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We recently lost one of our good members to that horrible disease that is Cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family.
Retired Col. Curtis Mark Winstead, USAF, 52, of Alderson, WV, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2014, at his home following a long battle with cancer.
The son of Margaret Holdorff Winstead and the late retired Lt. Col. Maurice Winstead, he was born October 16, 1962, at Orlando Air Force Base, FL, and moved many times during his childhood.
Col. Winstead was commissioned into the United States Air Force on May 18, 1985, and served for 27 years as a combat weather officer. He survived the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11 and was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He commanded the 18th Expeditionary Weather Squadron during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 and served as an adviser to the Iraqi National Security Council during the surge in 2007 and 2008. During his final year in the Air Force, he commanded the Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Base in Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012. Col. Winstead earned several service medals, including the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, and five Meritorious Service medals. He also received a senior parachutist badge with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC.
Col. Winstead loved the Lord and believed in leading like Christ, through love, and is described by many as a spiritual leader and a strong Christian example, both at home and on the battlefield. He was a dedicated husband and father; he was a friend, mentor, and leader to many and was loved by all. Col. Winstead enjoyed travel, adventure, and the great outdoors; running, cycling, backpacking, or dirt biking at every opportunity.
Always an active man and goal setter, he worked hard and retired young. He purchased his dream property in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia with his wife, where he roasted coffee, raised cows, chickens, and bees, and enjoyed a self-sufficient life.
Col. Winstead is survived by his wife, Theresa Gagnon Winstead; their two daughters, Laura Winstead Davis and husband, Eric (USMC), and Christi Winstead; his mother, Margaret Winstead; and siblings, Debra, Jeff, Pamela, Tina, and Keith.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 1 PM at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel in Alderson with retired Col. John McCain, USAF, and Timothy Luce officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery on Big Branch Road, Alderson, where full military funeral honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force Honor Guard, Andrews Air Force Base, MD.
Friends may call Saturday, March 28, from 12-1 PM at the funeral home in Alderson.
Funeral escort and flag line will be provided by the West Virginia Patriot Guard Riders.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Christian Relief Fund, P.O. Box 19670, Amarillo, TX 79114-1670 (www.christianrelief fund.org) and to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 (www.wounded warriorproject.org).
Lobban Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.