Bernard J. Winterly

Bernard J. WinterlyBernard Jay “B. Jay” Winterly passed away with his family by his side June 14, 2018, due to medical complications at the age of 67.

Jay was born May 31,1951, in Patuxent River, Md., to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Joseph Winterly, the third child in the their family of five boys. As a Navy family the Winterlys moved around the country with their last duty station being at China Lake in 1957. Jay and his family lived on the base util they moved into the home his parents had built in Ridgecrest in 1962.

Jay graduated from Burroughs High School in 1969, entering the service shortly thereafter. He served as a helicopter mechanic in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1972 during which time he spent a tour in Vietnam and Germany. Returning to the United States he met and married his first wife Carol DiNino (Kay) in Pennsylvania. Returning to his home town in 1972, he found employment at China Lake in various positions, with his final position on the base at CLPP. Although his marriage to Kay ended in divorce, they had two wonderful daughters together whom Jay adored and they adore him.

Jay eventually met and married his current wife Karyn (Basham) in 1994. Jay and Karyn shared a love of adventure and spent many happy years together making a lifetime of memories. Jay also enjoyed the benefits of sharing closely in the lives of Karyn’s children and eventually their children. After 20 plus years of civil service Jay retired from the base and found employment at ACE CoGen in Trona and then Searles Valley Minerals from which he also retired. Jay returned to work for the Brahma Company in Ridgecrest where he was employed up until his passing.

Jay enjoyed working with his hands and was very creative. He liked being outdoors , exploring, always trying to enjoy and getting the most that life had to give in all of his adventures.

Jay liked being with old friends and making new friends, and telling a salty joke or two. He’s going to be missed for his quick-witted remarks and his big mustached smile. He liked watching baseball and talking baseball with his brothers. They all managed to see their favorite team, the Yankees, play at Yankee Stadium a time or two together. Jay loved the Yankees when they were winning and cursed “them stinking Yankees” as he called them, if they lost. His commentaries during Yankees games will be missed by his brothers; they will miss that about him and so much more. But most of all Jay enjoyed his family one and all. He was many things to many people. He was a husband, brother, uncle, grandpa, Papa and friend and he was loved, very much loved, and he will be greatly missed.

Jay was proceeded in death by his older brother Allen Winterly and his father and mother, Bernie and Jean Winterly. Jay is survived by his wife of 24 years, Karyn Winterly;, his cherished children Adeana (Kenny) Sultanik of Ridgecrest and Dawn Haynes of Georgia; his brother Paul Winterly of Colorado, Kirk Winterly of Ridgecrest and Lenny (Kathy) Winterly of Ridgecrest. Also, he is survived by his much-loved extended family Katy (Philip) Downing of Edwards AFB, Adam (Monique) Sweeney of Las Vegas, Jacob (Jessica) Basham of Ridgecrest, and by his beloved Aunt Gerry and Uncle Paul Banks of Portland Ore. Jay also leaves behind many nieces, nephews grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved and who will truly miss him.

Graveside service will be held at Desert Memorial Park Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m. A celebration of life for Jay will be held at 1 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center for all who wish to come and celebrate his life with his family.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, you just hold his memory in your hearts and pray for the Yankees to win the World Series this year for their 28th Championship. Jay was certain that this was going to be their year.

— Submitted by the family of B. Jay Winterly

Story First Published: 2018-06-29