Colonel N. Winnick

  • Born: July 7, 1927
  • Died: February 14, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Colonel N. Winnick, age 92, died Friday, February 14, 2020. Born July 7, 1927, Colonel was the 5th child and only boy born to parents Nikolai and Stephania Winnick who immigrated from the Ukraine to the United States in 1913.

A graduate of Muskegon Heights High School, Colonel served his country in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War conflict. He concurrently continued his studies and later earned his Doctorate of Dentistry from the University of Detroit Dental School.

Colonel, his wife Patricia, and son Todd resided in Norton Shores where he practiced dentistry for 49 years. Among his interests were golf, music, barber shop quartet, gardening and traveling with Patricia.

In public, Colonel commanded a podium as effectively as realizing the importance of loyal support and quiet understanding for his family. He presided as master of ceremonies for many public functions including the Muskegon Country Club's 100th Anniversary. Colonel was also a longtime member of the Muskegon Rotary Club and the Elks. It was easy to tell where Colonel was in a room – all one would have to do was follow the distinctive voice and the laughter that invariably ensued.

Colonel did much for charity and his community and donated "Patty's Garden" in loving memory of his wife to the Muskegon Hospice House. After retirement, he would spend many of his days helping out at "The Little Red House" in Grand Haven, bringing a smile to those who were less fortunate or frail.

Always quick of wit and never at a loss for a joke or kind word, Colonel will be missed by all who had the pleasure of his company.

Colonel is survived by his son, Todd Christopher Winnick and very close family friend, Pegge Huntley.

As per Colonel's wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Todd,
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My parents Bob and Phyl loved your parents with all their hearts. They had the best of times and I know they are all dancing with the Angels now. It was a blessing to have known such special individuals. With deepest sympathy.

Shelley Westman Ralston

Posted by Shelley Ralston - Naples, FL   March 10, 2020

Todd, we are so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. My family was the last to live in your old home on Old Grand Haven Rd,on the other side of the duplex from your dad's dentist office. He was a very kind man and a very thoughtful landlord.

Posted by Ann Saari - Norton Shores, MI   March 01, 2020

I so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember your dad's laugh and bright smile. Hold tight to your memories of good times spent with him over the past several years.

Posted by Heather Brolick - Muskegon, MI - Friend   February 24, 2020

Todd, so sorry to hear about Colonel's death. What a delightful man he was. He and Pat were terrific neighbors, even adopting our dog! He was a valued member of Muskegon Rotary and it was always special when he was at a meeting, lots of stories there. We're thinking of you and hope to continue seeing you in Muskegon.

Posted by Nancy Crandall - Muskegon, MI - friend   February 23, 2020

as a server at the MCC when ever he would come in he brought his smile his laugh and I used to all tell him you don't call you don't write and we would laugh and laugh prayers go out to you Todd your father loved you so very much and was sooo very happy when you came in with him to the club..the world will miss his laugh....Julie Tardi (Jewels)

Posted by A friend   February 21, 2020

Todd, So very sad to learn my dear friend has passed away. My memories are endless. I am so blessed to have known your father. Sincerely, Cheryl

Posted by A friend   February 19, 2020

Todd, I took care of Patti at Simarron, for many years Colonel was so good to the staff and residents of our home. He Loved Patty and took such great care of her. I say in touch with many of the girls and I will assure you your dad was a loved guy by all of the staff. Heaven has gained an angel. He is back with Patti now. I'm sure they are holding hands right now, listening to music. take care, Sandy Becker

Posted by sandy Becker - muskegon, MI - Friend   February 18, 2020


Colonel was a gentleman and a scholar in every sense of the words. It was an honor to know him and a pleasure to see him every single time. Always a joke and a smile and yes that laugh. Jodi and I send our love.

Dale Clock

Posted by Dale Clock - Muskegon, MI   February 17, 2020

The Winnick's were great neighbors. My twin sister Ann and I enjoyed playing with Todd.

Posted by Mary Norris (Ostradick) - Hicksville, NY - Acquaintance   February 17, 2020

The "Colonel" lived up to his name in a most honorable way.My late husband, Gary Ostrom, past president of Muskegon's Rotary Club, valued the service of Colonel Winnick to Muskegon's chapter of Rotary. May you take and hold dear to your heart, warm memories of "the Colonel." He made Muskegon, MI a better place!

Posted by Kay Ostrom - Norton Shores, MI - Acquaintance   February 17, 2020

I met your Dad at Muskegon Rotary and sat at the same table every week. What a joy it was to be in his company. Always joyful, ready with a joke and gracious.

Posted by John Wahlberg - Muskegon, MI   February 17, 2020

I worked at the pro shop at MCC for 10 years and your dad was of course one of my all time favorite people! I'm sure this comes as no surprise, but I know you can never hear enough good things about your dad at this time. He always remembered me whenever I ran into him, and later he joined the Omni where I also worked and it was so good to see him on a regular basis again. How lucky you were to have him for so long.


Posted by dona bonnette - muskegon, MI   February 17, 2020

I was always happy to see the smiling face of the Colonel and hear his amazing stories and commentary on life at Hahn's Pharmacy.

Posted by Carol Macaulay - Norton Shores, MI - Friend   February 17, 2020

Todd Morry & I are so sad for your loss. I have known your Dad most of my life as he lived two doors down from us.

His family was a great part of our life. Then later on we became very close ffiends with your Mom & Dad. We had so many happy years with your Mom and Dad.

Keep in touch and if your ever in the Florida area of Ft. Myers give us a call.

He will be very much missed by us and our family as Uncle Kern and Aunt Pat were VIP in our lives.

Take care we love you.

Morry and Theresa

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2020

Todd, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was on in a million. I don't remember a time in my life that I didn't know him. His smile, quick wit, and love for life was infectious.

Posted by Michele Nickless-Greer - Muskegon, MI   February 17, 2020

Fond memories of our colleague and friend. Colonel was a great member of our dental society. His laugh entered the room before he did! We donated $50 to the Community Dental Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County in memory of Colonel.

Muskegon District Dental Society

Posted by Muskegon District Dental Society Verhagen - Muskegon, MI - Friend   February 16, 2020

Such fond memories of Colonel! He always had a smile and a bounce in his step. So sorry to hear of his passing. Blessings to you, Todd.

Posted by Sandy Sawyer - Muskegon, MI - Friend   February 16, 2020

My sympathies to you Todd. We grew up with you and your mom and dad. We think of those times often. May God bless you during this difficult time and always.

Posted by Durelle Ray - Plant City, FL - Family Friend   February 16, 2020

My husband and I met Colonel many years ago. We often saw him at various restaurants around Muskegon. He was always a gentleman and if anyone had that joie de Vivre, it was Colonel. He was a real treasure and he will be missed!
We send our sympathy to his family.
Sincerely, John & Kay Bernard

Posted by Kay Bernard - Muskegon, MI   February 16, 2020

My condolences to Todd.Doc was my Dentist til he retired. I echo the words of his Obit. He is spreading his happiness in Heaven . Peace Doc.

Posted by Hoppus - Muskegon, MI   February 16, 2020

Todd, I am so very sorry to read of your dad's passing. He was like a bright shining light when he would wave and give me that smile every time I would see him in my mail truck. I'm sure he will be greatly missed by all who loved him.. Cherish the good memories. Sincerely, Benni (your retired letter carrier)

Posted by A friend   February 15, 2020

Our condolences to his family.

Colonel was our family DDS for many years and we both share love of Barber Shop Harmony. A couple of years ago, he, Dick Hester, Clieve Hendricks, and I sang a few numbers at the downtown Irish place, and then a few more out on the sidewalk. His son Todd, recorded it and put it on You Tube where it went viral with a few thousand hits. Great fun....great memories....he will be missed by many. Wayne (& Monique) Kahrs

Posted by Wayne Kahrs - Norton Shores, MI   February 15, 2020

Dr. Winnick was not only my dentist for many , many years, but also our neighbor when I was growing up.
Your dad had a great way with kids, Todd and he always had great "treasures" in his little trunk after your appointment.
He will be remembered for his kindness and laughter!

Posted by Sherri Wohlfard- Schroer - Whitehall, MI   February 14, 2020

Dr. Winnick was my dentist for many years. He was a very caring man and will be missed.

Posted by Brian Falony - Lawrenceville, GA - Acquaintance   February 14, 2020

Todd we have never met but just want youi to know how sorry I was to read that your dad has passed.
I have so many fond memoires of golfing with him at MCC, seeing your mom and dad at Jazz concert;s and at Patti's Garden when my husband was there for 3 month and 3 days. Have several bushes and trees planted in memory of my husband in Patrti's Gardem.
I haven't seen your dad in years but we were back and forth with notes and jokes on the computer.
I will miss him and my thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Mary Ann Bard

Posted by Mary Ann Bard - Muskegon,, MI - Friend   February 14, 2020