Emmet Stengel, age 100 of Milbank, SD who died February 15, 2017, at Golden Living Care Center.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Milbank. Rev. Thom Bowsher and Rev. Dr. DeVern Schwenn will officiate. Burial will be in the Milbank Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday at Mundwiler Funeral Home from 5 – 7 p.m. and continue on Tuesday morning, one hour prior to the service at Central United Methodist Church.
Casket bearers will be grandchildren: Karla Nygren, Jennifer Goetzinger, Marty Nygren, Scott Stengel, Andrea Bohn, and Ross Stengel.
Emmet Elwood Stengel was born November 11, 1916, in Milbank, SD. He was the son of Silas and Maggie (Koch) Stengel. Emmet was born and raised on the family farm. Emmet graduated from Milbank High School and continued his education in Wahpeton, ND as a welder.
Emmet worked in the Civilian Conservation Corp in the Black Hills of South Dakota and helped build Pactola Dam. He was united in marriage with Margaret Bohn on August 28, 1940, in Milbank, SD.
Emmet was employed as a body man for Sharp Chevrolet, Watertown, SD. He then moved to California where he built P 38 airplanes for Lockheed Aircraft. He was the final inspector before the airplanes left the facility.
In 1945, Emmet began his farming career on the family farm. Farming with his brother, Leonard, for a few years, then continued farming on his own.
Emmet and Margaret enjoyed spending many winters in Texas and Arizona. They also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and loved their summers at their lake cabin on Big Stone Lake.
Emmet was a faithful member of the Central United Methodist Church where he was the oldest active member. He was proud to drive the church bus for many years. He was a South Dakota Master Pork Producer in the late 1960’s. He was a Past President of the Grant County Senior Citizens as well as a member of the Milbank Lion’s Club.
Emmet was a talented stained glass artist and made beautiful memory treasures for his grandchildren.
Emmet Stengel is survived by his daughter, Judy (Nik) Nygren of Vermillion, SD; son, Milton (Janet) Stengel of Milbank, SD; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild: Karla Nygren of Sioux Falls, SD; Jennifer (Jason) Goetzinger of Sioux City, IA and their children: Aynslee and Kaille; Marty (Tresa) Nygren of Vermillion, SD and sons Nolan and Mason; Scott (Jessica) Stengel of Milbank, SD and daughters: Jazmine (and daughter Paizley), Savannah, and Cheyenne; Andrea (Gregory) Bohn of Twin Brooks, SD and children Dylan, Tenley, and Adalynn; Ross (Kristen) Stengel of Sioux Falls, SD and sons Corbin and Brennen. Also surviving is one brother, Leonard Stengel of Milbank, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Silas and Maggie Stengel; his wife, Margaret.