Robert R. Ingle, age 89, of Cavour, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018, at the Huron Regional Medical Center. His memorial service was held at 10:30 AM, November 29th at the First United Methodist Church, with military honors by the Huron Veterans Council.
Robert R. Ingle was born October 3, 1929, in Mitchell, South Dakota, to Amoy J. and Laura May (Rhoads) Ingle. He grew up on the family farm south of Cavour and graduated from Huron High School in 1947. Bob earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Huron College on June 5, 1951. He was a photographer while in college, a skill which he was able to use to his advantage later while serving in the United States Army.
Bob met Lois Mae Schneiderman while he was at Huron College. They were married on April 18, 1951, at the Methodist Church in Woonsocket. Bob served in the United States Army for two years primarily at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the service company for the 50th Signal Battalion attached to the 82nd Airborne Division. Originally designated to work on telephone lines, he was happy to change his duty to photography due to his experience at Huron College.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Bob and Lois returned to the family farm south of Cavour where he would live for the next 60 years. Bob raised seed crops for many years, and built a seed plant in 1982. With the creation of Pearl View Seeds, Bob was able to clean and process seed as well as package bird food products. He had a passion for the seed business and was Sokota Hybrids dealer, was certified seed producer and processor with Pearl View Seeds from 1983 to 2009, and a member and officer in the South Dakota Seed Trade Association.
During this time, he continued to be active in a number of different organizations. He joined International Flying Farmers in 1955 and was a member to the present day. Robert first served as regional 5 director in the 1960’s and then as international secretary through president in the 1970’s. He logged thousands of hours in various airplanes and flew from the Hudson Bay to Costa Rica. He was elected to the Huron Board of Education for 2 terms in the 1970’s. He was awarded Outstanding Young Farmer in 1960. He was appointed to the board of directors for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks by Governor Harvey Wollman and again by Governor William Janklow. From 2010 to present, he also enjoyed being a member of the Huron Area Photo Club. Robert was also member of the American Legion.
He had been a member of the Huron First United Methodist Church since his school days, and before that the Pearl Creek Methodist Church south of Cavour.
Robert loved being active in the outdoors. He had a life-long experience in trapping, hunting, fishing and boating.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois in 2009; his sister, Carol Joan Graf in 2018.
He is survived by his children, Scott and his wife, Sharon Ingle, of Cavour, and Beth and her husband, Jim Mathias, of Olathe, Kansas; his grandson, Marc Mathias of Olathe Kansas; his brother-in-law, Larry Graf of Delaware; and many nieces and nephews.Download and Print
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