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Peters Funeral Home
Saturday December 16th, 2017

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Monday December 18th, 2017

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Richard J. Ingerle

Richard J. “Dick” Ingerle, 86, of Elba, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at CHI Health Saint Francis in Grand Island, surrounded by his family. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Peters Funeral Home in St. Paul. Rev. Mike Anderson and Pastor Cheryl Anderson will officiate. Inurnment will military honors will be 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell. Richard James Ingerle was born on Feb. 3, 1931, at Lincoln, the son of Louis V. and Jean M. (Kellenbarger) Ingerle. He grew up in Elba where he received his education at Elba Public School and was a 1949 graduate of Elba High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on Sept. 11, 1950. He was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA, where he served as a radar gunner on B36 bombers. He was discharged on Sept. 10, 1954. He then attended Gonzaga University in Spokane from 1954 to 1955. He returned to Elba where he worked in the family gravel business. He was united in marriage to Coleen D. Piper on Oct. 25, 1963. He returned to continue his education from 1963 to 1965, attending Kearney State College. Dick then taught music in Wallace, Sutherland and Elba schools. In 1979, he started Tri County Sand and Gravel in Elba, along with other members of the Ingerle family. From 1987 to 1996, he taught Industrial Technology at UNK and he also developed and ran the Mine Safety Training Program for the State of Nebraska. Dick was a member of the Elba United Methodist Church, Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul, and the Elks. He had served as the chairman of the Housing Authority in Elba, was president of the Musicians Union in Grand Island form 1963 to 1965 and had played the sax and clarinet with 32 different bands. Dick is survived by his wife, Coleen D. Ingerle of Elba; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Vickie Ingerle of Cheyenne, WY; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Randy Mewis of Kearney; four grandchildren, Cary Ingerle, Robert Ingerle and Ashley Ingerle, all of Cheyenne, WY, Nikona and Jon Crocker of Kearney; two great grandchildren, Jac and Charlie Crocker of Kearney; brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Edna Ingerle of Elba; and sister, Carol Maxwell of Challis, Idaho; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Amanda Mewis. Memorials are suggested to the Elba EMT's or the Elba United Methodist Church.

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Colleen - Marilyn and I send our prayers and sympathy to all your family. I think you know how much I valued Dick's friendship-nearly fifty-five years of it. Wish we were nearer so we could have celebrated it more often! Always admired him for coming back and finishing his degree even tho his was what they now call a "non-traditional" student ... older and more mature than most of us who were wandering around Kearney State. He was a fine music teacher and I know his smile - so graphically pictured here - touched many a young musician with the understanding of how much he cared for their success. God be good to him! And God comfort all who loved him! Bill McGahan

Bill McGahan Dec 13 2017 1:04 PM

I too have fond memories of Mr. Ingerle and the Sutherland band. Grateful for dedicated teacher who cared about his students. Thinking about him driving to school hunched over in his VW bug makes me smile. Thanks Mr. ingerle!

Candy Crosby Dec 12 2017 8:06 PM

Fond memories of the good years we taught together in Sutherland. It was an honor to teach your two beautiful children. You were a fantastic teacher and role (peer) model for us young teachers. We can only imagine what a fantastic grandpa you were. Art and I send our sympathy to you, Coleen. God bless Art and Debbie Soderholm

debbie art soderholm Dec 12 2017 3:09 PM

thank you uncle dick for letting me fish in your pond and doing the kindness favor and untangling my fishing pole! <3 You will be greatly missed!

Millie Piper Dec 12 2017 11:48 AM

You gave me an opportunity to excell at a time of life when I truly needed it. Thank you for sharing your love of music with so many young people!

Bruce Crosby Dec 12 2017 6:30 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Ingerle

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A candle was lit in memory of Richard Ingerle

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