Carl Victor (Vic) Winterholler


(Oct. 8, 2008)

Carl Victor (Vic) Winterholler, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell, with his wife, Dorothy, by his side.

He was born east of Lovell on Aug. 11, 1923, to Carl Gottlieb Winterholler and Alvina Wagner Winterholler. He was the third born in a family of five children.

Vic received his education in the Lovell schools and graduated in 1941, then entered Casper College on a basketball scholarship.

His basketball pursuits continued as a member of the Lovell LDS West Ward team, and in the 1950s the Lovell Jaycees that played all over Wyoming and Montana and beyond. The team won the national tournament in Atlanta, Ga. The West Ward team won the All-Church championship in Salt Lake City a number of times.

Vic was also an amazing fast pitch softball pitcher, playing the Lovell city league and then later in the service.

He was a World War II veteran, serving from 1943 to 1946 in the India/Burma Theater. He was called back to service during the Korean War.

He was married to Josie Tippetts in Lovell, and they were the parents of six children: Vicki, Sherry, Carol, David, Daniel and Marcie. They later divorced.

In 1976, he married Dorothy Monk and together they shared her four children, David, Janis, Diane and Renae. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In his early years, he worked in the Highland Grocery, the Lovell brick yard and on the farm alongside his family. He loved farming and ranching and belonged to many farm organizations, serving 33 years on the Big Horn Basin Beetgrowers board  and also on the ASCS Committee. He also served on the board of the Lovell Volunteer Firemen and the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association.

In his later years, after the farm sold, he liked riding around the farm in his pickup to check on the Asay crops and cattle, visiting with friends at Minchow’s and reading every western book in the Lovell Library.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Vicki Crockett (Jay) of Alamo, Calif., Sherry Fredrickson (Eric) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Carol Doerr (Jerry) of Worland, David Winterholler (Suzanne) of Lovell, Daniel Winterholler (Darlene) of Ammon, Idaho, and Marcie Baird (Eric) of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 25 grandchildren and 18 geat-grandchildren; Dorothy’s children, David Monk (Sherie), Jan Asay (Stan), Diane Busteed (Richard), and Renae Wolvington (Brad) and their children; and one aunt, Lydia Parks of Lovell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Selma and Christina; a brother, Fred, and an infant sister, Elizabeth.

Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 13 at the Lovell LDS Church. Burial was in the Lovell Cemetery under the direction of Haskell Funeral Home.