editor of The Upper Vandalia Historical Society quarterly journal from 1964 to 2004 that continually revealed newfound history of the county.
He was a recipient of the prestigious Virgil A. Lewis Award. In 1979 Mr. Wintz was awarded a National Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History for his “Contributions towards Preserving the Historical Heritage of Putnam County, Kanawha Valley and The State of West Virginia.”
He was preceded in death by his father William Levi Wintz and mother Henry Elizabeth Davis Wintz, his wives Juanita Lewis Davis Wintz and Ruth Trumbo Wintz, a granddaughter Johna Withrow Shrader and two nephews he helped raise – Harry Sands and Neil Sands. He is survived by his sister Virginia Wintz Spence, daughters: Julia Kiff and husband Lloyd of Boise, ID, Cheryl Withrow of Scott Depot, Billie Wood and husband Jackie of Cross Lanes, Bobbie Beddow of Nitro, special daughter Denise Rose of Scott Depot; granddaughters Kaleena Kiff and Juanita Kiff of Vancouver British Columbia and grandson Bryan Honaker of NYC. Also surviving him are great grandsons Justin Shrader, Oliver Henry Kiff and great granddaughters Reilly Kiff , Sierra Shrader, Ella and Vivian Honaker.
He was a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church of Nitro where he served as an elder, youth leader, chairman of the building committee and participated in many other areas of service within the church. Bill Wintz honored and respected God and confessed Jesus as Lord.
Mr. Wintz knew how to be a friend to the young and old, rich and poor. He knew that great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget. Mr. Wintz will be remembered and quoted for years to come as the history he nurtured and preserved continues.
Thank you, William D. Wintz, for the history you brought to life and taught us to appreciate.
A special thanks to Mr. Wintz’s caretaker, Ronda who lovingly cared for him and never left his side.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charitable organization.
Services will be held at the Nitro Presbyterian Church on 21st Street on Sunday visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, Sunday, February 17, 2013. Services will follow at 3:00 PM with Pastor Cheryl Wintz Withrow officiating. Interment will be at Cunningham Memorial Park with military rites.
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First Presbyterian Church of Nitro on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Pastor Cheryl Wintz Withrow officiating.