March 3, 1917 ~ July 21, 2014
A memorial visitation will be 5-7pm, Friday, August 1, 2014, with a short service at 7pm, at Heartland Funeral Home. Inurnment will be 10:30am, Saturday, August 2, at Riverview Cemetery, Rock Rapids, Iowa, with full military honors.
Legionnaire of the Month
Dr. Virgil Inglett
In our continuing series of “Legionnaire of the Month” stories we feature another WW II Veteran. Virgil Inglett’s life story started on March 30, 1917 on a farm near Rock Rapids IA. Unfortunately, Virgil is no longer able to share the details of his long full productive interesting life. The following information was shared with me by his wife, Gerrie. Virgil always had a love for airplanes and has flown planes for as long as she can remember. When Virgil was 24 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Virgil responded by enlisting in the Air Force. He completed Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio TX. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Virgil wanted to go overseas and help with the war effort. However, the Air Force refused his request as they had other plans. They told Virgil he was needed more at Lackland Air Base. They told him that his skills as a pilot would be more valuable as an instructor. Consequently most of his remaining tour of duty was spent in Texas as an Aviation Instructor.
I hope to do more research to learn what types of planes he taught pilots to fly. Gerrie said he flew many different planes. I’d like to know–was he perhaps responsible for teaching some of the pilots that Col. Doolittle led in the 1st raid against Japan? Or did he help train some of the 1,250 bomber pilots who completed the heaviest Air Raid in Berlin in 1944? We will probably never know how many pilots he trained or whatever happened to many of them. But we do know Virgil must have had a tremendous positive impact on our air defense system of WW II.
Although Virgil owned planes and flew them Gerrie said his real passion was medicine. After the war ended Virgil went back to school and eventually became a Medical Doctor. He did his Internship in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Inglett continued his entire medical career in South Bend until retirement in 1979. His wife Gerrie said he could see Notre Dame from his office window. Dr. Inglett still has the first dollar he ever earned from delivering his first baby. After paying the nurses and other staff, he had one dollar left, so he wrote the baby’s name on that dollar bill and framed it. Times were tough and cash was hard to come by. Dr. Inglett took whatever patients were able to give him. It sounds like they always had plenty of chicken or eggs to eat.
In 1981 Dr. Inglett married Gerrie Sutton. Gerrie had two boys from a previous marriage and Virgil had 2 boys and one girl from a previous marriage. In 1982, the Inglett’s moved to Canton SD and in 1992 they moved to Sherman SD. Virgil and Gerrie have been Legion and Auxiliary members of Post 23 since moving there.
Virgil and Gerrie remained very active in retirement and both drove motorcycles. They both enjoyed hunting and fishing. The above photo is of Virgil enjoying one of his favorite pastimes—fishing on the MO River. Although retired, they also worked part time. They delivered cars throughout the Midwest for Enterprise Rental. When Virgil turned 90 he felt he should retire from the “car delivery business”. As long as his health allowed, Virgil managed to continue keeping busy. One of his other hobbies is woodworking. He built 57 cedar chests and gave all but two away. When I looked at the one he made for Gerrie it was obvious, Virgil has some real woodworking skill. The top of this cedar chest had a beautiful inlayed design made with a variety of woods of different colors.
With declining health Gerrie has been Virgil’s primary care giver. Gerrie said “we hear a lot of bad things about the VA System but the Sioux Falls VA has provided better care than anyone else”. His care then included home hospice services.
I regret that it is no longer possible to obtain some of Virgil’s stories about his military and professional career. It would have been most interesting and fascinating. We want to say “thank you Virgil”. You have served out country and mankind well. The Lord has blessed you and allowed you to serve our country and mankind well over your 97 years.
Post 23 Commander
Virgil will be deeply missed by his wife of thirty-three years, Gerrie, his five children and many grandchildren.
Due to allergies, the family requests no flowers, but memorials can be directed to the Salvation Army in Virgil’s memory.
January 5, 1952 ~ July 1, 2014
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:00 pm, at Heartland Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Green officiating.
Candy Lynn Ganser was born January 5, 1952, in North Platte, NE, to Charles and Donna (Everett) Ganser. She moved to Sioux Falls with her family at a young age and attended school in Sioux Falls. Candy married Richard Warwick, (the love of her life), on June 16, 1972 and together they raised three beautiful daughters. Candy’s first place of employment was at the little grocery store named Omar’s Market at the corner of north Main and Russel. She also operated her own daycare for several years. Candy was a long time employee of JW Window Components, Raven Industries and at her last place of employment, the Glory House.
Candy had many hobbies including baking and cooking, listening to good music, traveling, and shopping. She also really enjoyed camping and pheasant hunting but most of all, she really loved her family. Candy lived her life on her terms and her family can attest that at one time or another in their lives, she was their strength and she will be greatly missed.
Candy is survived by her husband, Dick; daughters, Crystal Kuhnert, Sioux Falls, Jenny Warwick, Sioux Falls, and Shannon Warwick, Dell Rapids; and one son , Steven Kuhnert, Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren, Abby, Stevie, Hailey, Hannah, Khol, Dylan, Taryn, Elizabeth, Scott Shane, Shaun; three sister, Penny (Rhett) Anderberg, Rowena, Pam Ganser, Sioux Falls, Patrice Ganser, Sioux Falls; two brothers, Kevin (Sherry) Ganser, Lomita, CA, Scott (Angela) Ganser, Milwaukee, OR; and many nieces and nephews.
Candy was preceded in death by her parents, two older brothers, Charles and Thomas, and a grandson, Travis Ness and one very special friend Jason K. Farley.
December 8, 1959 ~ July 1, 2014
Private family services have been handled.
Gregory Kent Petersen was born December 8, 1959, in Worthington, MN to Jack and Marilyn (Blixt) Petersen. The family moved to California in 1960 where Greg grew up, attend school, worked as a painter and landscape designer, and resided until 1998, when he moved back to Sioux Falls.
Greg is survived by his two sons, Colby (Samantha) Petersen, and Josh (Lisa) Petersen, and one granddaughter, Jules, all of California; two sisters, Jana (Chuck) Anderson, and Sharla (Dave) Johnson, both of Brandon; and two brothers, Mike (Joan) Petersen, Gresham, OR, and Ryan Petersen of Sioux Falls; and 10 nieces and nephews and 20 great nieces and nephews.
March 15, 1940 ~ July 3, 2014
Funeral services will begin at 12:30pm, Monday, July 7, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, with visitation beginning at 11:30am. Pastor Lee Green will be officiating. Interment will follow at River View Cemetery, Rock Rapids, IA.
Ardis Ann Hollander was born March 15, 1940, to Pete and Amanda (Jansen) Hollander in Rock Rapids, IA, as one of five children. The family lived in Edna, IA, Kanaranzi, MN, and then Magnolia, MN where Ardis graduated. Shortly after her graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Milton Lauck, on November 1, 1958, at the Stateline Ebenezer Presbyterian Church. The couple lived in a few different towns before moving to the Twin Cities for many years until they retired in 1998. While there, Ardis worked for Dayton’s for various departments in retail sales. The couple bought a motorhome and moved to the Phoenix, AZ, area. They spent many years traveling the Southwest region. Ardis loved to site see and loved the mountains so this way of life really suited her. It also afforded her the opportunity to travel to see her family and spoil her nieces and nephews whom she adored. Ardis spent her spare time crocheting many different items. More recently, Ardis and Milton returned to Sioux Falls to be closer to her family while she dealt with some health issues.
Ardis will be deeply missed by her husband of 55 years, Milton; four siblings, Dennis Hollander, Colton, Jerry (Julie) Hollander, Eugene, OR, Lee (Judy) Hollander, Omaha, NE, and Lola (Don) Wulf, Sioux City, IA; and many nieces and nephews.
Ardis was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Amanda (Jansen) Hollander.
June 13, 1950 ~ June 28, 2014
Visitation will be 4:30 to 7pm, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home, with family present from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Funeral services will be 1:00pm, Wednesday, July 2, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Fr. Terry Weber officiating. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls.
Dave Helm was born June 13, 1950 in Sioux Falls, to Clarence and Vicki (Shodak) Helm. He attended Eugene Field Elementary, Whittier Jr. High and Washington High School. Dave held many different occupations including a mechanic, a police officer, owner of H/H garbage service in Brandon, and as an over-the-road truck driver. Most recently, Dave drove for Sara Lee.
In early years, Dave spent a lot of time deer and pheasant hunting with his family. Dave also was a huge race fan and Huset’s Speedway was a big part of his spare time. He co-owned a car with Kelly Egan and worked on several cars. He boxed as a kid and continued to enjoy watching the sport throughout his life. Dave will forever be known for his storytelling and joking with people.
Dave will be deeply missed by his wife, Helen; seven children, Tim (Naja) Lemke, Sioux Falls, Christina (Bruce Crawford) McGregor, Sioux Falls, Jon (Kim) Helm, Sioux Falls, Steven Helm, Sioux Falls, Clarence (Jessica) Helm, South Bend, IN, Nathan Helm, Brandon, and Patrick (Shannon) Helm, Brandon; twelve grandchildren, Katie, Jordan P, Samantha, Makenzie, Dylan, Jordan C, Carys, Ayda, Mila, Mia, Shaylee and Zane; two great-grandchildren, Taylor, Amelia, and soon to be Baby Boy Page; two brothers, Darrell (Linda) Helm, and Dan (Joyce) Helm, both of Sioux Falls; and one sister, Jeri (Tike) Robinson, Sioux Falls, many nieces and nephews and Dave’s best little buddies, “Beans & Pooh”.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents and one son, David (Dave) Joseph Helm.