Blue Earth Charles W. "Chuck" Pingry, age 83, of Blue Earth, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center.
Funeral Services were held March 19, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church in Blue Earth. The Rev. Janet Crissinger-Clark officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.
He was born Oct. 17, 1928, at Riceville, Iowa, the son of Gary and Erma (Frazer) Pingry. He was raised in Riceville where he was a 1946 graduate of Riceville High School. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1951 and later served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, being discharged in 1953. He was married to Arlene M. Johnson on Jan. 24, 1954, in Algona, Iowa. In 1955, he began working for Green Giant in Vinton, Iowa, and was transferred to Blue Earth in 1956. He was transferred to Montgomery in 1960 and he returned to Blue Earth permanently in 1964. He retired in 1972. Chuck owned and operated Anchor Realty & Development in Blue Earth, which became Anchor Property Services, until August 2011.
Chuck was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church, Jaycees, Masons, Shriners, Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce, Scout Master, Past President of the Blue Earth Lions Club, Blue Earth School Board member for eight years, served as a Faribault County Commissioner from 1982-1990, Board member of MRCI in Mankato for over 35 years, was involved with the Relay for Life event for many years and was a lifetime member of the Blue Earth VFW post 4580 and American Legion Post 89. He received the WCCO Good Neighbor Award in 1990 and the Blue Earth Community Service Award in 1995.
Chuck is survived by his sons, Greg (Elena) Pingry, of Muskego, Wis., and Brian (Laura) Pingry, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; son-in-law, Jay Ruby, of Lakota, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Todd), Michael (fianc, Alicia), Ben (Ashley), Josh, Amanda, Jessica and Jared; and one great-grandchild, Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arlene, in 1991; daughter,?Char Ruby, in 1999; and a sister, Virginia Furguson, in 1985.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com