Arthur A. Winkelman


Arthur Alvin Winkelman, 73, of Wausau, WI (formerly of Duluth, MN) died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. When given a few short months, he beat the odds, lived fearlessly for almost two years. Art was born May 14, 1949, in Evanston, Illinois to Charles and Norine (Kuhlman) Winkelman. He graduated from Duluth East High School in 1967 and attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for three years. Art served in the U.S. Army from October 1970 - June 1972. He spent most of his career (April 1,1975 - June 30, 2004) working in law enforcement for the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department, Duluth, MN. He was a Patrol Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator, and Arson Investigator, finishing his career as the St. Louis County Rescue Squad Liaison Deputy from 1992-2004.

Art was preceded in death by his father, Charles “Barney” Winkelman; his mother, Norine Winkelman; and brother, Charles “Wink” Winkelman, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Patty; son, Jamie Bianchet (Melinda); daughter, Julie Welch (Jeremy); four grandchildren, Hayden Welch, Maddie Welch, Emilia Bianchet, and Owen Bianchet. His brilliantly dry wit, love of music, limitless story-telling abilities, and compassionate spirit will be missed by all.

The family would like to thank our many friends and neighbors who supported and helped us throughout this difficult journey.

A thank you also to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their care and compassion.

A celebration of life will be held in Duluth at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Art’s honor to St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad, 5735 Old Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN 55811.

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