William F. Winch, 91, Vero Beach

William F. Winch, 91, died Jan. 12, 2011, at the VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach.

He was born in Angola, N.Y., and lived in Vero Beach since 1996, coming from Fort Pierce.

Before retirement, he was an engineer at Chevron Corp. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was a member of the Indian River Woodcarvers, a licensed pilot and manufacturer of custom knives.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ann Noble-Winch, of Vero Beach; daughters, Valencia Waggle, of Vancleave, Miss., and Nola Leclair, of Hudson; sons, William Winch Jr., of Winter Haven, Michael Winch, of Holly Hill, N.C., and Thomas R. Winch, of Los Angeles; stepsons, Richard Ristau, of Vero Beach and David Ristau, of Troy, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Linda Foley, of Hingham, Mass.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

No services are planned.

Arrangements are by Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach.

A guestbook is available at http://www.seawindsfh.com/obituaries.php.

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