Former Kirksville Mayor latest non-D.O. to join alumni association

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2006) – Ron Winkler, president of Winkler Communications and former Kirksville Mayor, was recently honored by the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association with Honorary KOAA Membership. The KOAA Board of Directors established the Honorary Membership Award in 1948 to recognize individuals who render meritorious service to osteopathic education.

Winkler is actively involved in both the ATSU and Kirksville communities, serving as co-chair of ATSU’s Connell Information Technologies Center Community Campaign, current president of Kirksville Regional Economic Development Inc., past president of the Kirkville Country Club, past board member of the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce, and former mayor of the City of Kirksville. Winkler is a financial supporter of ATSU’s Still National Osteopathic Museum and a past Preferred Merchant. In 2006, he received the Still Spirit Award for Business Leader of the Year.

Winkler has spent 42 years in the telecommunications business and has lived in Kirksville since 1968. A Vietnam War veteran, he spends his spare time golfing and as a pilot. He and his wife, Cecelia, reside in Kirkville along with their son, Tim, his wife, and their two children.