Harold J. Pingel, 79, of Seymour passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, surrounded by his family.
He was born November 26, 1938, son of the late Harold O. Pingel and Coletta (De Cleene) Pingel Heagle.
Following graduation from Seymour High School he served in the US Army. He was a member of the Seymour American Legion Post #106.
Harold married the love of his life, Dolores Banker, on June 2, 1962 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Black Creek. He has been a member of St. John Catholic Church in Seymour for many years.
At the age of 17 he began working at Gustman’s in Seymour. He later became the general manager for 31 years, retiring in 2000 following a 43 year career. Following retirement Harold decided to run for Mayor of the City of Seymour, having won the election and serving in that role for six years.
Harold was a steward of the community and was passionate about serving others. In various capacities he served: Kiwanis, Crystal Springs Golf Course, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation, Seymour Alternative High School, Outagamie County Fair, and many other organization. Good Shepherd was Harold’s most important organization, and he served on the Board of Directors for many years and had chaired the Lights of Love Gala along with Dolores.
Harold enjoyed being active and spent a lot of his time outdoors. He loved to go fishing, boating, swimming, and water skiing with friends and family. Hunting, fishing, gardening, and keeping his lawn in perfect shape were some of his favorite hobbies. Harold could also fix anything and would lend a hand whenever needed.
More than anything, Harold cherished the time spent with his wife, children, and the grandchildren. He had traveled with Dolores to many states and they enjoyed the winters in Florida.
Harold is survived by his wife Dolores; children: Keith (Michele) Pingel, Karen (Craig) Lampe, Sherry (Jon) Bednarski, Lynn (John) Dable, and Steven (Lisa) Pingel; grandchildren: Logan and Luke Pingel, Jeremy and Emily Lampe, Jason and Justin Bednarski, Brandon and Haley Dable, Jordyn and Trevor Pingel. Further survived by his brothers: Earl Heagle, Dale (Chris) Heagle, Dennis Heagle, and David Heagle; in-laws: Robert (Connie) Banker, Dorothy Thomas, Darvin Thomas, Janet (Dick) Rathsack, Sharon (Gene) Patzner, and Stan Jr. (Linda) Banker.
In addition to his parents, Harold and Coletta, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Edward Heagle; brothers: Robert Heagle and Jeff Heagle; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Stanley and Viola Banker; sisters-in-law, Grace (Dennis) Tierney and Marion Banker; brother-in-law, John Banker.
Friends may call at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Visitation will continue at St. John Catholic Church, Seymour on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 9:00 am until the funeral mass at 11:00 am with Fr. Brian Belongia and Deacon Rich Matuszak officiating. Military honors will take place at the church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy other than flowers may be expressed as memorials that will be contributed to Harold’s favorite charities.
Online condolences to Harold’s family may be expressed at www.muehlboettcher.com
Special thanks to everyone at Good Shepherd Services for the wonderful care given to Harold and to Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home for their assistance during this difficult time