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Winford “Win” Layfette Headrick

- February 8, 2019

Winford “Win” Layfette Headrick, son of William Grover Headrick and Mary Elizabeth Eaker Headrick, was born the 5th of 6 children, on May 16, 1928 in Taskee, Missouri, and passed away on February 8, 2019 at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheatridge, Colorado, at the age of 90 years and 9 months.

Win was born at the beginning of the Great Depression. He attended a one room country school. He then attended Greenville High School, graduating in 1946. Shortly after graduation, Win enlisted in the U.S. Army. While in training at Fort Bliss, he became a believer in Christ, which gave him new direction and purpose in life. Win was sent to Japan while in the army and served as a personnel technician with the 12th Cavalry Division. While there, he grew in his faith and upon discharge Win enrolled in Columbia Bible Institute, now called Columbia International University.

While at Columbia he served as an assistant to three different pastors. During the summer of 1951 he helped an elderly pastor establish a village church in the Great Smokey Mountains, which he talked about many times later in his life.

After graduating Columbia in 1952, he began his pastoral ministry in South Central Iowa, receiving his ordination on April 4, 1953 in Lorimor, Iowa.  This would lead to him pastoring several different churches, eventually across Nebraska and Wyoming.   While pastoring in Iowa in August of 1952, Win married Pauline Drum, whom he met as a fellow student at Columbia.   Two daughters blessed this union, Miriam Ruth born in 1953 and Deborah Ann in 1957.

In 1973 Win left the ministry and moved to Denver, Colorado due to family health problems.   He found employment with the security department of Jefferson County Schools where he worked until retirement in 1991, and he continued part-time with security after retirement.

Win was widowed in 2001, and, as he said, “in God’s providence” met and married Joy Porter Isaac, whose family he had known in Iowa 40 years before. Win and Joy were married on May 11, 2002, and Win became an instant and loving grandpa. He gave special nicknames to his grandchildren and played games like hide and seek, and gave countless wheelbarrow rides around the neighborhood. Win and Joy have attended Southern Gables Church since their marriage.

Win was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters, his wife Pauline, and daughter Deborah Ann.

Left to cherish Win’s memory are his wife Joy Isaac Headrick; daughter Miriam and husband Lary Leeper of Denver; Step sons Jeff Isaac and wife Missi of Fergus Falls, MN, Gregory Isaac and wife Jennifer of Denver, Christopher Isaac and wife Shannon of Castle Rock, CO; and, twelve grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.  


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11 Responses

  1. Joy Headrick says:

    Thank you Greg and Jen. So appreciate your testimony of Win’s love to his Grandchildren. Time will tell of his impact on their lives. Love you

  2. Joy Headrick says:

    Thank you for your comforting words. I am so glad he was able to have grandchildren and then be a good example to them….God only knows. Love you. Momjoy

  3. Kari Wong says:

    The few times that I was blessed to be with Uncle Win, I was impressed by him! He was so kind and gentle and caring….and funny! A rare gem of a man. I’m so thankful to have been able to know him even a little bit! So much love to your family ❤️💗💗❤️

    • Joy Headrick says:

      Thank you so much Keri, your words are a great comfort to me. It helps me to remember him as he was before his terrible disease made him a stranger to me. He would be humbled by your words, but pleased. Thank you. Joy

  4. Ardythe Stoesz says:

    WIn was our walking neighbor. MUch love to Joy The Lord is with you.

    • Joy Headrick says:

      Thank you Ardy, I have many good memories of us walking by your house and wondering how Curt was doing. Thank you. Joy

  5. Ardythe Stoesz says:

    FOnd remembrances of a neighbor. JOy the Lord is with you always !

  6. Gypsy Elstun says:

    Win was a kind and caring man who always had a smile and a greeting for my husband John and I when we came to Sunday School. He was a fun person with a great sense of humor. He always called my husband, John, “John The Baptist” when he greeted us. He and his wife, Joy,are one of the reasons we called SGC home for so many years. My dear John passed away over 4 years ago and I know Win will meet “John The Baptist” in Heaven. His smile and his gentleness will be greatly missed by so many.

    • Joy Headrick says:

      thank you Gypsy, my friend who understands. I so appreciate your kind words about Win…..he would be pleased to know this. God bless you. Joy

  7. Greg and Jennifer Isaac says:

    Win was a loving and humorous grandpa and we are grateful he was in our lives. He set a good example and was a devoted husband. He will be missed.

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