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Subject: [INHENDRI] Harold Freeman Wingler Obituary
Date: 20 Jan 2003 14:28:36 -0700

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Surnames: Wingler, Deem, Johnson
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I am not related to this gentleman, so please don't ask me questions. I am just posting this to help other Hendricks County researchers.

Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD), Thursday, July 25, 2002, 4
Harold Freeman Wingler

Sioux Falls - Harold F. Wingler, 2805 S. Lake Avenue, died July 23, 2002, following a battle with acute leukemia. He was 82.

Harold Freeman Wingler was born in Clayton, Indiana on April 20, 1920 to Jesse V. & Leona (Deem) Wingler. He attended most of his school years in Clayton, graduating from Amo, Indiana High School. After graduation, he worked at Curtis-Wright Industries in Indianapolis, Indiana as a tool & die maker before enlisting in the Army Air Force. He served during WW II. While attending Air Force Radio School in Sioux Falls, SD, he met Lois Ann Johnson of Shindler, SD. They were united in marriage on April 28, 1947. After leaving the military, he owned and operated a Phillips 66 garage and station. He graduated from Reppert Auction School in Indiana in August, 1948. He worked as a salesman for Dakota Auto Parts in Sioux Falls before returning to Indiana to live in May of 1951. There he worked for Link-Belt as a tool & die maker. At the same time, he established himself in the auction business. In 1958, he returned with his family to Sioux Falls where he worked as a machinist for Sioux!
Steel and Raven Industries, while he started Wingler & Son's Auction, where he was active until his death.

He served as Sioux Falls Public Works Commissioner from 1978 to 1983. He was an active member of First Baptist Church where he served in a variety of positions. He also spent time traveling with Faith at Work Teams. He was the first Chairman of the Board of the Glory House in Sioux Falls; he was instrumental in the establishment of the Firehouse Coffeehouse, and served on the Board of Directors for the Children's Home Society. He was president of the Eugene Field PTA and was awarded a lifetime membership. He has served as Commander of the Harrisburg American Legion. He was active for many years in the downtown Lions Club of Sioux Falls as well as the Elks Lodge.

Harold was an avid fan of Southern Gospel music and enjoyed singing along! He had a very big heart and befriended everyone he met. People always knew if they ever needed a helping hand, all they'd have to do is ask! He was a huge supporter of his family and was happiest at family gatherings. Hunting, fishing and God's great outdoors were among his favorite things. He was a wonderful husband, a great father and grandfather. He will be missed very much!

So very grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Lois; sons, Dale (Cathy) Wingler, Mankato, MN, Terry (Karen) Wingler, Gerry (Susie) Wingler and daughter Debbie (Byron) Johnson, all of Sioux Falls, SD; 14 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren; sister-in-law, Opal Huckfeldt, Canton, SD. Residing in Indiana is his son, Harold Wayne (Connie) Wingler; daughter, Pat (Roy) Oliver; brothers, W.P. Wingler, H. L. (Elizabeth) Wingler, Jesse (Jean) Wingler; and sisters, Beulah (Bob) Burcham and JoAnn Noble along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, at First Baptist Church. Visitation begins at 5:00 pm, Thursday, at Miller Funeral Home, 13th and Main Avenue, and will continue throughout the day on Friday. A Prayer Service will be held Friday at 7:00 pm, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church in memory of Harold.

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