Gary Pinkelman
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Gary F. Pinkelman, age 70 of Hartington, Nebraska died suddenly on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family (Sts. Peter & Paul) Catholic Church in Bow Valley, Nebraska with the Rev. Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be at the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Bow Valley. Visitation will be at church on Wednesday from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday at church one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Clint Pinkelman, Andy Leise, Todd Steffen, Ellie Pinkelman, McKae Pinkelman, Delon Kathol, and Brent Kollars.

Gary Francis was born on November 30, 1942 in Yankton, SD to Edward H. and Eleanor (Wortmann) Pinkelman. He grew up in the Bow Valley, Nebraska area and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Hartington in 1960. Gary then served in the U.S. Army for two years and was stationed in Hawaii. Gary married Judy Ann Eickhoff on August 8, 1964 in Hartington. He worked on a farm east of Bow Valley for Bud Hesse for five years prior to starting his own business (Pinkelman Sales) in Hartington in 1969.

Gary was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Bow Valley Park Association and the Yankton Home Builders Association. Gary served on numerous school & church boards and committees over the years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and always enjoyed getting people together for fish fry's. Gary especially enjoyed the time he could spend at his cabin on the Missouri River.

Gary is survived by his wife, Judy of Hartington; four children and their spouses Jill and Bob Quale of Wilmington, Delaware, Brian and Lynette Pinkelman of Bow Valley, NE, Tracy Pinkelman of Broomfield, Colorado, Tiffany and Jack Guilderson of Boston, MA; seven grandchildren Ellie, McKae, Adam and Josh Pinkelman, Jillian Quale, Rowan and Liam Guilderson; two brothers and spouses Rod and Mary Jean Pinkelman of Plymouth, MN, Rick and Mary Pinkelman of Bow Valley, NE; five sisters and spouses Connie and Ray Larsen of Minneapolis, MN, Lynn and Allen Kathol of Hartington, NE, Marce and Dan Kollars of Hartington, NE, Virginia and Ron Hansum of Chicago, IL, Brenda and Steve Leise of Hartington, NE; and brother-in-law Dennis and wife Denice Steffen of Chicago, IL.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; one sister Bonnie Steffen, and infant granddaughter Mary Pinkelman

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Going to miss Garry my prayers for you at this sad tine

Fr Garry

Gary was such a friendly nice guy! He will be missed. All the best to his family.

Craig Padgett

To family.....our thoughts and prayers go out to ALL at this time.
When Eric told me the news last night - I was shocked to say the least. I will miss speaking with him on the phone for work.......

Jana Eickhoff

Dear Judy and Family,
My sincerest condolences to you at this time.
May God bless you and all of your family. I was so shocked to see the beginning of his obituary in the Yankton P & D this morning.

All of you are in my prayers.
Rosetta Hopler

My prayers to Gary's family and friends. He was a great man and will be missed. May God bless you all.

Robert Pfund

We will miss him Gary was a super guy we worked many shows with each other our prayers are with all the family

Tony Van Vaoorst

Judy,Brian & family
 So sorry to hear about Gary.You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. We truly enjoyed working with Gary at Pinkelman Sales.

May God bless you all.
Harley & Deb Holmes From Overhead Door Co. of Yanktondoor

Gary was about a good as guy you would ever meet. He was not only a good business man, but would go out of his way to help people if they needed it. We will truly miss visiting with him at shows, on the phone, and just being his friend.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's family.
Kelly McClintic & Dennis Neville

Our prayers and condolences to Gary's family. Gary will be missed in the business community of Hartington.

Jim & Judy Neu

Dear Judy and Family
We were taken by surprise when we heard about Gary.Our condolences to you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.

Jerry and Doris Faust

Aunt Judy, Brian, Jill, Tracy, and Tiffany,
We were very sorry to hear the news. I have many fond memories of Uncle Gary and all you guys. Know that you and he are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark, Calli, Brent, and Maggie Eickhoff

Dear Jill and Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Liz Farrell and Your Friends at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

My prayers and condolences to Gary's family. It has taken all of us here at NoSwett Fencing by surprise. Gary was just here last week visiting. I will miss working with him on the phone in the summer time. RIP Gary.

David Smith

Are thoughts and prayers go out to Gary,s family. We will miss Gary at the shows. He was a great guy.

Eldon Van Dyk Sudenga Ind. Inc.

Just found out about Gary at the Norfolk Farm Show. He would always take time to visit with me at shows and Lester building meetings. Never too busy to stop and visit. May Gary's soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Robert Csukker, (fellow Lester building dealer)

I was so surprised and saddened to hear of Garys passing. My condolences to Garys family and friends.

Candice LaBarre ( Lester Building Systems)

Gary was one of my best friends. He was like a brother to me. I'll miss meeting him and Sioux City and grabbing a bite to eat and I'll miss seeing him at all the farm and home shows. My deepest sympathy is with his family at this time.

-Pete Bolln "HP"

Judy,Brian, and family,
All our prayers go out to all of you's. It was such a surprise to hear of Gary's passing. He was one great guy to fish and joke around with. He stopped by in Nov. and had a good afternoon visit with him. He'll be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you's

Ray and Judy Woslager

Dear Brian and family,
Gary will duly be missed. Gary would always go out his way to help or offer advice whenever asked. He was good man and was always a pleasure to be around. Please accept my sympathies and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

Randy Vavrina, Vavrina Inc

We are very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Sympathy and love to Judy, the kids and grandkids. We have many memories of our past in Nebr., with the Pinkelmans, God Bless You All and we will keep you in our prayers.

Dorothy Hesse

Judy, Brian and Family Prayers for Gary's entire family. One of the best business friends I worked with over the years as manager of CD Swine. He was a true friend we had great visits about our kids,faith, and lives. We visited about hospice I'm a volunteer at Wayne Hospital he shared that he might like trying that someday he would have been great at it he was a very faithful and compassionate man.Brian he was very proud of you .I will truly miss him .Wish I could attend his services but have a conflict .He always encouraged my son Jason in his construction business.

Martey Stewart

Our sympathies to the Pinkelman family. We feel so fortunate to have seen Gary at the Dakota Farm Show last week. He was busy with a potential customer but he still acknowledged us with his friendly smile.
May he rest in peace.

Tim and Krystal Paulson Master Closet/Ultimate Garage in Yankton

Dear Judy, Brian, and family,

On behalf of all of us at Lester Building Systems, please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Gary this past weekend. All of us at Lester who had the opportunity to get to know Gary over the years have enjoyed many, many good times in his presence. We will miss him dearly.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

John Hill, Lester Building Systems

We wanted to offer our most sincere condolences to Gary's wife, Judy, and to all of the family. We hope that all of the good memories you shared will help deal with the deep sorrow. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Joe & Irene Guilderson (Jack's uncle & aunt)

Joe Guilderson

Judy, Brian, and Family,

Our sympathies to the Pinkelman family...we were surprised to hear of Gary's passing. We enjoyed working with him.

Kevin Belt & Andy Beacom of B&B Construction, Inc.

My sympathy to the family. I enjoyed working with him and meeting him at shows. He always had a positive outlook.

Glennis Breuer, Sudenga Industries


Clark Hoesing

Our thoughts and prayers for the comfort and peace that only JESUS can give go out to all of Gary' family at this time.

Emery and Roberta Hoesing

Judy & Family, My deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed Gary whether discussing business or socially. He was one of the most positive thinking people I knew. He will be missed.

Don Munson, CPA-Retired

To the wonderful family of Gary Pinkelman
For 40 years Gary and I have been brothers. He helped me get started in business in 1973. We spent at least one evening (or more) on the phone every week. Gary was one of those very few wonderful people who could make everyone feel special. Over the years we worked countless farm shows together, fished together and watched each other's families grow. Gary was so pround of his precious wife, Judy, his kids and grand kids. I just can't put into words how much my family and I will miss Gary. I have one positive feeling right now. Gary was ever so solid in his faith in Christ and I know where his is right now. We miss you and love you, Gary.

Bill (Beav) Fattig

So very sorry to hear of Garry's death. We will miss him at the Sioux City Home Show. We always enjoyed seeing him and hearing all of the fishing stories. You are in our thoughts,

Chuck and Charlotte( Sudbeck) Bohlin

How appropriate that there were so many photos of fishing and boating in the tribute video, as I have vivid, happy memories of Uncle Gary taking us Eickhoff kids out on the boat to attempt water skiing. May God bless and comfort his family.

Christine Eickhoff Minx

Aunt Judy and Family,

We are all saddened at the news of Uncle Gary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Cathy Eickhoff Kellar

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