Tom Winter

December 30, 1940 - November 3, 2020


Service: Private family services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 6 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton.

Service: Livestream link

Thomas “Tom” J. Winter, age 79, died Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society Canton due to COVID-19.  Private family services will be held at 10:30 Friday, November 6 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton.    Mask use is required. The service will be live streamed on Zoom.

          Tom was born on December 30, 1940 in Rock Rapids, IA to William “Bill” and Lois (Lape) Winter.  He was raised on a farm near Rock Rapids and attended country school and high school in Alvord and Rock Rapids.  He served his country in the Naval Reserve.  He married Frances Behring on February 6, 1960 in Canton Lutheran Church.

          Tom worked at Farmers Co-Op Oil until starting on the bridge crew at the Lincoln County Highway Department.  He spent 38 years at the county, working his way up to Highway Superintendent.  In addition, he served as a Canton City Commissioner and Mayor.  He also enjoyed camping, watching sports on television, having the grandchildren around and eating sweets.

          Tom loved racing sprint cars and raced at Husets, Knoxville, Jackson, Hartford, Fairmont, and Winnipeg during his 22-year career.  He was inducted into the Husets’ Hall of Fame in 2005.

          Tom is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances; 5 children: Teresa Feucht, Tim (Michelle) Winter, Denise Winter, Diane (Chris) Holmberg, and William Winter; 12 grandchildren: Jennifer Cole, Matthew Feucht, Amy Eisman, Stephanie Winter, Stacy Brown, Samantha Winter, Shelby Van Voorst, Becky Winter, Andrew Winter, Christa Winter-King, Oscar Holmberg, and Sophie Holmberg; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Marlo (Liz) Winter,  Janene Driesen, and Lanny (Shirley) Winter; along with numerous extended family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Darwin and Gary; sisters, Karolyn Henderson and Joan Driesen; and son-in-law, Duane Feucht.

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  1. Teresa, Fran and family,

    It made me sad to read about your dad (husband) passing away. This darn Covid. I know he will always hold a special place in your hearts, and I’m sure whenever you think of him, smiles will come easily. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

    Marg Warnock

  2. Fran and family. you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless ! Craig & Faye Seiders

  3. I remember our Uncle Tom Winter as a heroic almost mythic figure when were growing up. We would sit in the stands at Husets Speedway and see him and the rest of the family/crew including Dale and the Winters and Krogers in the pits throwing mud in the air and flying to victory. At all the holidays at our grandparents house he was so much fun to listen to and laugh with. I loved his quick dry sense of humor and especially the woman he chose to marry, his beautiful Francis. He was a good, good man and was loved by all.

  4. I remember my dad (Russ McFarlane) working in the pits with Tom’s crew. Also going to the house to look at the cars.
    I have many pictures of all them that we be cherished forever.
    Take care of each other and just take a day at a time.
    praying for all of you.

  5. Thoughts and prayers to the family. I will miss our talks at the track, A conversation with Tom was always uplifting and positive.

  6. Francis and family, I was sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. I remember when Francis was dating the good looking guy from Rock Valley and being at your wedding. May Jesus be with you through this time.
    Your memories will comfort you.

    Delores & Dennis