Tom Cole, Houghton Rotarian

“I first met ‘Winks’ when we moved here in 1985. It was at a Chamber of Commerce fundraiser — ‘Roasting’ Winks Gundlach. I did not know the ‘dignitaries’ doing the ‘roasting’, but they were rough on Winks. When it was Wink’s turn to give the ‘jabs’ back, he was hilarious. Our paths crossed many times after that evening in 1985. Winks and I were both in the Houghton Rotary Club. Every summer, Winks hosted a Rotary Club Picnic at his camp. Back in the old days, we would golf in the morning at Wyandotte Hills, then return to his camp where we would have a softball game, horseshoes, shuffle board, and skeet shooting. In the evening after the barbecue, we would play cards until the wee hours of the morning.

“Winks had many wonderful attributes. He was friends with everybody, no matter what your ‘ranking’ on the ‘social scale’ was. What really made him a hero to me was his philanthropic nature–everything from establishing the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home to establishing a book club for children.

“Winks would always greet everybody with a smile. He made a person feel like he or she was a lifelong friend. Winks’ legacy will long be remembered.”