Jonathan Winters was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Alice Kilgore, a radio personality, and Jonathan Harshman Winters II, an investment broker. He was a descendant of Valentine Winters, founder of the Winters National Bank in Dayton, Ohio (now part of JPMorgan Chase).
Of English and Scots-
During his senior year of high school, Winters quit and joined the United States Marine Corps and served two and a half years in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Upon his return he attended Kenyon College. He later studied cartooning at Dayton Art Institute, where he met Eileen Schauder, whom he married in 1948.
Eileen encouraged Jonathan to enter a local talent contest in Dayton, which he did,
and he won a wrist watch, but the performance led him to a job as an early morning
This job led him to WBNS-
Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label, starting
in 1960. Probably the best-
Winters died on April 11, 2013, in , of natural causes. He is survived by his two children Jay and Lucinda Winters and five grandchildren.