Norman Gene Wintjen, 83, Port Richey, Florida-USMC-SSGT-Retired funeral services were held, Monday, August 21, 2017 at Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines, Fla., with the United States Marine Corps Honors and Ceremonial Funeral Team and the Marine Corps League # 54, officiating.
During SSGT Wintjen’s military career he served as a Field Artillery Operations Man and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Naval Unit Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters; Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal; Field Artillery Intelligence ; National Defense Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Clusters; Operations Course; Korean Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; United Nations Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He served during the Korean War and Vietnam War for over 22 years of active duty and was retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1972. He served at many United States Marine Corps bases throughout the United States and the world.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Norman earned his wings August 10, 2017 at the age of 83. Born in Belleview, on November 7, 1933, he was the youngest of nine children. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, seven siblings and two sons. He attended Pleasant Hill High School and was of the Methodist faith.
Norman is survived by his sweetheart of 62 years, Mary Ann; two daughters, Deborah Wintjen of Woodbridge, VA and Lisa Heberlein and her fiancé, Nick Johnson of Dunedin, Florida; granddaughter, Tiffany Smith and her husband, Matt and a great grandson, Keegan of Lutz, Florida; a brother, Bill Wintjen and his wife, Pat of Breese; numerous nieces, including Rebecca Rench of Nashville and Elyse Rench of Shiloh, nephews including Kevin Rench of Nashville along with other family members and friends. Norman’s spirit impacted everyone he met. He will be missed and forever in our hearts.