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Dr. Ivan L. Winchel, age 73, of Greenville, passed away late Tuesday evening, September 27, 2011 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice following a stroke. The son of Ivan C. & Nettie (Baker) Winchel, he was born on December 11, 1937 in White Cloud. At the age of 8 he started farming in White Cloud, where he learned to groom, ride, and show horses, as well as winning many rodeo ribbons. In high school, Ivan was an athletic star on the football and basketball teams.

Following his graduation from the Palmer Chiropractic College, Dr. Winchel spent his working years as a chiropractor. In retirement, he kept busy with several sports including golf, cycling, and even playing basketball at the age of 72. He was a member of the Three Angels Fellowship Seventh Day Adventist Church where he enjoyed the privilidge of serving as a Deacon, in addition to supporting many other charities. He will be remembered as one who was always willing to help others and also for being generous with his opinion.

On October 25, 1986, at Shiloh Community Church, he married the former Denise Ayn Jenner, who preceded him in death on July 15, 2006.

Surviving are his children, Ivan A. Tony of Fruitport, Louri Winchel of White Cloud, Jeffrey Winchel of California, and Robert Bob” & Gayle Winchel of North Muskegon; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation with the family is from 1-2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at the BelGreen Seventh Day Adventist Church, 9799 W. Baker Road (off of M-91), Greenville, where memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Frank Lugo will officiate and light refreshments will follow the service. Honoring Ivans wishes, cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Dr. Winchels online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville, is serving the family


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  1. Anonymous on September 27, 2011 at 12:00 am


    10/03/2011 –

    Dale Reyburn

    Your Dad, Ivan was a friend of mine. He and his accountant, Jim, and I had many lunches together. He tried to inspire me as in my work as well as my golf game. He was always good to talk to. He is one I will miss talking too.

    10/01/2011 –

    Cindy Stevens

    My deepest sympathies to Ivan’s family. He was a good friend from Belgreen church and he and Denise did a lot to encourage me in my health issues and showimg me how to take better care of myself. My prayers are with you. Cindy(Mulder) Stevens

    09/30/2011 –

    Rod & Janet Horricks

    Our thoughts are with family of Ivan & Denise. We will always remember them both as dear friends.
    Ivan was a special man with a energenic and kind spirit. He will be missed.

    09/30/2011 –

    Dawn (Winchel) Noble

    Keeping your family in our prayers. Peace be with you all.
    Jeff & Dawn Noble

    09/29/2011 –

    Annette Hornsby

    Clint, Emily, Boone & Josh: I am so sorry for the loss of your step-father, and Papa. He will now be with Denise. May all your good memories bring you comfort at this time. Love and Prayers, Aunt Annette

    09/29/2011 –

    Cheryl (Winchel) Baker

    I am so sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you.Love to all.

    09/28/2011 –

    Ali Young

    My husband and I use to play basketball with Ivan at Lincoln Heights Elementary. He was always the guy that was stuck guarding me. He was the only guy that ever took it easy on me while on the court. He was a great guy and he has deeply touched mine and my husbands hearts. We were blessed to have had the chance to know him and have him in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will never be forgotten. He will be missed greatly.

    Charlie Winchel Thomas

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of Ivan. God Be with you all.
    Bob & Charlie Thomas

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