Longtime AP newsman Wintrode dies in Mont. at 64

By the Associated Press | June 7, 2011 | 9:12 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Warren Wintrode, a longtime Associated Press newsman, has died at age 64.

Pam Moser, Wintrode's ex-wife, says he was found in his Helena home on May 31 after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Wintrode joined the AP in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1968 as a part-time employee during his final year of college. After graduating, he worked for the AP in Louisville, Ky., working mainly as a sports writer.

He later transferred to Cheyenne, Wyo., and then to Helena in 1977.

Wintrode left the AP in 1982, but returned two years later and worked in the Helena bureau until he retired in 1996.

Moser says Wintrode was at his best writing outdoor feature stories about the Big Sky country he had grown to love.