Robert C. Winchenbach, 91, of Waldoboro died April 27, 2010, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Robert was born April 12, 1919, in West Waldoboro, the son of Chester A. and Carrie E. Cushman Winchenbach. He attended the West Waldoboro School. He was a veteran of World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds received in the Battle of the Bulge. After returning from the war he worked in the Waldoboro Shipyard and at Hyde Windless in Bath and for many years at the Waldoboro Post Office, retiring in 1978.

He married A. Miriam Syrjala on July 28, 1940. Together they operated Wink’s Bottle Shop and Wink’s Christmas Trees, meeting many people who became longtime friends.

Robert was a charter member of the Maine Christmas Tree Association and also of the Dirigo Bottle Club. He was a member of the American Legion.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years; his brothers, Warren, Millard, Harold and Gideon Winchenbach; and his sisters, Grace Simmons, Frances Simmons and Priscilla Poland.

He is survived by his sons, Kenneth E. Winchenbach and his wife, Sally, of Sedgwick and Ronald E. Winchenbach and his wife, Deborah, of Upper Enchanted Township; his daughters, Barbara A. Linscott and her husband, Mahlon, of Washington and Dale E. Tolman of Waldoboro; his brothers, Addison Winchenbach and his wife, Geraldine, of Waldoboro, Russell Winchenbach of Vassalboro and Carlton Winchenbach of Chula Vista, Calif.; his sister, Christine Clifford of Waldoboro and Florida; his sister-in-law, Sara Clough of Rockland; seven grandchildren, Sara Winchenbach and her husband, Ed Hamlin, of Bar Harbor, David Linscott and his wife, Christina, of Topsham, Shari Whelan and her husband, Devlin, of Sedgwick, Karl Winchenbach and his wife, Sherrie, of Epping, N.H., Kenneth Walden and his wife, Amanda, of Bath, Greg Tolman of Washington and Rebecca Stenger and her husband, Jason, of Augusta; Eight great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Michael Hamlin of Seal Cove, April Winchenbach of Blue Hill, Kendra Winchenbach of Epping, N.H., Philip Hamlin of Bar Harbor, Seska Whelan of Sedgwick, and Drew and Gideon Walden of Bath; and many nieces and nephews.

The family is forever grateful to his caregivers Debi Walker, Debbie Winchenbach, Gale Anderson, Linda Richardson, Margaret Brown and the staff in the special care unit at Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

Visits will be held Friday, April 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m. at Hall Funeral Home. Interment will follow, with military honors, at Shuman Cemetery on Route 220 North in Waldoboro.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Waldoboro Historical Society, P.O. Box J, Waldoboro, ME 04572; or the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841

Arrangements are with Hall Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Waldoboro.