October 13,1937 in Chariton, Iowa. Winfield was born and raised in Lucas County on the family home place. He went to Norwood school until eighth grade then graduated from Chariton High School with the class of 1956.
Growing up, Winfield dedicated his life to farming, alongside his father and brother Harold D, which was his life time best friend. Through the years, they strived to produce the best corn and bean crops and can’t forget the hay crop to get enough small square bales to fill the hay mow. Over the years they’ve had a cow/calf operation, which was his favorite, feedlot finishing cattle they raised and purchased, sheep, swine, and Belgian horses.
In 1960, Winfield enlisted in the National Guard and served until 1966 when he was honorably discharged.
He was actively involved in the community and was elected as the Ottercreek Township clerk in 1978, serving as the clerk for 36 years. He also served on the FSA Board in Lucas County. The Lord always came first in his life. He enjoyed attending the First United Methodist Church every Sunday with his family in Chariton and Norwood through the years. Winfield’s family was always very dear to him. He always admired the hard work ethic D had and the ability to get a job done no matter how big or small.
D married his wife Kathy in 1968, and to this union two nephews, Brian and Mark were born. He loved working side by side with D, Brian and Mark on the family farm and with the custom farm operation. Winfield had the ability to know how many rounds it took to work any field. He enjoyed hauling silage for Brewbaker Farms, counting every load. D and Kathy also blessed Winfield with a niece Diane whom he spent a lot of time with on the farm in her adolescent years and later going on wrecker calls with Diane and her husband Rich, because they might go out to eat when the work was done! He also enjoyed going to the Iowa Beef Expo with her to listen to the auctioneers. Winfield spent a lot of time at the Russell Sale Barn listening to Shawn, Justen and Alex sell cattle. He had a passion for cattle sales and listening to auctioneers. Every year Winfield looked forward to the Iowa State Fair! He loved going to watch his nieces and nephews show livestock, the food and the people! He also had many extended family and friends including Alan and Jerry Fogle that he kept in close contact with.
Winfield passed away on September 25, 2014 at the Legacy Lodge in Chariton, with his loving family at his side after a courageous battle with heart disease and diabetes. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Winfield and Lodema Pennington, Jerome and Charlotte Vawter; parents Harold and Faye Pennington. Winfield is survived by his brother Harold D (Kathy); nephews Brian (Danielle) and Mark (Christy); niece Diane (Rich) Hamilton; great-nephews Tyler (Emily), Austin and Brady Hamilton, Quentyn and Charles; great-nieces Taylor and Charity and many other relatives and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Legacy Lodge Hospice of Chariton.