Duane Ralph Winkler was born July 23, 1944, to Oren Carl Winkler and Dorothy Faye (Risdon) Winkler on the Winkler family farm four miles east of Hamburg.  
He passed away April 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Duane graduated 8th grade from rural Highland Country School and high school from Hamburg Community Schools in 1962.  
He enjoyed the farm life and operated a hay baler to earn enough money to put him through Iowa State University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Mathematics in 1966.
In June of 1966, Duane moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he began work as a Computer Programmer; a job he dearly loved. He worked there until retirement in April, 1997, except for two assignments.  
Duane spent 1973 and 1974 in Vienna, Austria, working at The International Atomic Energy Agency.  
In 1991, he was assigned to the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
After retirement in April, 1997, Duane did volunteer work for the Town of Farragut.  
He also raised peonies and would make an annual trip back to Iowa to decorate graves.
Preceding Duane in death were his parents and two sisters: Clarice Ann Winkler Head and infant Beverly Faye Winkler.  
Survivors include his brothers:  George Winkler and wife Janeth of Henderson, NV, Charles Winkler and wife Sue of Hamburg, brother in law Daniel Head and wife Betty of Holiday Island, Arkansas and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday; April 15, 2017 at the Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg with Pastor Tom Beutler officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery across the road from the family farm ending life’s journey just a quarter mile from where it started.
The family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday (4/14) at Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg.
Memorials may be given to the Hamburg Vol. Fire Dept. or Hamburg Rescue.
Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.