WINDSOR, Colo. — Karl L. Winegardner, 73, from Windsor, Colo., passed away Jan. 23, 2014, from pancreatic cancer. Dr. Winegardner was born on Dec. 24, 1940, in Harrod, Ohio, to Willis B. and Marie (Dillinger) Winegardner. He is survived by his wife, Corinne L. Adams, whom he married on Jan. 1, 2012, and by his children Beth (Jim) Jackson, of Windsor, Doug (Beth) Winegardner, of Beaverdam, Va.; and by his brother, Kurtis Winegardner, of Harrod, Ohio.

Dr. Winegardner was a 1958 graduate of Harrod High School, a cum laude graduate in 1962 from Ohio Northern University, where he was President of the student education organization. He also graduated in 1966 from The Ohio State University where he received a MA degree in English Education. He furthered his education at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) earning a PhD in 17th century epic religious poetry in 1974. Karl taught English at The Ohio State University, in Lima, at Warner Southern College, in Lake Wales, Fla., at the University of Findlay, where he taught prison inmates and at South East Community College in Cumberland, Ky., where he served as Director of Academic Support.

In Colorado, he taught at Front Range Community College and retired from Aims Community College in 2007. Karl served as a nursing home administrator in Ohio for several years. After graduating with a M.Div degree from the Methodist Theological School, in Ohio, in 1986, he was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church and pastored three congregations in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served as a Community Spiritual Director for the Northern Colorado Emmaus Community from 2008-2011. He was a past member at First Christian Church and at the time of his death, was a member of Heart of the Rockies Christian Church in Fort Collins. Karl enjoyed reading, stained glass making, traveling and growing roses.

Besides his wife and children, Karl is survived by four grandchildren, Joe and Julianna Jackson, of Windsor, and Ryan and Griffin Winegardner, of Beaverdam, Va. He is survived by stepchildren Timothy (Kendra) Adams, of Windsor, Julie (Scott) Perich, of Windsor, and Kris (Scott) Bunney, of Brighton, Colo., as well as numerous stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was married for 45 years to his first wife, Joann Pfeifer Winegardner, of Loveland, Colo., and she survives. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Kenneth Winegardner, and his sister, Kathryn George, of Lima, Ohio.

A Celebration of Life was held on Thursdsay, Jan. 30, 2014, at Heart of the Rockies Christian Church, in Fort Collins, Colo. His ashes were committed to Resthaven Memory Gardens in Loveland, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to Heart of the Rockies, Pathways Hospice,? or to the Colorado Christian Home (Tennyson Center) in Denver.