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Industry Mourns Loss of Four Winns Patriarch Bill Winn


William H. (Bill) Winn, patriarch of Four Winns, passed away on December 9 at the age of 92.

Winn was born in Hamilton, Ohio, and enlisted in the Army to fight during World War II. Afterwards, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in business.

In 1975, Winn started Four Winns Inc. with his three sons — Charlie, Bill Jr. and John. The “four Winns” manufactured fiberglass powerboats in Cadillac, Michigan.

From the first year the company made a profit, Winn started an employee profit sharing program. He was huge into volunteering and giving back to the community. Winn was famous for wearing a button that said “RMA,” for Right Mental Attitude, and he was the epitome of that attitude.

Winn was married to his wife of 72 years, June C. Hathorn, who survives him.

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