Winfred “Win” Trexler Proffitt passed away at his home in North Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday, January 24, 2022. He had just reached 92 years old.
Born January 3, 1930, in Truman, Arkansas, Win was the
second of 12 children of Agnes A. and William T. Proffitt. He grew up in the farm country around Dyess, Arkansas, and was active in sports like football and basketball in his youth. Exemplifying a strong work ethic, he recalled proudly working as a bus driver in high school to earn extra money.
Win joined the U.S. Army at age 18 and completed an
honorable career serving his country for more than 25 years, most of it overseas. He performed admirably in the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam and retired at the rank of Major in 1974 in Okinawa. He received numerous awards, medals, and other recognitions including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and citations for service in Vietnam and Korea.
He was proud of his military career and applied his
strong work ethic to a second career in the insurance industry. While based in the Philippines and then Guam, he rose up within his company’s ranks from sales staff to division supervisor for the Asia division. Retiring again from this second career, he relocated with his family to North Las Vegas in 2003.
Win is survived by Lorna Gonzales Proffitt, his wife of
almost 36 years. He is also survived by three children and their families: Winfred T. Proffitt Jr. (54) and spouse Julia Beth Proffitt of Lancaster, PA; Katherine G. Proffitt (38) and spouse Darin Toone of Phoenix, AZ; William G. Proffitt (30) and spouse Samira Proffitt of Bellevue, WA. They will remember Win’s outgoing personality, quick wit and sense of humor, and a strong emphasis on hard work and personal responsibility. Tough as nails and stubborn as a mule, Win was a fighter who survived many adversities and health challenges. He was always generous and supportive to his family.
A military service will be held in March at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.