Melvin "Wink" Charles Wincapaw

July 04, 1927 - November 13, 2022


Obituary For Melvin "Wink" Charles Wincapaw

DeForest - Melvin Charles “Wink” Wincapaw, age 95, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 13, 2022. He was born on July 4, 1927, the son of Roy and Johanna Wincapaw.

He graduated from Beloit High School in 1945 and joined the U.S Navy. After an honorable discharge he moved back to South Beloit and married the love of his life, Romaine Kemp. Throughout his incredible life he wore many hats. He was a serviceman, a machinist, an apartment manager, and a business owner. Mostly though, he was a wonderful husband and father which is the hat he wore with pride. Wink’s life was devoted to his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Romaine; his children Gail (Victor) Taugher, Libby (Robert) Weiler, Penny, and Jeff (Dana) Wincapaw, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Johanna and Roy Wincapaw, his brother Robert (Hazel), Shirley (Karl) Fries, son in law Bernie, and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Ryan Funeral Home, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest, WI. A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. A private family burial will be held at Sun Prairie Memory Gardens.

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  • 12/07/2022

    My condolences to all of the Winkcapaw family. I have never met any of you, however, Romaine is my 1st cousin once removed, my father's 1st cousin. The stories of Wink remind me of my father (Richard J. Kemp) who was born in 1925. They were the "Greatest Generation" surely. My best to all of the family, Mark Kemp

  • 11/25/2022

    I lost my dad who is my rock and has been all my life. Being raised by him and mom was all happy memories. At times he used discipline but we all respected him. He was a shining example to us children about marriage as he was in love with my mom for all the time they were together. He was the model of man in that he was always clean and nicely dressed. He was always working whether it was house repairs rebuilding old houses and then selling them, and had a work ethic that he passed on to his children. He was old fashioned in an endearing way. When I came to Madison Point he would cheerfully say "Is that Gail D Taugher?" With a big smile on his face. I will always remember seeing mom and dad hold hands and sometimes steal a kiss. He was my hero

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