Michael Winckler Obituary (1984 – 2022) – Buckner, MO
Michael James Winckler, 37, of Independence, MO, died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Cremation is scheduled with a memorial service to be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055. Donations may be made in his name to the Independence Animal Shelter, 21001 MO-78, Independence, MO 64057 or at HappyBottoms, 303 W 79th St, Kansas City, MO 64114. Michael was born February 16, 1984 in Salina, KS to Mark and Tamara (Smith) Winckler. He graduated from Mankato, High School in Mankato, KS and later earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kansas State University. He had worked for the city of Independence since 2013, as a municipal engineer since 2020. Michael was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Mid American Regional Council, American Public Works Association, and Toastmasters International, Tru Talkers section. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed brewing at home with his best college buddies, always telling them what to do, while wearing his favorite jumpsuit. They also enjoyed attending concerts together, often traveling to St. Louis, Omaha, or Des Moines for a weekend drive. KISS, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, ZZ Top and Hall and Oats were among his favorites. Family was the most important thing to Michael, one activity he enjoyed the most was cheering on Miles and his friends on the football field. Never missing a game, he kept notes to help remember all the kids’ names and keep score for the rest of us on the sidelines. It was important for him to learn everyone’s name so he could cheer them all on. He was Miles’ most supportive and loving father and Shannon’s husband. Michael was loyal to his friends and colleagues, with a teacher’s heart and would do anything for anyone. He was always generous with his time and resources, giving and helping whenever needed. Michael was married to Shannon Hillis on October 8, 2011, she survived him of the household; He is also survived by; one son, Miles Winckler of the house; 2 sisters, Kaydee Sheets Jonesboro, AR and Jessica Winters and husband Alex of Ellsworth, KS; his parents, Tamara and Jeff DeBey of Garnett, KS and Mark and Liz Winckler of Lincoln, KS; his grandparents, Phyllis Winckler of Wilson, KS and Kay and Thayer Smith of Ellsworth, KS and a niece Addie Winters. He is pursued in death by his grandfather Paul Winckler and
niece Clio Leaves.
Posted by Speaks Suburban Chapel on February 18, 2022.